Cleaning leather is essential to keeping the material in good shape. Because of its composition, specific steps have to be taken during the cleaning process.
How to Clean Rain Soaked Leather
Dry the leather in air naturally. Do not apply any chemicals and keep it away from hot objects. When the leather is dry, apply leather conditioner. This will bring back its original softness. This technique also works for leather that has been immersed in water for a long time.
Spray the stained portion with a hairspray. Get a clean dry cloth and wipe it. Note: ink can be difficult to remove. You may need to hairspray the part repeatedly.
Cleaning Leather with Mildew Stain
Combine a cup of rubbing alcohol with a cup of water. Dip a cloth in the mixture. Squeeze the cloth. Use it to wipe away the mildew stains. Dry the leather in air.
How to Remove Blood or Urine on Leather
For blood or urine stain, you just have to blot the moisture with a moist cloth. Let the leather dry naturally. Keep it away from heat producing materials.
Gum Stains on Leather
Get a bag of ice cubes. Rubbing this over the gum will stiffen it. When the gum hardens, pull it off. If gum residues remain, use a hair dryer to heat it. Afterwards, rub it off with a clean dry cloth.
Leather Grease Stains
Blot the greased portion with a piece of cloth. Spray some talcum powder or cornstarch on it. Keep the powder there for 4 hours. Get a clean cloth and use it to remove the powder.
How to Clean Vintage leather
3 white cotton cloths
Put saddle soap on the leather using a cloth. Wipe in a circular manner. Let the saddle soap sit on the leather for a few minutes.
Get another damp cloth. Wipe this cloth on the leather to remove the saddle soap.
Dry the leather with a towel. Make sure all moisture is removed. Put mink oil on the leather. Use your hands to apply the oil. Use a clean cloth to remove any excess mink oil. Buff it up until the leather glistens.
When cleaning leather with saddle soap, make sure the saddle soap is completely removed. If the soap is not completely rinsed, the leather will dry or worse, crack up. Never use cloth with dyes to wipe leather.