How to Clean Leather Pants

Learning how to clean leather can dramatically affect the lifespan of your leather pants. By using the proper techniques, you will be able to keep your favorite leather pants for years to come.

Leather Type

First you will need to determine what kind of leather you have. This should be available on the tag of the pants. Additionally, you should be able to find care instructions on the tag that can help you will the cleaning process.

If your leather pants have a smooth finish they can be washed with a sponge or damp cloth to remove any surface dirt or dust. For more serious stains, use a mild detergent and water mix to get rid of the stain.

An inside seam is the ideal location to test whether or not the pants have a finish before dampening them. If they do have a finish, the water will bead, while leather without a finish will cause spotting. If the leather is unfinished like in the case of suede, use a suede brush to clean the pants.

Anytime you clean your pants with a damp cloth and soap, be sure to pat the area down with a dry soft cloth. Apply a fine dusting of baby powder and then use the cloth again to return the shine.