How to Clean a Leather Couch

A leather couch can be a beautiful and durable piece of living room furniture. However, if your leather couch isn’t properly cared for, it will lose some of its beauty and can even become damaged. Luckily, cleaning a leather couch is simple. At least once per month, or after a bash or other event when your sofa gets lots of use, follow these steps.

How to Clean a Leather Couch

Clean the Dust

Clean the Dust

Concentrate more on the spaces between the couch’s seat cushions. Use a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment to eliminate debris from and between the sofa cushions. Then remove dust from the surface of the sofa with a dry microfiber cloth. This will help remove crumbs, dust, and dirt and keep it all from being rubbed into the leather. When using the vacuum cleaner, be vigilant not to scratch the couch with the plastic cleaning attachments.

Carefully observe where the couch needs the most cleaning. When cleaning a leather couch, a less-is-more approach is usually required. If there are just a few dirty spots, concentrate on those spots and leave the rest untouched as much as possible. Wipe down virtually clean regions with a clean, damp cloth (not wet cloth). That is all it really needs. For cleaning suede, you will need a different method than the one discussed here.

Attack any Stains

Check the whole sofa for stains. Use one of the following leather stain removers to eliminate them. Always experiment any stain remover in a hidden section first.

Remove Stains from Leather Couch:

Remove Stains from Leather Couch:

For chewing gum, use a drop of olive and scrub the area with a clean paper towel. To remove ink stains on a leather sofa, soak a cotton cloth with rubbing alcohol and scrub it on the spot the way you erase pencil with a rubber

For other stains, make a paste with cream of tartar and equal parts lemon juice. Smear it with a clean, soft cloth, and wipe it away. Allow the paste to sit on the stain for about one hour if it’s stubborn.

If there is any mildew or mold, gently spray the couch with a mild solution of water and vinegar. Try to use little liquid as you can, and run fast to keep it from soaking in too much. The vinegar is a mild-disinfectant and should eliminate any mold.

Wash and Rinse

Wash and Rinse

Fill a container with warm water and a dab of saddle soap, which is available at most hardware or feed stores. Use a microfiber or lint-free rag. Dip your cloth in the cleaning solution. Rub one cushion at a time and use moderate pressure. Run the cloth under water after wiping each cushion to remove additional grime and grit, so you will avoid moving it to the next cushion. Once all the cushions have been cleaned, repeat the same procedure with your cloth soaked in clean warm water to rinse and remove the filtrate.

Quick Cleaning

If you don’t have enough time to clean your leather couch fully, try rubbing it down with a few baby wipes after you vacuum it. These are light enough for leather, and they often have a lovely smell, too.

Dry the Sofa

Pass a dry rag over the cushions, and then ventilate your living room to make sure that your couch dries as fast as possible.

Condition the Leather

For a very gentle protective finish, apply a thin coat of olive oil with a microfiber cloth, let it sit for at least one and half hours and then buff it off with a clean, dry rag. Condition your couch frequently to keep the leather supple and protected. Do this at least once every year.

Quick Tips

In the event that you utilize a leather conditioner after cleaning your couch, make sure that it’s gently. It’s advisable that you do not use a leather conditioner on your couch regularly; every six to twelve months
should be perfect. It may be wise to dilute some cleaning products with clean water before using them. Read the instructions carefully on the products that you choose.

Dusting your couch frequently will make cleaning easier. Wipe-down your leather couch at least once per week with a dry rag to keep it clean. You may additionally cover your leather couch with a sheet when it’s not in use.

Keep your leather couch away from heat and sunlight as this will help maintain its beauty and condition. It’s also important to clean-up any stains or spills as soon as they happen. It’s much easier to remove new spills before they have dried and set in.