Arguably, your leather sofa will be the single most expensive furniture in your home, especially those quality leather sofas that you invest in for the long-term. As anything you buy the leather sofa is not an exception and will need the right treatment so that can be used for a long time. Generally, people buy leather sofas not only for the looks but also for durability. Quality sofa with the right treatment will not only look great but it will also be used for years to come. Further, you may not need to worry for stains that normal upholstery sofas could accumulate.
How to clean your leather sofa
Before we start talking about different cleaning methods, you will need to be familiar with the types of upholstered leather and what will be best applicable for your particular sofa. To check your sofa from what is made simply find the manufacturer label. Ideally, leather couches should be dusted with dry cloth and be given leather cream treatment at least once a month.
Please see below simple cleaning materials that you would need for your sofa treatment:
- Distilled Water
- Dry towel
- Leather cream
- Vacuum cleaner
- Microfiber cloth
First you will need to vacuum the sofa ideally with brush attachment. Ensure that you vacuum all those difficult to reach areas where the crumbs like to hide and remove all the dust and debris. Start your cleaning with simple soap and water. You can treat simple stains by using towel damped in warm soapy water. The saddle soaps are known to be used for cleaning leather. After treatment ensure that you dry the leather with dry cloth to remove any mildew. Apply the leather cream and let it sink. You can buff it to shine should you wish.
Please ensure that you keep your pets away from your sofa. Cats can use your sofa as scratching post. If your sofa gets cuts find a professional to repair it. DIY may not be a wise course of action for areas that are torn. You can clean the sofa yourself but for repairing it you may need professional.
Most common stains and how to remove them
You can try to fix some of the stains yourself using simple methods and quality sofa cleaning products. Below you can see some of the most common types of stains.
First you will need to blot the stain with cloth. Do your best and try to remove as much grease as possible. Apply your leather cleaning product to the affected area and let it dry. If you can’t remove the stain this way, then you can try with baking soda. Leave it to dry for few hours and brush away.
To eliminate the ink, you should start initially with soap. Don’t use strong cleaning products and don’t scrub the treatment area. If you have managed to remove the stain, clean the leather with damp cloth
The liquid stains are the most common types caused by drinks such as: juice, tea, coffee etc. With these stains you need to act immediately. Don’t let them dry as this will be very hard to remove. Blot the stain with soft cloth and avoid rubbing. Clean the treatment area with your preferred sofa cleaner and dry the area with towel.
We hope this article has been useful for getting to know more about your leather treatment. We at Citi Clean can provide you with a range of cleaning services. You can visit our services page, or you can call our office should you need anything else.