Leather clothes, shoes and handbags can mildew and mold when the moisture and heat levels are too high in a closet or storage area. Learn how to remove the mildew safely and restore the beauty of the leather.
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- Take the mildewed items outside to clean to prevent spreading the mildew spores.
- Mix a solution of 1 cup of denatured alcohol (rubbing alcohol) to one cup water. Soak a soft white cloth in the solution and wipe away the mildew.
- Allow the leather to air dry away from the sun or direct heat. If the item is leather shoes or a handbag, polish with a good quality leather polish or cream.
- If the leather is heavily mildewed, it may need to be cleaned with a solution of saddle soap and water. Use a soft cloth and work the soap in well. Rinse with a cloth dipped in clean water. Allow to air dry.
- If the mildewed leather is on shoes, after they are cleaned stuff them with soft paper - like tissue paper - before allowing to dry. This will help them hold their shape.
What You Need
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Soft White Cloth
- Saddle Soap
- Tissue Paper
- Shoe Polish