How to Remove Mold from Leather Couches

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How to Remove Mold from a Leather Couch Clean your Leather Sofa

It is possible to purchase a specialist mold killer such as Em Clean or Dubbin and polish off the mould. The spores have to be killed otherwise it will keep coming back and eventually damage the leather. Cleaning products on their own will not kill the mold and other products may harm the finish of the leather.

If you do not want to purchase a specialized mold killer for leather, you can try some of the following methods.

What You Will Need

Soft cloth

Warm Dry Environment

Leather Cleaner or Mild Soap


  • Dry out the leather item and warm the room until the couch is completely dry.
  • Remove surface mold with a damp cloth (mold will wipe off if the leather has been dried out completely)
  • Allow the leather to dry completely for a second time
  • Clean dried leather thoroughly with leather cleaner or a very mild soap like baby shampoo.
  • Keep leather clean, conditioned and properly stored to prevent mould from returning.


  1. Clean entire leather item to ensure even colour and texture.
  2. When using anything other than a specialised leather cleaner do a spot test and allow it to dry prior to cleaning the entire item.
  3. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when using a cleaner specifically designed for leather, such as Meguirs D18001 or Meguirs G7214 Gold class.
  4. Never use a detergent to clean leather
  5. If home methods do not work contact a professional leather cleaner in your area.

Cleaning and conditioning leather is very simple if you just think of the leather as skin. The leather needs to be maintained in the same way to stay supple, pliable and resilient. If you keep your own skincare in mind while caring for leather it is sure to outlast you.

Another method is to use 1 cup of alcohol to 1 cup of water. Be careful not to damage the leather or remove the dye so anything stronger would be risky.

After you have cleaned the sofa with the solution let it dry in the fresh air for a day or two, the sun will kill the remaining mold. If you put it outside when the weather gets cold the frost and cold will eliminate the smell of the mold.

If you cannot do this tuck fabric softener sheets down under the cushions so guests will smell their scent and not the mould. If you live in a cold or wet climate let the couch dry in a well ventilated room with a heat source and a couple of fans blowing on it.

1 comment

arturo worley
Posted on Jun 2, 2015