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How To Remove Mold From Leather

How To Remove Mold From Leather

Removing Mold From Leather Furniture

If you like fashion accessories, then you may have leather shoes or leather bags in your closet. They’re great, but you may, at some point, have to deal with mold. The good news is that if it’s leather but not nubuck leather or suede, then then you can get rid of the mold yourself.


So here’s a list of things you’ll need to get rid of mold:

  • A soft cloth
  • A specially-made leather cleaner, but if you don’t have that then you can work with mild soap (such as baby shampoo)
  • Space for cleaning which is warm and dry, since a humid environment is just the right setting for mold growth to begin with


  1. If your leather item has mold growth, then that means it’s at least somewhat damp (water is mold’s best friend). This means that you should place your leather item in a warm dry room so it can dry out completely.
  2. Once the leather is completely dry, dampen your soft cloth and use it to get rid of the surface mold. You know that the leather has dried out completely if your soft cloth can easily wipe off the mold.
  3. When you’re done getting rid of the mold from the leather surface, the damp cloth will have made the leather a bit wet again. So you’ll need to leave it again in your warm dry room to let it dry out completely for the 2nd time.

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4. Use the leather cleaner to thoroughly clean the leather when it has dried. Remember that you need to use either the specially made leather cleaner or a cleaner that’s extremely gentle. Leather is as sensitive as a baby’s skin!

5. Once the mold has been removed completely and the leather has been thoroughly cleaned do try to keep your leather goods properly stored so the mold growth won’t return. Don’t forget to regular clean and condition the leather as well.

  • Additional Tips

    As you can see, it doesn’t take much to get rid of the mold from your leather goods. But here are some steps that should help you to optimize your results:

    • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when you’re using leather cleaner on your leather item.
    • When you’re cleaning your leather items, clean the entire item at one go. This helps make sure that the texture and the color of the leather remain even throughout.
    • If you’re not sure that your leather cleaner alternative (it’s not baby shampoo) is good for your leather, do a spot test first. Clean a small and inconspicuous spot and let it dry. Only then should you use it to clean the rest of the leather.
    • Don’t even think about using laundry detergent!
    • If you’re in any way unsure or if the method somehow didn’t work, then just call a pro.

    Remember, this method of mold removal from leather will not work for nubuck or suede. If you have that kind of leather goods, you’re probably better off leaving it to a professional.

  • Call Rescue One Restoration for all of your mold removal services!

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