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. If you only have a lingering odor and luckily avoided a stain, the steps below will remove the odor as well.
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
- Soft cloths or sponges
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- Apply the cleaning product following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- In most cases the cleaner will be applied to a dry surface and gently worked in with a soft cloth or sponge.
- Remove as much of the cleaner as possible by blotting with a clean cloth.
- 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.