A Complete Guide to Removing Coffee Stains from Leather

coffee and leather couch

Leather items can be quite expensive, so it is always essential to take care of them properly. 

However, accidents happen, and spills can occur, especially when you’re enjoying your morning coffee. When you spill coffee on your leather item, it can be frustrating and stressful. 

But with the right tools and techniques, you can quickly remove coffee stains from leather without causing any damage.

In this article, we’ll discuss the causes of coffee stains on leather, how to remove them, and tips for preventing future stains.

Let’s begin.

Why coffee stains can be problematic on leather

Leather is a porous material that can absorb liquids, including coffee, quite easily. The problem with coffee stains on leather is that they can leave behind a stubborn mark if not treated appropriately. 

The acid in the coffee can cause discoloration and even dry out the leather, leaving a visible stain that won’t come out with just soap and water.

Steps to remove coffee stains from leather

Tools and materials needed

  • Clean, soft cloth
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Leather cleaner
  • Leather conditioner

Pre-treatment of the stain

Before you start cleaning the coffee stain, it’s essential to blot up as much of the coffee as possible with a clean, dry cloth. Be gentle when blotting to avoid spreading the stain.

Next, one part white vinegar and 3 parts water in a small bowl. 

Dip a clean cloth into the vinegar solution and gently dab the stain, being careful not to rub too hard. The vinegar will help break down the coffee stain and prevent it from setting into the leather.

Step-by-step removal process

  1. Apply a small amount of leather cleaner to a clean, soft cloth and gently rub the stain.
  2. Rinse the cloth with warm water and wipe away any excess cleaner.
  3. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda onto the stain and let it sit for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Once the baking soda has absorbed the coffee, wipe it away with a clean, dry cloth.
  5. If the stain is still visible, repeat the process until the stain is gone.
  6. Once the stain is removed, apply a leather conditioner to restore moisture to the leather surface.

Tips and tricks for success

  • Always spot-test a small, inconspicuous area of the leather before cleaning the entire stain.
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive tools when cleaning leather.
  • Work gently and patiently to avoid damaging the leather surface.

Preventing future coffee stains on leather

Prevention is always better than cure, and the same goes for leather items. Here are some practical tips to help keep your leather items stain-free:

  • Keep a clean cloth nearby to wipe up any spills immediately.
  • Avoid placing leather items near areas where coffee is commonly consumed.
  • Use protective sprays or leather coatings to help repel liquids and prevent stains.


Removing coffee stains from leather can be an easy task if you follow the right steps and use the appropriate tools. 

Remember to be gentle when cleaning the leather, and always take preventive measures to avoid future stains. With proper care, your leather items can last for years to come.

Thank you for reading the guide on how to remove coffee stains from leather. 

For more cleaning tips, check out my other guides on how to remove grease stains from clothes and how to remove coffee stains from jeans.

-Baking Soda Guy

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