How to Deep Clean Soiled Leather

Leather is material made from the hide of a cow and is used for both decorative and practical applications.
Leather requires regular maintenance.Leather requires regular maintenance.
Leather is found in furniture, cars, shoes and accessories such as purses, so it is likely that you may find yourself with a soiled piece of leather in need of a deep clean. You don’t need any special machinery to get your leather clean and looking new--in fact, you can do it yourself without breaking a sweat.

Step 1

Clean the entire surface of the leather with a lightly dampened cloth. This will remove any of the minor surface dirt.

Step 2

Apply leather shampoo to a soft, non-abrasive sponge and get the sponge a little wet.

Step 3

Work the shampoo into the leather using small, circular motions. Move around the leather and make sure you clean the entire surface.

Step 4

Wipe the leather down with a damp towel to remove the soap and any water left behind.

Step 5

Pour a little more water onto the leather if any soap or dirt got left behind. Wipe the water away quickly with the towel.

Step 6

Let the leather item dry completely before using it.

Things You Will Need

  • Cloth
  • Leather shampoo
  • Non-abrasive sponge
  • Towel

About the Author

Based in New Jersey, Robert Raphael has been writing health and technology articles since 1993. His work has appeared in “Natural Living” magazine and “Extreme PC” magazine. Raphael received the Jonathan Melman Literary Award in 1994. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brandeis University.