We do a lot of cleaning and repairs around here and when it comes to vintage, we rarely come across something light colored that is in mint condition. A little trick I figured out when I was in a jam a while back and out of leather cleaner was to use a magic eraser. Mr. Clean makes the original version, but I buy the generic offered at Target and it works just as well. Just wet the eraser, squeeze out any excess water and wipe clean. A few tips:
- be sure to test it first on an inconspicuous spot, it could cause discoloration.
- if you're only cleaning a small spot, cut or tear the eraser in fours and just use one piece.
- you may need to apply more pressure to dirtier surfaces (some spots on this coat had to be scrubbed).
- the eraser starts to shred after a lot of use. when this happens, turn it over or get a new piece.
- this trick is best used with vinyl, but can be used on leather in small areas, however it may remove the finish, so try a test spot first.
- if you have a very expensive or priceless item, leave the cleaning to the professionals.
Good luck and let me know if you have success with this!