Leather furniture adds warmth and charm to a home’s interior. This special material requires special care, though, to preserve its beauty and sheen. Protect your leather sofas and chairs with these top 10 leather upholstery cleaning tips.
- Protect leather furniture when it is still new. Ask a leather-care professional to apply a soil, spill, and stain repellent to your leather upholstery. Keep in mind that unprotected leather is prone to damage from spills, stains, scratches, discoloration, and texture changes.
- Place your leather furniture out of direct sunlight, which will dry the leather and eventually cause it to crack. Also, use throws or covers to protect the upholstery from dirt and dust when not in use.
- Treat the leather to periodic cleaning to preserve the leather’s beauty and sheen with store-bought, leather-care products, a moisturizing soap, or dishwashing detergent.
- Always test an inconspicuous section of the furniture to make sure your selected cleaning product or conditioner will not damage the upholstery or cause discoloration.
- Before cleaning your leather upholstery, vacuum the cracks of the furniture with a vacuum attachment to remove dirt, dust, pet hair, etc. Otherwise, you will rub dirt and other particles into the leather, scratching and damaging the surface of the upholstery during the cleaning process.
- To clean leather furniture with dishwashing detergent, choose a detergent with built-in moisturizer. Mix ¼ cup detergent with 1 cup warm water and beat to create thick foam. Scoop the foam onto a soft sponge or clean cloth and rub it onto the upholstery in circular motions over the entire sofa. Avoid getting too much water onto the leather and do not rinse after cleaning. To remove soap residue and dirt, buff the upholstery with a damp cloth.
- Need to give your leather couch a quick clean before company arrives? Use wipes designed for leather car seats. Gently wipe the seats and cushions with the wipe and then finish by going back over the couch with a dry cloth to remove any excess oil.
- Baby wipes also provide a safe alternative for quick, daily cleaning. Choose baby wipes that are designed for sensitive skin since they have less chemicals that could potentially dry out your leather upholstery.
- For stains, such as ink or pet urine, use non-acetone nail polish remover. First test the nail polish remover on a piece of your furniture’s leather that is hidden to make sure it will not damage or discolor the leather. If the polish remover appears safe to use, apply it to the stain gently with a soft cloth and then wipe away.
- Apply a conditioner that is specially designed for leather upholstery to your furniture at least two to three times a year to preserve its longevity, beauty, and sheen.