The top 100 tips what not to use or do to your leather.

What Not To Do To Your Leather or After Repairs or Restoration

We have compiled a list of the most common questions asked or what we have been told of what’s happened to leather items, so we compiled the top 100 so you can see at a glance what not to use on leather as it damages the leathers surface and the hide.

Not adhering to this below will result in the stripping of colours, cause shrinkage of leather items and cause very bad staining or make leather hard, brittle and may de-laminate surfaces on pigmented leather.

Leather is a natural product. It is eco-friendly and far safer for our planet than faux leathers, which are made in factories from plastic based products, thus causing landfill issues for thousands of years to come. Whereas leather in landfill, will naturally take around 15 years to break down. Compare this to faux leathers, which can take well over 500 years to start to break down, but then when they do breakdown, they cause additional issues to our planet as the plastic pellets get into our waterways, causing even more pollution.

From the moment you purchase your leather it needs care and attention to maintain it, if maintained correctly leather can last hundreds of years in great shape.

1/ Do not use products we don’t recommend

2/ Do not use household cleaners

3/ Do not use APC (all-purpose cleaners)

4/ Do not use bleach

5/ Do not use furniture polish

6/ Do not use Mr Sheen

7/ Do not use glass cleaner

8/ Do not use automotive car brands to clean or protect leather

9/ Do not use a ceramic coating

10/ Do not spray air freshener directly onto leather

11/ Do not use saddle soap

12/ Do not use scrubber pads

13/ Do not use microfibre cloths

14/ Do not use magic erasers

15/ Do not use household anti-bacterial sprays

16/ Do not use coloured cloths

17/ Do not place next to open fires

18/ Do not place next to radiators

19/ Do not place in direct sun light

20/ Do not clean for at least 60 days after restoration

21/ Do not use car polish

22/ Do not put covers on your leather for at least 90 days after restoration

23/ Do not use vinegar

24/ Do not use baby wipes

25/ Do not use body lotions or hand creams

26/ Do not use leather wipes

27/ Do not use furniture wax

28/ Do not use peanut butter

29/ Do not use tartar sauce

30/ Do not use baking soda on leather

31/ Do not use lemon or orange juice on leather

32/ Do not use olive oil on leather

33/ Do not use cooking oil on leather

34/ Do not use acetone on leather

35/ Do not use white spirit on leather

36/ Do not use nail varnish remover on leather

37/ Do not use thinners on leather

38/ Do not use engine oil on leather

39/ Do not use shoe polish on leather

40/ Do not steam clean leather

41/ Do not use mink oil on leather

42/ Do not use coconut oil

43/ Do not use neatsfoot oil

44/ Do not use Vaseline on leather

45/ Do not use petroleum jelly on leather

46/ Do not use rubbing alcohol

47/ Do not use tee tree oil

48/ Do not use hand moisturiser

49/ Do not use hair spray

50/ Do not use hand sanitiser gels

51/ Do not use dish washing liquid

52/ Do not use clothing cleaning liquid

53/ Do not use the Pink Stuff on leather

54/ Do not use salad dressings or salad creams

55/ Do not use Disinfectant sprays or wipes

56/ Do not use leather care products that carry a hazardous or flammable warning label

57/ Do not use White vinegar

58/ Do not use after sun

59/ Do not use gin to clean leather

60/ Do not use car body paints to paint leather

61/ Do not use lemons to clean leather

62/ Do not use baby shampoo to clean leather

63/ Do not use broken walnut shells to clean leather

64/ Do not use brake cleaner on leather

65/ Do not use make up wipes on leather

66/ Do not use shaving foam on leather

67/ Do not use TFR (traffic film remover) on leather

68/ Do not use a kitchen scourer on leather

69/ Do not use car detailer or clay lubes on leather

70/ Do not use CIF cleaning cream on leather

71/ Do not use a marker pen to colour your leather

72/ Do not use Whisky on leather

73/ Do not use fabric Conditioner

74/ Do not use pencil rubber erasers

75/ Do not use camomile body butter

76/ Do not use shower gel on leather

77/ Do not use butter on leather

78/ Do not use ammonia-based products on leather

79/ Do not use urine on leather

80/Do not use mayonnaise on leather

81/ Do not use WD40 on leather

82/ Do not use toothpaste on leather

83/ Do not use silicone spray on leather

84/ Do not use egg whites on leather.

85/ Do not use potato skin on leather

86/ Do not use a brass / wire brush on leather

87/ Do not use popcorn on leather

88/ Do not use milk on leather

89/ Do not use curry powder to dye leather

90/ Do not use oven cleaner on leather

91/ Do not use perfume / aftershave on leather

92/ Do not use spray tan to dye leather

93/ Do not use oven cleaner on leather

94/ Do not use cloves on leather

95/ Do not use methylated spirits on leather

96/ Do not use washing powders on leather

97/ Do not use de greaser on leather

98/ Do not use a wet vac shampoo machine on leather

99/ Do not use onions on leather

100/ Do not use banana skins on leather


You’d be amazed at what people use on leather!!

If you have any questions about taking care of leather couches, leather car seats, leather handbags, leather jackets, leather from classic cars, antique leather goods, or vintage leather items then drop us an email we will be pleased to help and chat to you about leather care, cleaning, protection and repair and restoration of your leather items.


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