How to Remove Sunscreen Stains on Leather

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Hey there! Have you ever found yourself with a sunscreen stain on your favorite leather item? 

Don’t worry; it happens. But the good news is that with the right tools and techniques, you can remove that pesky stain and restore your leather to its former glory. 

In this article, we’ll explore everything you need to know about sunscreen stains on leather and how to remove them effectively.

Let’s get started.

Understanding Sunscreen Stains on Leather

Before we dive into the removal process, let’s first understand what causes sunscreen stains on leather. Sunscreen contains a variety of chemicals that can react with the leather’s surface, resulting in discoloration or even damage

The degree of staining depends on the type of leather, the type of sunscreen, and how long the sunscreen was in contact with the leather.

Removing Sunscreen Stains on Leather

The key to removing sunscreen stains on leather is to act quickly. The longer the stain sits, the harder it is to remove. Here are the steps you can take to remove sunscreen stains on leather:

  1. Blot the excess sunscreen with a clean cloth or paper towel. Be careful not to rub the stain, as this can cause it to spread.
  2. Apply a leather cleaner or 50/50 vinegar and water solution to the stain. Test the cleaner on a small, inconspicuous area of the leather first to ensure that it won’t cause any discoloration or damage. Gently rub the cleaner or vinegar solution into the stain using a soft-bristled brush or a clean cloth.
  3. Allow the leather to dry completely before conditioning it with a leather conditioner. This will help to restore the leather’s natural oils and prevent it from drying out.

Preventing Sunscreen Stains on Leather

Of course, the best way to deal with sunscreen stains on leather is to prevent them from happening in the first place. 

Here are some tips to help you prevent sunscreen stains on your leather items:

  1. Apply sunscreen for at least 20 minutes before putting on your leather item. This will give the sunscreen time to absorb into your skin and reduce the risk of transfer to your leather item.
  2. Consider using a spray or stick sunscreen instead of a lotion. These types of sunscreen are less likely to transfer onto your leather item.
  3. Choose leather items that are resistant to sunscreen stains. Some leather products have been treated with a protective coating that makes them less susceptible to staining. Look for leather items that have been specifically designed to resist sunscreen stains.


In conclusion, sunscreen stains on leather can be frustrating, but they are not impossible to remove. 

By acting quickly and using the right tools and techniques, you can get rid of those stains and restore your leather to its former beauty. 

And by taking preventative measures, you can reduce the risk of sunscreen stains in the future. 

So go out there and enjoy the sun, but don’t forget to protect your leather items too!

Did you get sunscreen stains on your clothes too? Read Sunscreen Stains on Clothes: How to Prevent and Remove Them.

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