A week or so ago I committed the cardinal sin of putting a hot, damp-bottomed mug directly onto a leather-topped table. This immediately occasioned a white cup ring which fag-ash paste failed to remedy. What to do?
I picked up a super little leather topped occasional table from the antique and bric-a-brac people who set up their stall under-cover of the Old Grammar School in Market Harborough. It is exactly what I need beside my wing-backed armchair and upon which I place a table lamp, a magnifying glass for reading the small writing on DVDs and the beverage of my choice. I usually user a saucer, even with a mug, to avoid marking tables or slopping, but on this occasion I forgot and the horrid white cup ring soon appeared. Then I had a brainwave.
How to remove a white ring from a leather table top
The leather was brown so this is what I did:-
I fetched the dark tan shoe polish
an old soft toothbrush
a soft cloth
Apply the shoe polish to the leather, working it well in with the toothbrush
Leave for a while to really soak in
Buff off with the soft cloth
If the ring has not quite gone, repeat the process
This worked a treat and it looks beautiful.
You can also use vinegar which you apply in the same way, but finish off by buffing it up with furniture polish.
It is a good idea to oil leather tops occasionally to stop them drying out and cracking. Get some oil and a soft cloth and work the oil gently into the top. Leave it to dry naturally or wipe off any excess with kitchen paper.