How to Properly Clean Leather Sofas
For homes with pets and young children, leather couches are a terrific option to sit. The surface is tough and durable and can be wiped clean easily in case of a mess.
Leather is one of the best materials for making a lasting impression because it is one of the few materials that will never go out of style. It ages perfectly and each new day with a special leather couch is better than the last. Find your dream couch at Mor furniture. What makes it so great to clean a leather couch is that it is a very easy upholstery material to work with if you know what you are doing.
So let’s take a look at some important leather cleaning pointers.
Clean surface dirt
The first thing to do will be brushing over the couch with a soft broom and remove all loose change, chocolate wrappers and dirt from the couch. Break out the vacuum cleaner and use the brush attachment to make sure the leather is not scratched. Work from one side to another to make sure that all dust particles and foreign debris is picked up. Then use the crevice tool to get into the cracks and crannies and pull all the dust from there as well.
Check the label
Before you begin selecting cleaning products to use, check the labels. Most couches will carry a product label that has special instructions on how to best preserve and protect the materials. A “W” indicates a material that can only be addressed with a water-based cleaner. “S” or “P” indicates that solvents can be used for cleaning the fabric, in other words, dry cleaned. “SW” or “WS” means that either cleaning solution will work fine with the couch or steam cleaning will also be a good option. Finally, “X” indicates that nothing should be used and only expert leather cleaners should be allowed to address the surface of the couch.
Prepare cleaning materials
The best choice for cleaning leather is saddle soap. This can be found at any leather supply store. For best results, apply this cleaning solution once a week with a clean and non-abrasive cloth.
Clean your leather
Most sofas have finished leather and it will be perfectly fine to use a slightly damp cloth and only a small amount of mild soap to clean them. But, make sure the cloth is not too damp otherwise you may leave a large watermark behind.
The natural way
One of the best ways to clean a leather couch is to use white vinegar. This works well for all the other types of upholstery as well. Blot the stain with a mixture of equal parts of white vinegar and water, then wipe away the loosened filth with a microfiber cloth. Use only new and spotlessly clean materials for this task or you may end up making a worse mess. Afterwards, you can also use a mixture of mild detergent and water that will remove the smell of vinegar. Allow this to dry naturally. Always remember, the earlier you catch the problem, the easier it will be to address. Then, use water and cleaning fluid sparingly for best results.
Test it first
Test your cleaning products out on a small obscure corner of the couch where they will not affect the overall look of the couch. Allow the area to dry completely before you examine the results and make an educated decision.
Treat your sofa with a leather conditioner
After your couch has been cleaned, dry it thoroughly with a dry cloth and buff it to perfection. You can then use a leather conditioner to apply across the surface to preserve and soften the leather.