Never use any of these to Clean Leather Furniture:

Saddle Soap

Hardens the surface of upholstery leather and dries it out.

Baby Wipes
Designed to neutralize the uric acid on baby's bottom, their strong alkaline content will damage the leather finish over time

Household Cleaners and Chemicals

High salt presence damaging to leather finish

Bleach or Acetone

They  should never be used to remove stains. Not only will they damage the leather and remove the dye, but they will often also leave a barrier that will make repair and re-dyeing difficult or impossible.
For best results you need a professional, water based leather cleaner that penetrates deep into the fiber to remove the grit and grime that can cause damage, yet is gentle and correctly pH balanced for Upholstery Leather.

Cleaning leather upholstery

in 3 easy steps

Vacuum your leather sofa, chair or ottoman (car seats too) with the vacuum upholstery tool at least once a month.This will greatly reduce "grit and grime" damage.
2. Clean with Leather and Vinyl MD Cleaner every 3 months and add a light coat of Leather and Vinyl MD Conditioner   
3. Arrange furniture away from direct sunlight or apply uvSunguard to prevent loss of color.

Leather Care Basics

 1. If you spill anything on the leather (especially unprotected leather) gently blot immediately. Don’t rub the stain in. Wipe with appropriate (for protected or unprotected leather) Leather and Vinyl MD Cleaner following label instructions.

2. Because leather finishes vary,  always test leather cleaners and conditioners on an inconspicuous area before using.

3. Don't lay newspapers or damp jeans on leather furniture. Damp or wet jeans and newspapers and can cause Dye Transfer to occur. That is, the dye from these articles will penetrate the leather and cause stains that are difficult to remove.

Ink Stains
If the ink is not permanent, clean following directions on cleaner. For permanent ink stains (i.e. sharpie), you need to have the article professionally cleaned. 

Nail polish 
Carefully scrape wet polish with dull knife or spatula in a slightly upward motion. Sometime a slight milky mark will remain on the outside edges. For further removal call a professional. Do not use acetone as this will damage the leather, may remove some of the leather color and will usually not remove the nail polish. If nail polish is dry, call a professional.

Urine Stains
 From pets or people: Wipe immediately. Clean with appropriate leather cleaner. If cushions can be opened check filler. If it is soiled, discard it and replace filling. If odor persists call professional.

Grease stains
Clean with professional leather cleaner.
Caked on food 
Gently scrape off food. Blot to remove as much oil or stain as possible, then clean with professional cleaner..

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Nubuck, Uncoated Aniline and Suede.
Nubuck and Pure Aniline are not top coated with pigment and therefore require special treatment when cleaning and conditioning. Use Professional Leather Cleaner designed for "Raw" or uncoated leather.

Minor Stains: Blot and then clean them immediately with Nubuck Leather Cleaner. Follow with our Nubuck Leather Conditioner. Once stains have set, they are very difficult if not impossible to remove.

Scratches: can sometimes be lightly buffed out with a soft cloth.

Grease stains: Immediately apply ground white chalk powder and leave on for 24 hours. Do not rub. Then brush off with an upholstery brush.

Caked on Food - NUBUCK (with pile) ONLY!
Rub very gently with extra fine sandpaper or nail file to remove food particles


Great care should be taken when storing leather furniture. NEVER wrap leather tightly in plastic. Leather is a natural material and needs to "breathe".  Plastic also encourages the growth of mildew. You can drape plastic over the piece but make sure that air can circulate. Flannel or cotton sheets are good choices.  An additional padded layer of soft fabric will help protect the upholstery from accidental damage. Before storing, clean and condition the leather. Storage facilities should be climate controlled.

Cleaning and Maintenance,

Leather Furniture Care, Cleaning and Repair - DIY

Proper leather care not only enhances the beauty of your leather furniture but also greatly extends its life. Leather furniture should be cleaned and conditioned with a professional leather cleaner at least EVERY 3 MONTHS, more often if subjected to heavy use. Otherwise, dirt, grit and grime can discolor surface areas and eventually get down into the sub surface fibers causing cracking, tears and rips. Auto upholstery often requires more frequent treatment. At the very least you can wipe the surface with a clean damp cloth, on a daily bases. if you test on an inconspicuous spot and it does no damage.