How To Clean A Leather Rug

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A high-quality leather rug can enhance the taste and texture of a room. It can also warm up cold-to-the-touch floors, as well as absorb echoes in a sparsely furnished living space. But one thing you will want to know is how to clean a leather rug. As with any other type of rug, leather rugs may be a significant investment, especially when compared to wool or cotton rugs, so buyers would be prudent to treat them with the utmost care at all times.  You will therefore need to know how to clean a leather rug.

With proper care, a leather rug can become the focal point of your room as well as a cherished heirloom for your family.


The best method to clean a leather rug will be determined by the type of leather it is made of and the type of stain it has. 

If a stain appears to be very difficult to remove, you should consider having the rug professionally dry cleaned. 

Always try any spot cleaning method on a tiny, inconspicuous area of the rug before applying it to the entire rug.


Do not use harsh chemicals on your rug because they can cause it to crack. You should always purchase a soap that is entirely natural.

Keep the rug out of direct sunlight if at all possible.

Steps To Clean A Leather Rug

1. Take your rug outside and shake it — this is a simple and effective technique to get rid of loose dust particles that have accumulated on it as a result of foot movement or other loose dust in the room. After you’ve completed this task, bring the rug into the house.

2. Depending on the size of your rug, combine water and a block of mild natural soap in a dish or a bucket. If the rug manufacturer does not advise washing it with soap and water, use a foam-based leather cleaner to get the job done.

3. Then dip a rag into the cleaning solution and gently wipe the surface in a circular motion.

4. Remove any remaining residue from the soap or foam with a second rag that has been soaked in clean water and wrung out to remove any remaining moisture.

Soft towels packed down with heavy objects should be used to blot the carpeting dry. This will lessen the likelihood of scratching or color damage from any cleaner that hasn’t been entirely removed from the surface. If the rug is still wet after you’ve blotted it, let it air dry for a few minutes.

So that is the 4 steps to clean a leather rug.

If you have a different type of rug then check out our homepage where you will find articles on how to clean the various different types of rugs.