How to Sterilize Leather

Leather is a material made from the skin of animals, which over time can become dirty and disgusting.

Leather boots can be sterilized.Leather boots can be sterilized.
Objects such as leather boots can even catch disease when proper precautions are not taken. When this happens, it will be necessary to disinfect and sterilize the leather. Sterilizing leather is very important in order to keep your leather clean and safe to use. There are a few ways to sterilize your leather without harming it in the process.

Dampen a clean cloth with water and pour a teaspoon of dish soap on the cloth. Rub the cloth over the surface of the leather. Move in a circular motion over the entire surface and scrub out any visible dirt or grease. Rinse off the soap with a damp rag.

Wipe the area dry with a clean rag. Put a small dab of vinegar onto a clean rag and scrub the leather thoroughly.

Apply antiseptic mouthwash on the leather just like the vinegar was applied. Pour the mouthwash on a clean cloth and move over the surface in a circular motion to kill anything on the surface of the leather.

Apply a thin coat of leather conditioner to the surface of the leather after it has been exposed to the sun. Rub on the oil in a circular motion and let it dry for two hours or until dry to the touch. Apply a second coat in the same manner, if necessary.

Things You Will Need

  • Clean cloth
  • Dish soap
  • Vinegar
  • Antiseptic mouthwash
  • Leather conditioner

About the Author

Alexander Callos began writing in 2005 for "The Lantern" at The Ohio State University and has written for various websites, including Bleacher Report, Top Ten Real Estate Deals and Columbus Sports. He has published articles for CBS Sports, SI.com and other websites. He graduated in 2007 from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in public affairs journalism.