A leather sofa is the centrepiece when it comes to living rooms. However, your leather sofa can become easily damaged without the correct care and precautions. If you don’t care for your leather sofa it can get to look shabby and have a big impact on the look of your living room.
Fortunately, cleaning your leather sofa is easy, meaning you can keep your sofa looking clean and luxurious for the upcoming season.
The best way to clean your leather sofa is to do it gently; the gentler you’re cleaning method the better the results. Using strong cleaning products can potentially leave stains on your leather sofa which is counterproductive.
Before you start cleaning your leather sofa
Before you begin cleaning your leather sofa, you will need to determine what type of leather that you are working with. This information is often located on the tags attached to your sofa or in the written material that was distributed with your sofa. If you can’t find this information then I recommend you contacting the retailer or manufacturer.
The tags on your sofa and any other written information will usually provide tips on how to clean your particular type of leather. It is recommended that before using any of the suggestions below that you follow the cleaning tips suggested by the manufacturer of your sofa.
When you originally purchased your sofa, the retailer or manufacturer may have supplied you with leather care products that may be more appropriate for your sofa than the cleaning advice suggested in this article.
Using a vacuum hose, remove any debris from in-between the sofa cushions. This will remove any dust and grime and keep it from being rubbed into the furniture when you clean it with commercial cleaner.
Choose a suitable cleaner
Any commercial cleaner can be used to safely clean your sofa. These cleaners will work best with a microfiber rag.
Wash your leather sofa
Dip your cloth or rag cleaning solution, be sure that the cleaning solution is mixed with hot water. Using moderate pressure, wipe on cushion at a time. After you have cleaned each cushion you should you’re your rag under clean water to remove any extra grime or grit, this is important so that nothing unwanted is transferred to the next cushion.
Wash away any debris or residue
When you have finished washing your cushions, go through the same process again with your cloth soaked in warm water, this will rinse away any residue.
Take care of stains
If you have ink stains on your leather sofa, use cotton wool soaked with nail polish remover, toothpaste and aerosol hairspray can also work wonders on other stubborn stains. Spray the cleaner on; let it sit for 5 minutes and then wash it away with a damp cloth or rag.
Deep clean every three months
Every three months, fill up a bucket with soapy water and give your sofa a gentle wash. If you would like a very light protective finish then apply a thin coat of olive oil using a microfiber cloth, leave it for 45 minutes then clean it off with a rag.
How to care for your leather sofa
Dust down your sofa with a lint free cloth.
Wash your sofa gently with clean warm water and a lint free cloth.
Use a soft brush or cloth to revive the leathers finish.
Treat your sofa with recommended leather clean and feed product to prevent the cracking and dying of its surface.
What to be aware of when caring for your leather sofa
Studs on jeans and trousers
The studs on jeans and trousers can be very problematic, these are often responsible for scrapes and scratches on leather sofas, and once affected these marks are pretty much impossible to remove.
Red wine spillages
There are numerous old wives tales that claim to remove red wine stains. The majority of these being completely untrue. The safest bet is blotting with a terry cloth and then dousing with warm water. The easiest way to avoid these nightmare stains is to be careful you don’t spill your red wine in the first place, be careful!
If you have a Chesterfield sofa, take a look at Thomas Lloyd’s article about cleaning Chesterfield Sofas