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 steps listed below.
Note: This method is not applicable for suede or nubuck. Contact a leather cleaning professional for these types of leather.
What You Need
- A soft cloth
- A warm, dry environment
- Leather cleaner or mild soap
- Dry out leather item in a warm room until completely dry.
- Remove surface mold with a damp cloth (mold will wipe off if the leather has been dried completely).
- Allow leather to dry for a second time.
- Clean dried leather thoroughly with leather cleaner or very mild soap (like baby shampoo).
- Keep leather clean, conditioned, and properly stored to prevent mold from returning.
- Clean entire leather item to ensure an even color and texture result.
- When using anything other than a specialized leather cleaner, do a spot test and allow it to dry prior to cleaning the entire item.
- Always follow manufacturer's instructions when using a leather cleaner.
- Never use detergent to clean leather.
- If home methods do not work, contact a professional leather cleaner.