Cleaning leather?

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Cleaning leather?

don't come over here much, but i figured this question didn't really fit anywhere else.

Any safe way to disinfect leather? The only thing I have found is a weak vinegar/water solution, but I really don't want my car to smell like vinegar and I only found that on one site online--has anyone tried it? Is there anything else?

I made the mistake months back of lightly spraying and then immediately with a clean damp cloth my leather couches with lysol disinfectant spray. Cost me $100 to have them repaired from the bleached out spray patterns on the couches. Ugh.

Thanks for any help!

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If it was me, I would just use a damp cloth. Then again, I know nothing about it myself lol.

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I want to make sure it is disinfected is the problem--it has likely had poop on it this week. Poop from someone older than a kid. And its grossing me out. *sigh*

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http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_get_a_poop_stain_off_a_couch

It's more for stains there, but does mention a product that kills bacteria.

Basically - acid, bleach, alcohol are the only things I can think of that kill bacteria (other than antibacterial agents found in things like Lysol, etc). One site I found recommended whiskey. You could try vodka? At least it wouldn't smell as much?

On a side note (I think you said this is a car), if you use vinegar, the smell goes away in a few hours if you leave the windows open. I use vinegar to clean all my windows, dash, and spot clean the upholstry and by the time I walk away, put all my cleaning supplies away and clean myself up, and go back to the car to close the windows, the smell is gone.

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I use disinfectant wipes on my couches and have never had a problem. Right now I am using a generic store brand, but I buy whats cheapest, so Im sure I have used them all. Maybe just spot test an inconspicuous place first? I'm actually really surprised that they spray damaged your leather, I use that on my rug occasionally, so Im sure I have over sprayed onto the couch before, but I haven't seen any damage. Maybe a different kind of leather or finish?

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Have you tried baby wipes? I know it sounds silly, but I swear they can clean up anything!

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Thanks for the responses! I did just end up using baby wipes. I wasn't sure they would disinfect it, but I didn't want to damage the leather either. And there wasn't any actual poop spots that I found on the interior of the car.

What happened was that my mom and brother were in town for a visit. My brother is mentally disabled and does not have the best of hygiene. On one outing, we were all getting back in the car. My 2 older kids got in the 3rd row, and folded down the middle row seat for my brother to get in. I was buckling in my youngest behind the driver seat and wondered why in the heck my brother wasn't getting in yet. So I glance up from buckling and see that he is scratching his butt--like INSIDE his pants/underwear. Yuck! So right as I'm finishing the buckling, I glance over again and catch him look at his hand, then WIPE WHATEVER WAS THERE ON THE OUTSIDE OF MY CAR! In total shock, I shut my ds's door, and went to the back to throw the stroller in the back. My brother had gotten in so I peeked around to the passenger side and saw brown smears all over the white paint near the back passenger door. I didn't even know what to do! So I called out asking if anyone needed a baby wipe to wash hands since we just had ice cream. All my kids asked for one and so did my brother. I wish I had my real purse with me because it had hand sanitizer as well. When we got home I cleaned the paint on the outside of my car and then found more smears on the paint inside the door jamb. It was horrible, so I'm sure he got a little inside the car at least.

*sigh* love my brother, but I wish he had been taught better hygiene because it would make visits more pleasant. I am pretty sure he could have learned it (my brother does live on his own, has a job, goes everywhere by public transit by himself), but my mom never really pushed the issues, such as covering mouth when sneezing, not farting at the table, washing hands and face before and after eating, not peeing in the shower when you shower (or heck, at least aim it at the drain! not the wall!).

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Wow Holly, you're a stronger woman than I! My little sister once smeared her poop all over the walls of her bedroom when she was three and I almost puked everywhere (and she has no mental incapacities as you said your brother does!)!!! I couldn't take it (I was babysitting her at the time, as I'm 18 years older than she is) and had to call my mom home to clean it up... it was too much to bear!

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I can see a three year old doing that, but at nearly 40??? I don't know that I am stronger or was in just too much of a state of disbelief that I was speechless. I simply had no idea how to call him out on it.