How to Care for Your Vintage Leather

Remove Stains from Leather

You've been on the lookout for the perfect item and now you've found it! There's just one problem it is not in good condition. While there are some situations where you may have to send your vintage and/or luxury designer accessory to a restoration company; there are some remedies you can try at home first to save money. Make sure to keep in mind you should always test out an inconspicuous area FIRST to ensure the product agrees with the material.




Try Baking soda! This inexpensive gem is so useful for many household remedies and one of the most obvious should be removing odors since many people store a box of this amazing white powder in the back of their fridge. It works well in removing smells such as smoke (as long as it hasn't seeped too far into the fabric/leather), mold and perfume. I've tried baking soda with a Hermes bag, I purchased from a consignment store that wasn't stored properly, and it WORKED. I've seen some blogs suggest stuffing baking soda into socks or an open container. Personally, I poured it into a small mixing bowl and placed it on the inside of the handbag and left the bag open for a week.


Mildew suggests cleaning your entire accessory with a damp cloth first to remove any dust or dirt. Then, allow it to dry. If you have more stubborn smells, try using a leather cleaner or 1/2 water & 1/2 alcohol/vinegar mixture. If you aren't using a leather cleaner made by the manufacturer of your accessory make sure to test in a small hidden spot first. Repeat cleaning the entire accessory and allow ample time to dry. Repeat until the sent is gone. This method will also work for tough smoke smells.


Stains on leather

Water stains can be removed by using a soft cloth dipped in water. Use circular motions to remove. Repeat until the stain is gone. Then, treat with a leather conditioner.


Grease stains on leather

Try blotting the area with a lint-free cloth. Sprinkle a dry absorbing powder, such as corn starch, and let it sit for at least 8 hours. Remove the powder and repeat. You can also use a mild dishwashing liquid to lift the stain. Apply a leather conditioner once the stain is gone.


Stains on canvas

Try using a small amount of a laundry stain remover on a cloth and apply to your accessory. Avoid bleach products at all costs!




Add a polish/tarnishing solution to a cloth and apply to the area of issue.


Tears, broken zippers, deep scrapes or tough stains consider using a professional care service. We haven't used any of these services before, but here are some to get you started