Leather is a very durable material for furnishings, vehicle interiors, clothing, and accessories. However, it does require regular maintenance to stay in good shape. Use these techniques to clean and maintain your leather furniture regularly, and it will look great for years to follow.
Remove Surface Dirt
Begin by removing any cushions and throws and inspecting the sides and back for any loose coins, candy wrappers, and so on. To avoid damaging leather upholstery, use the brush attachment.
Using a steady sweeping motion, slowly suck off all the dirt and debris that have collected on the surface. Switch to a crevice tool to clean the seams and extract anything off the corners that your hands couldn’t reach. Repeat on the pillows.
Check The Tag
Before using any cleaning chemicals, check if your furniture still has its tag or a label attached to the bottom. W indicates that you should only be using a water-based cleaning agent.
P or S indicates that it should only be wiped with solvents. WS or SW denotes the ability to employ either a solvent cleaning agent or a water-based detergent. A steam cleaner may also suffice. Finally, X indicates that you should not use any detergent or water on the surface; rather, have it professionally cleaned.
Get Your Cleaning Materials Ready
The easiest way to clean a leather couch is to use saddle detergent or leather dew (a combination of detergent and oil that is typically available at reputable furniture stores and shoe repair shops) every week with a light cloth.
How to Clean the Leather
Most couches have finished leather, and it’s OK to give it a quick clean with a little moist cloth and a tiny quantity of mild soap. Nevertheless, ensure the cloth is simply damp and not soaked; otherwise, a watermark may appear.
Cleaning Leather Sofa the Natural Way
For most kinds of furniture, white vinegar is an excellent natural stain remover. Begin by soaking the stain with an equal measure of vinegar and water solution, then gently wiping the spot away with a microfiber fabric (only use a fresh cloth or ensure it is thoroughly clean).
To eliminate any leftover vinegar smell, use a combination of mild detergent and lukewarm water. Allow it to air dry naturally. As a general rule, you must always deal with stains immediately after they appear.
First, Test It
Constantly put your cleaning products through a test run first. Pick a section of the couch that no one will see and wait for it to dry before applying it to the intended stain.
Know When to Contact an Expert
If a stain will not go, leave it alone and resist the urge to clean – you may be doing more damage than good. Rather, contact a professional that specializes in leather furniture cleaning.
Will you try any of these methods to clean your leather sofa? When none of the aforementioned suggestions or methods works, try hiring a professional.