How Do You Remove Water Stains From Leather?

To remove water stains from leather, sponge off as much sitting water as possible, use a leather cleaner to get rid of the outline of the water spot, and draw out the moisture. The more regularly you have maintained your leather prior to the spill, the less time this takes.

  1. Get rid of any excess water

    Use a clean, dry cloth or sponge to wipe away any water still sitting on the leather, as this keeps it from settling in and worsening the stain. Begin as soon as you see the water, as swift action often prevents a stain from forming at all.

  2. Remove the outline

    Use leather cleaner and a clean, dry cloth to wipe away the outline that forms around the water spot. Spray or apply conservatively, and wipe gently. Repeat until the outline disappears or becomes significantly less visible.

  3. Start cleaning the stain

    Dip a clean sponge in water at room temperature, and wring it out so that the surface is just damp rather than dripping wet. Dampen the entire area surrounding the stain on the leather item, and then wipe the sponge gently along the stained area, moving out from the middle of the stain. Wipe the leather dry with a clean cloth, and wait for the surface to dry.

  4. Wipe on a protectant

    Apply saddle soap to condition the leather after the stain is gone and the leather is dry.