How to Get Salad Dressing Stains Out of Leather

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Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels

  • Baby powder

  • Clean cloths

  • Bowl

  • 1/2 tsp. dishwashing detergent

  • Leather moisturizer


Substitute other absorbents for the baby powder, such as cornstarch, baking soda or talcum powder. If the oil stain caused from salad dressing has dried in the leather surface, rub the dry absorbent into the leather with your hands. The heat from your hands warms up and softens the oil so the powder or cornstarch more easily absorbs it.

Salad dressing stains don't have to permanently discolor your leather.

Natural materials are porous by nature, with a tendency to absorb liquid stains quickly. When oily salad dressing comes in contact with leather, the grease soaks into the leather, leaving behind a dark, discolored area. Fast action to remove the grease stain makes the removal process quicker, but even a salad dressing stain that's soaked in can be removed. The key to getting salad dressing oil stains out of leather is to draw the oil out of the leather in addition to cleaning it off the surface.

Step 1

Use paper towels to remove excess salad dressing.

Lay paper towels over the leather surface to soak up excess salad dressing. Allow the dressing to absorb into the towels without rubbing and scrubbing to avoid spreading the stain. Discard soiled paper towels and continue to soak up salad dressing until it's removed from the surface.

Step 2

Cover the remaining salad dressing stain on the leather with baby powder. Apply enough baby powder to completely cover the stain. Leave the baby powder on overnight to absorb the oily salad dressing residue from within the leather surface.

Step 3

Brush the baby powder off the leather with a clean, dry cloth.

Step 4

Mild detergents and soaps are safest for leather.

Mix 1/2 tsp. dishwashing detergent with 2 cups of warm water to make a mild cleansing solution. Dampen a clean cloth in the detergent solution then wring it out to remove as much moisture as possible. Wipe off the leather surface to clean it. Rinse with a damp cloth then dry the leather with another cloth before allowing the surface to air dry.

Step 5

Moisturize the leather with an appropriate leather moisturizer. Keeping leather moist helps to maintain the condition of the leather and prevent fast absorption of stain materials.


Mary Ylisela

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.