Remove sticker residue with care to keep the leather intact.

How to Get Sticker Residue Off of a Leather Jacket

by Kimbry Parker

A leather jacket is a welcome addition to any wardrobe, but even the slightest mark on the jacket can ruin the overall appearance. If you find sticker residue on your leather jacket from a price tag or even from your 2-year-old adorning it with character stickers, don’t panic. Try some quick home remedies to remove the residue and get your leather jacket looking as good as new.

Scrape off as much of the residue as possible using your fingernail. Work carefully so you don’t nick the leather with your nail. Then, use the pads of your fingers to carefully roll off more of the residue. Do this until you’ve removed as much of the sticker residue as possible.

Fill a bucket with warm water. Add a squirt of mild dish soap and mix it up well with your hands until thick suds form.

Dip a clean rag into the bucket to scoop out some suds. Avoid soaking the rag in the soapy water. Instead, just use the suds so you don’t oversaturate the leather with water.

Scrub the sticker residue off of the leather using the rag and soap suds. Scrub gently to avoid damaging the leather. Continue scrubbing, applying more suds as needed, until no more sticker residue is coming off the jacket.

Dry the area with a clean rag. Apply a few drops of olive oil to a clean rag and gently rub it over any remaining residue. Let the oil sit on the spot for a few minutes, then scrub gently with the rag until all of the residue is gone. Wipe with a damp rag to remove the oil, then dry the area thoroughly.

Items you will need

  • Bucket
  • Mild dish soap
  • Rags
  • Olive oil


  • Use dry-cleaning fluid for stubborn sticker residue that can’t be removed with the above methods. Moisten a clean rag with dry-cleaning fluid, then rub it gently over the sticker residue until it’s gone. Wipe with a damp rag to remove any dry-cleaning fluid, then dry the area thoroughly. You can buy dry-cleaning fluid at most hardware or home improvement stores.


  • Dry-cleaning fluid is flammable, so do not use it near an open flame or in extreme heat.

About the Author

Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.

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