Removing Water Stains on Leather

Leather is a unique material that can be both strong and soft, making it a popular choice for many different types of products, from clothing to furniture. However, leather is also a porous material, which means that it can absorb water. If leather gets wet, it can lead to water stains. These stains can be difficult to remove, and they can also cause the leather to become weaker and more brittle over time. In some cases, the leather may even start to rot. As a result, it's important to take care not to get leather wet.

What to do if leather gets wet

If your leather gets wet, don't panic! First, gently blot the area with a clean, dry cloth to remove any excess water. Then, allow the leather to air dry completely. Once the leather is dry, you can proceed to treat any water stains.

In this article, we'll show you exactly what products to use to get rid of water stains and how to treat the leather to keep it soft for years to come.

How to remove water stains from leather

Sometimes mother nature catches us (and our leather) off guard and the result is splotchy, water stained leather. This leather bag had dried water stains from being caught in the rain.

Water stained leather bag
water-stained leather bag
To remove the stains, our Leather Cleaner was applied evenly to all areas with a soft, lint-free cloth.
Leather Cleaner

Note that when wet with the cleaner, the leather will look darker, but will dry to the natural color.

Leather Cleaner when wet

This bag only required one application, however, if the water stains are still noticeable on the leather, a second application can be applied.

After cleaning and removing the water stains, a coat of Leather Saver conditioner can be applied to keep the leather soft.

Leather Saver

Again, the leather will look “wet” when first applied, but will dry to the natural color without darkening or leaving the leather sticky.

Leather Saver still wet

The cleaned and conditioned bag:

Cleaned Leather Bag

Leather is a durable and classic material that can be used to make a wide range of products, from furniture to clothing. Leather goods are an investment. However, leather needs to be properly cared for in order to maintain its quality. Preservation Solutions offers a complete range of leather care products that can help you keep all of your leather goods looking their best. 

So whether you're trying to keep your leather couch looking new, your favorite pair of boots soft and supple, or your leather bag clean from water stains — we have the perfect product for you.

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