How to Clean Cibola Leather

Founded in 1993 in Hickory, North Carolina, Cibola Leather was a small but high-quality leather company that had 300 dealers selling its furniture.

Cleaning and Conditioning

Leather is made from the hide of animals such as cow, deer and sheep.Leather is made from the hide of animals such as cow, deer and sheep.
In 2004, L. & J. G. Stickley -- a company known for its high-class furniture -- purchased the assets of Cibola Leather and changed the named to Craftsman Leather by Stickley. Made with the finest leather materials, Cibola -- or Craftsman -- leather will last a lifetime with the proper care. Cleaning Cibola leather improperly can cause damage and discoloration to the furniture.

Wipe surface debris -- such as dust, hair and dirt -- off the leather with a dry, lint-free cloth. Alternatively, use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum to remove the debris from the Cibola leather.

Fill a container with 1 part distilled white vinegar and 2 parts neat foot oil. Alternatively, substitute neat foot oil with food-grade linseed oil.

Dampen a lint-free cloth in the mixture and gently rub the leather. Begin at the top of the leather and rub in a circular motion while working downward.

Allow the mixture to dry on the Cibola leather for several hours, but preferably overnight. After the allotted time has passed, buff the leather with a clean, lint-free cloth.

Remove Scratches

Dampen a soft leather cloth -- called a chamois -- with distilled water. Rub the scratches gently with the damp cloth for several passes. Continue with the remaining steps if the scratches are still present.

Add three to four drops of olive oil onto a clean, lint-free cloth. Rub the scratches in a circular motion with the damp cloth. Add more olive oil when the cloth becomes dry, and continue rubbing until you have removed the scratches.

Dampen a lint-free cloth with cool water and wipe the olive oil off the leather. Clean and condition the Cibola leather as previously recommended.

Things You Will Need

  • Lint-free cloths
  • Container
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Neat foot oil
  • Chamois
  • Distilled water
  • Olive oil

About the Author

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.