How to Clean Poop from Leather Upholstery


Mark asked: How can I clean an “accident” from a leather sofa. One of my nephews was visiting recently and had an accident while sleeping on my couch. I thought I had cleaned it up sufficiently, but it was at night and given the darker color of the leather, I couldn’t see really well. The next morning, I could tell I hadn’t cleaned it well and now it’s a set in stain. Any ideas?

Whether it’s a small child or a pet, cleaning up “accidents” from a leather furniture piece can be a real chore. In most cases, these stains can be treated like other stains found on leather and treated with either a leather cleaner or leather stain remover.

You Will Need:

  • Foaming leather cleaner (for pigment coated leather)
  • Enzyme cleaner such as Em Clean (for pigment coated or aniline leather)
  • Rubber or latex gloves
  • Water
  • Soft cloths or sponges

Steps to Remove the Stain:

  1. Apply the cleaning product following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. In most cases the cleaner will be applied to a dry surface and gently worked in with a soft cloth or sponge.
  3. Remove as much of the cleaner as possible by blotting with a clean cloth.
  4. Allow the area to dry completely.

Additional Tips and Ideas

  • For additional stain removal tips, see our page How to Clean Leather Furniture.
  • If the stain persists, it may be necessary to contact a professional cleaner who is experienced with cleaning leather upholstery.

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