How to Care for Top Grain Leather

Melynda Sorrels

Top grain leather is a term that refers to leather taken from the top part of the hide. It is also sanded down greatly which gives it a very smooth consistency which is easier to clean than other forms of leather. Leather is a highly temperamental material that requires special care to keep from damaging it.

Care for Top Grain Leather

With proper care, leather is a strong and durable material that can last for many years.


Test each conditioner or cleaner on an inconspicuous are of the leather before using it.


Avoid the use of harsh chemicals and abrasives on the leather.

  1. Use a high quality leather soap or nubuck cleaning cloth to clean leather as it needs it. When choosing a leather soap, be sure that it doesn't leave a residue as this may be harmful to the leather by giving bacteria a place to thrive. This can eventually break down the leather.

  2. Condition leather at least twice a year to prevent drying out and cracking. Use a high quality leather conditioner and a soft clean cloth.

  3. Store the leather in a cool dry place. Do not cover leather in plastic as this may cause mold to grow on it.

  4. Wipe up spills immediately to prevent damage using a soft clean cloth. Set the leather item in a cool dry place to dry.

  5. Mix one cup of isopropyl alcohol to one cup of water to remove mold. Use a soft clean cloth dipped in the solution and dry using a soft clean cloth.