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Leather is a gorgeous, supple, and durable fabric. Unfortunately, it can experience mildew and mold growth. This can happen when you store your leather garment in a place with high heat and moisture levels. Do not worry. In this “How to Remove Mold from Leather – Complete Guide,” we will teach you everything you need to know about mold and leather.

Removing Mold from Leather

Inspect the leather garment for mold several times a year. If you notice anything concerning, these techniques will help you solve the problem. You can use more than one, but always let the item of clothing dry first.


Wipe with a Soft Brush

Use a soft brush to remove mold from the surface of the item of clothing. After this, leave it outdoors but away from direct sunlight to kill the remaining spores.


Use a Detergent Solution

Combine water and dish soap or no-additive laundry detergent to create a soapy solution. Apply this to the affected area with a soft cloth or sponge. Do not soak the material to prevent damage in the future.


Wipe Down with Alcohol

Mix one part rubbing alcohol and four parts warm water. Apply it on a small, inconspicuous part of the garment to check for discoloration. If nothing happens, pick up a cotton ball, dab it in the solution, and apply it on the affected area without soaking the garment. Let the garment air dry.


Clean with Vinegar

Create a solution with one part white vinegar and one part tap water. Put this resulting mixture in a spray bottle. It is wise to first test it on a small area to ensure that no discoloration takes place. Spray the solution on a soft cloth and dab it on the affected area. Wipe the surface with a dry cloth to get rid of excess moisture. Let it air dry.


Leave It in a Container with Baking Soda

This tip is about getting rid of the associated odor even when the spores are gone. Place your leather garment in a plastic container alongside a box of baking soda or another odor-absorbing product. Leave them there for a week to let the smell of mildew dissipate.

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Is it normal for leather to have mold?

We know that it is frustrating when you find mold on your leather garments. However, this is not exactly unusual. Leather is commonly stored away from sunlight, but the ideal storage conditions for this material are also ideal for mold growth unless preventive measures are taken.

What should I do after removing mold from the leather?

It is important to condition the leather garment after cleaning it. This will help restore the oils of the material after you apply different solutions and materials to it. If the odor persists, you can also store it in a container with a box of baking soda for a week.

How can I prevent mold from forming on leather?

Clean your leather garments using a damp towel before storing them. Make sure that there is proper air circulation in the place where you keep them. You can also use camphor or silica gel in the closet for additional protection. A dehumidifier in the storage room will help if you live somewhere with a lot of humidity.

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Darkness and cool temperatures are ideal conditions for leather storage, but they are perfect for mold too. As leather enthusiasts, we need to be vigilant when it comes to mold and mildew since they can damage the material. What did you think of this guide? Share it with friends who like leather and let us know your thoughts below!

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