How to clean your leather wallet?

Different leather wallets have different methods of cleaning. Cleaning stains from leather wallets can be a delicate process, but it's important to address them as soon as possible to prevent permanent damage to the leather. In this article, you will learn some commonly used leather cleaning tools and how to clean stains from leather wallets.


Since genuine leather wallets are made from animal skins, the fibers of the leather are prone to stains such as “darkening” due to dirt from our hands and sebum. Depending on the type of dirt, these are the tools that may be used during the cleaning process:

  1. Leather cleaner
  2. Leather cream
  3. Eraser for leather
  4. Soft cloth


The most commonly used is the leather eraser. Unlike stationery erasers, leather eraser specializes in removing stains from leather products. The material of the leather eraser itself is "synthetic rubber". It has a texture similar to a stationery eraser. Leather eraser is effective for removing stains from stubborn blackheads, ballpoint pen stains, and dark stains caused by rusty coins. This method does not use detergents or alcohol. So it does not hurt your wallet. With a leather eraser, you can easily and gently remove stains on delicate natural leather. After removing dirt with a leather eraser, treat your wallet with leather cream.

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Leather cream is a type of conditioning and moisturizing product specifically designed for use on leather. It is a creamy or lotion-like substance that is typically made with a combination of oils, waxes, and other conditioning agents. Leather cream is used to nourish and protect leather, helping to prevent it from cracking, fading, or becoming stiff over time. It can be used on a variety of leather products, including shoes, bags, jackets, and furniture. To use leather cream, follow these steps:

Clean the leather surface to be treated. This can be done by wiping it down with a soft cloth or brush, and using a leather cleaner if necessary.

Apply a small amount of leather cream to a soft cloth or applicator pad.

Rub the leather cream into the leather using circular motions, making sure to cover the entire surface evenly. Allow the cream to absorb into the leather for a few minutes. Buff off any excess cream with a clean, dry cloth.Leather cream can be applied as often as needed to maintain the health and appearance of leather products.


Applying alcohol disinfectant to a leather wallet may cause damage to the leather, particularly if the concentration of the alcohol is too high or if it is left on the surface for too long. Alcohol can dry out leather, causing it to crack and become discolored over time. Therefore, it's generally not recommended to use alcohol disinfectant on leather products. If you do need to disinfect your leather wallet, it's better to use a disinfectant that is specifically designed for use on leather. You should also spot-test any disinfectant on a small, inconspicuous area of the wallet before applying it more widely, to ensure that it does not cause any damage or discoloration.


In general, it's a good idea to regularly clean leather products to keep them in good condition, and to avoid exposing them to excessive moisture or heat.


Wallet stains can be divided into the following six situations.

  1. Dark spots caused by finger marks and sebum
  2. Stains caused by card rubbing
  3. Stains caused by wetness
  4. Stains from coins on the coin purse
  5. Dirt with a ballpoint pen
  6. Mildew stains
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The following are specific solutions:


Dark spots caused by finger marks and sebum:

To remove dark spots caused by finger marks and sebum, first, try to wipe the wallet with a dry, clean cloth to remove any surface dirt. Then, use a leather cleaner specifically designed for use on handbags or wallets. Apply the cleaner to a clean cloth and gently rub the affected area in a circular motion. Be sure to follow the instructions on the cleaner and avoid using too much water, as it can cause damage to the leather.

Stains caused by card rubbing:

To remove stains caused by card rubbing, try using a white eraser to gently rub the affected area. If this doesn't work, you can try a leather cleaner, following the same steps as for dark spots caused by finger marks and sebum.

Stains caused by wetness:

If the wallet gets wet, dry it immediately with a clean cloth and let it air dry away from heat sources. If there are water stains, use a leather cleaner as described above.

Stains from coins on the coin purse:

To remove stains from coins on the coin purse, first, empty the coins from the wallet. Then, use a soft-bristled brush to gently remove any dirt or debris. If there are still stains, use a leather cleaner as described above.

Dirt with a ballpoint pen:

To remove dirt with a ballpoint pen, try using rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab and gently rubbing the affected area. Be careful not to rub too hard, as it can cause damage to the leather. If this doesn't work, you can try a leather cleaner as described above.

Mildew stains:

To remove mildew stains, mix equal parts water and rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. Spray the affected area and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, use a soft-bristled brush to gently scrub the area. Rinse the area with water and let it air dry away from heat sources. If the stain persists, you can try using a leather cleaner specifically designed for use on mildew stains.


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(Casheey Carbon Leather Men's Wallet)


If cleaning out your wallet is a hassle for you, why not consider a wallet made from Carbon Fiber Leather?  Carbon fiber leather is leather that fuses genuine leather and an ultra-thin carbon pattern film. While it is not as breathable as generic leather, it is often more resistant to water and stains and can be easier to clean and maintain. Even if the wallet gets dusty, just dab it with a damp cloth. The lightweight, anti-scratch, and water-repellent carbon fiber leather goes well with men's wallets and is durable for a lifetime.

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With a little bit of care and attention, your leather wallet can continue to be a stylish and functional accessory for many years to come. So, take some time to clean and care for your wallet, and enjoy its beauty and functionality for years to come.

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