Maureen asked: Can leather furniture damaged by Pledge be restored? Unfortunately, I read your remarks about Pledge too late. But at least I know what happened to my chair. It has become very sticky, and we are not able to use it. Is there anything I can do to undo this? Thank you.
Removing sticky buildup from leather is a simple process but may require some work on your part. Although it’s tempting to use a scrubbing pad to make the job easier, avoid this. Using anything abrasive on leather can cause permanent damage, so stick with a soft cloth and lots of elbow grease for best results.
You Will Need:
- Mild dish soap
- Soft clean cloth
Steps to Remove the Sticky Residue:
- Start by filling a bowl with water.
- Add a few drops of a mild dish soap.
- Agitate until bubbles form on top. You will be using only the suds that form, so be sure there are enough. Add more soap if necessary.
- Dip the cloth in the bubbles. Avoid getting it very wet.
- Rub the sticky leather with the cloth.
- Repeat as needed until the sticky spots are gone.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Once the leather is clean, finish the with the leather conditioner recommended by your manufacturer.
- If you need more cleaning power, you can wet the cloth but wring it out well before touching the leather with it. Leather should not be exposed to overly wet conditions.
- If the cloth gets dirty, turn or replace it so the area you’re working with stays relatively clean.
- If you are having trouble with the above method, you can use a mix of equal amounts white vinegar and water. Again, be sure to wring the cloth out thoroughly so it is only damp, not dripping.