How to Clean Mold From Leather

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Mold is one of leather's number one enemies, but it's not difficult to fix. To make your vintage leather mold free, simply follow the few steps listed below.

Note: This method is not applicable for suede or nubuck. Contact leather cleaning professional for these types of leather.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Varies

What You Need:

  • A soft cloth
  • A warm, dry environment
  • Leather cleaner or mild soap

Here's How:

  1. Dry out leather item in warm room until completely dry.
  2. Remove surface mold with damp cloth (mold will wipe off if the leather has been dried out completely).
  3. Allow leather to dry completly for a second time.
  4. Clean dried leather thoroughly with leather cleaner or a VERY mild soap (like baby shampoo).
  5. Keep leather clean, conditioned, and properly stored to prevent mold from returning.


  1. Clean entire leather item to ensure an even color and texture result.
  2. When using anything other than a specialized leather cleaner, do a spot test and allow it to dry prior to cleaning the entire item.
  3. Always follow manufacturer's instructions when using a cleaner specifically for leather.
  4. Never use detergent to clean leather.
  5. If home methods do not work, contact a professional leather cleaner in your area.