When you spend the money on a leather sofa, you know just how important it is to keep your leather sofa clean. With regular maintenance and the use of either homemade products or commercial ones, you'll be able to make sure your leather furniture stays in good condition for several years to come. To keep it clean, all you need are the right products and methods.
Generally, a quality leather cleaner can do a great job at home. While it is a durable material, most sofa manufacturers recommend that you avoid harsh ammonia-based cleaners. These can often do more harm than good, and leave your expensive leather sofa in rough condition.
Method 1 - Conditioning
Make Your Solution
A homemade solution can be ideal for many of your sofa-cleaning needs. To create this, all you need is white vinegar in the amount of two cups and 10-15 drops of tea tree or lemon oil. If you would prefer to use a leather conditioner instead of this solution, you're welcome to do that. Otherwise, try to avoid using products like olive oil, which can do damage to the material in time.
With a clean rag, you'll want to make sure the conditioner or solution gets everywhere on the sofa. Use a circular motion and rub gently with your cloth, allowing it to rub in well. It is important to make sure that you only get the surface damp, don't leave it too wet. This can cause damage to leather. Once you're finished, allow the surface to dry overnight.
Buff The Surface
When the solution has dried, you'll need to buff the surface. Using another clean cloth, use circular motions from top to bottom. This process ensures that the leather is able to stay supple and shiny. Consequently, you'll want to make sure to do it once or twice a year in order to keep the sofa as fresh and new-looking as possible.
Method 2 - Cleaning Off Debris
Use A Vacuum
If you have a handheld vacuum, or simply an attachment to your regular vacuum, this is a great option. It can help to just get any little pieces of debris off the couch. Make sure to get into all the places that are difficult to reach, that way you won't run into trouble when you do your deeper cleaning. The better job you do, the less trouble you'll have with the rest of your cleaning.
Employ The Brush
Using a brush attachment if you have one can be a very useful tool. Because the bristles tend to be softer, they'll be more gentle on the surface of your couch. On top of that, they can help to scrape up anything that may be stuck on the couch. Just make sure that you don't scrub too hard, and consider all of your options for things that are very stuck.
Use A Duster
For the best possible cleaning, a duster can be ideal. One of the best options you can use is a microfiber duster. Try running the duster over every surface of your couch. While you're doing your regular cleaning, debris left on the leather can scratch it up. Consequently, removing as much of that debris as possible is a good idea.
Method 3 - When Dealing With Stains
Accidents can happen, and sometimes liquid things can get spilled on your couch. Things like tea, coffee or red wine can sometimes end up on your leather sofa. To get it cleaned up well, it's best to do it right away. Otherwise, the substance runs the risk of staining. After you've soaked up the liquid, clean the area thoroughly using a gentle leather cleaning solution.
From time to time, grease can also end up on your sofa. This can be frustrating, but whether it's from food, beauty products or something else, you can help the situation. Start by using a clean rag and cleaning solution to wipe down the area. This should get the stain and grease off. However, if the stain remains then allow cornstarch or baking soda to sit on if a few hours and then brush it away.
Finally, ink from pens or other means can sometimes end up on the leather surface of your sofa. In these situations, it's best to blot the area very gently with a cotton ball that is damp with rubbing alcohol. This might take a little time, so be patient. When the stain has been removed, follow it up with a thorough cleaning and drying.
Method 4 - Regular Cleaning
Mix A Solution
Start with either your commercial leather cleaner or a mixed solution. You can make a gentle solution from water and white vinegar. Not only will this solution be effective, it's inexpensive and gentle on the leather surface, getting it clean without causing any damage to the surface. If you're using a commercial option, make sure to read the directions carefully.
Use A Rag
Take a clean rag and dip it into your mixture. Make sure to wring it out well so that the rag is damp, not soaked. Remember that too much liquid can have a negative impact on the leather. If you want to keep an extra rag or two around just in case, that's also a great option. The more prepared you are, the easier the process will be.
Scrubbing The Sofa
Beginning at the top and moving down, rub the rag and solution over the entire surface. Make sure to work on one small section at a time for the ideal results. Don't forget to stop here and there to reload the rag with more of your solution. Cleaning your leather sofa can be a big job, so stop and take little breaks when you need to.
Drying The Sofa
After you've wiped down the entire surface with your damp rag, you'll want to start the process over with a dry one. This will help to wipe away any extra moisture and keep the surface in good condition. After that, make sure it has a chance to dry fully before you make use of the sofa again.
- It's a good idea to make sure that you clean your leather sofa weekly. This doesn't need to be a heavy-duty cleaning. Just use a duster or dry rag to remove any debris on the surface.
- Excess heat and dryness can cause damage to the leather surface, which can result in it drying and cracking. Because of this, it's a good idea to make sure you keep it away from heating sources and out of the sunlight as much as possible.
- Make sure that you address any spills as quickly as possible. The sooner you get to them, the less of a chance they'll have to stain or leave unwanted spots.
- If there is an instance where a stain or spot won't clean up easily, it's best to get it professionally cleaned. This may be a bit more costly, but it can also be a lifesaver for your sofa.