Keep your leather furniture looking clean and new by keeping it clean. Learn how to clean your leather couch with simple supplies you probably have on hand. This tutorial will show you the exact steps to take to clean your leather sofa or any leather you have.
Leather furniture looks great in pretty much any room. Not to mention they are pretty durable when it comes to pets and kids. That is why leather couches are among the most popular living room furniture for people. When taken care of properly your leather couch will last a long time.
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How to Clean Your Leather Couch
- Distilled water [tap water may contain contaminants that will possibly damage the surface of your leather couch]
- Mild Face or Body Soap
- 4-8 Soft Rags
- Vacuum cleaner- bonus if it has a soft bristled brush attachment
- Leather conditioner and protector – found in most furniture stores
- Start by vacuuming your leather couch – leather has the potential to scratch very easily so this is where the soft bristle brush attachment would come in handy
- Fill two bucket with about a quart of distilled water each
- Add a few drops of your gentle face or body soap and stir until it bubbles
- Dip one of the rags in the cleaning solution and wring it out until it is damp and no longer dripping
- Doing a section at a time, use your cloth and solution to gently clean the couch
- Follow the damp soapy rag with a damp rag from the plain water and wipe off all of the soapy residue
- Use a third rag (this rag should be dry) dry the area completely.
- Use a 4th rag to buff the area to make it shine again
- Using the directions on the conditioner, treat your leather couch to help prolong its beauty and life
Sanitizing Your Leather Couch
Sanitizing your leather couch can be important if someone is sick or has an accident.
The best way to sanitize your leather couch is to use a clean soft rag and dampen it with rubbing alcohol. Rub the cloth on the area that needs sanitizing and follow it with a leather cleaner (like the steps above). Follow the alcohol and cleaner with a conditioner so that your leather couch doesn’t dry out.
White vinegar doesn’t kill as much as vinegar does but, can be pretty effective if you don’t want to use rubbing alcohol. Dampen a cloth with vinegar and rub it on the area that needs to be sanitized. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes. Following the 10 minutes, wipe the couch down with a damp rag (preferably with distilled water). Follow this with a leather conditioner as well.
Be sure to test the either of these options on a hidden spot to make sure that it will not remove any color from your leather couch before you use it on the whole couch.
Avoid Harsh Cleaners
Avoiding things like ammonia and bleach will ruin your leather couch since the surface is very absorptive. Water based cleaners are your best bet.
Confirm Your Type of Leather
Some types of leather require a specific type of cleaning. This means if you clean it incorrectly you will possibly
The majority of new leather couches have a special coating on them that allows you to be able to clean them easily at home. Some older couches may require professional cleaning as they do not have this coating and will not do well with regular water based cleaners.
Check the Tags
The tags on your leather couch can give you a lot of helpful information when it comes to cleaning your couch. The tag should tell you what type of leather your couch is made of and the best way to clean it.
If your vacuum has really good suction there is a possibility it can leave marks in your leather couch. If this is the case a smaller less powerful handheld vacuum would be a good idea.
Small Test Patch
If you are unsure if this cleaning method is safe for your leather couch you can test it on a small hidden spot just in case it doesn’t work well for your leather couch.
Depending on the type of stain there are different ways to approach them (as with any surface in your home). No matter what though, it is best to tackle the stains before you try to clean your leather couch.
The best way to remove stains from leather is mix one part vinegar with two parts water and spot test an area that is hidden. If it’s safe blot the stain with a clean cloth and dampen with the solution. You can use a toothbrush for difficult stains but be gentle. Once the stain is gone, wipe with a clean wet cloth and then wipe the area dry.
If you, like me (and many other parents), you use baby wipes for well, everything. However, using baby wipes on your leather couch will damage the surface as they are alkaline based and leather couches don’t fare well with alkaline based cleaners.
Leather cleaning wipes
I use leather cleaning wipes regularly to clean and care for my leather couch. These are designed specifically for leather so they will not dry out your leather. You can find them in any big box store, grocery store, or online.
Doing it yourself can save some money but, sometimes calling the professionals isn’t a bad thing. If you are ever stuck or unsure please call the professionals as they will know how to clean your leather couch making it last much longer.
Cleaning your leather couch is just as important as cleaning the rest of the house. Sometimes, it can be a bit more tricky than cleaning a fabric couch but, they look beautiful and are truly pretty easy to clean.