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How to Clean Leather Sofas

Leather sofas are a classic and elegant statement in any living room. However, a few accidental spills and stains will ruin the attractive appearance of any leather sofa, more so if the spills are cleaned inappropriately or left unattended.

In this post, we will teach you ways of upholding the beauty and quality of your sofa for many years.

Basic tips of cleaning leather sofas

Here are the steps to follow when handling general mishaps.

  1. Make your own cleaning agent by mixing equal portions of vinegar and water.
  2. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove loose dirt and dust particles off the surface.
  3. If the solution separates, stir it till it is uniform.
  4. Dip a soft piece of cloth into the mixture, then wring it out till it is damp.
  5. Use the damp cloth to wipe down the affected areas on your leather sofa.
  6. Once all the problem areas have been addressed, use a dry cloth to wipe damp areas.

Are there any stubborn stains left?

Here are tips to remove grease and ink stains

Grease stains

Grease is a component of every day products. Often, grease stains are a result of food. If they prove to be stubborn, carry out the following tasks.

  1. Sprinkle a dash of baking soda on the stains.
  2. Leave the soda to for a few hours for the oil to be absorbed.
  3. Wipe all the remains using a soft cloth.
  4. Wring your cloth out till it is damp, then wipe down the filthy areas.

Ink stains

You might be very careful, but accidents do happen. If ink spills on the leather surface, get cleaning immediately. The following procedure will arrest the harmful effects of ink spills.

  1. It is good to have some rubbing alcohol and cotton balls in your house.
  2. Rub the alcohol on a cotton ball.
  3. Without rubbing the stains, gently dab them with the cotton until you notice that they are lifting away.
  4. Apply rubbing alcohol to a clean cotton ball and repeat the process.
  5. Use a soft cloth to pat the stained areas till they dry up.

How about conditioning leather sofas?

Cleaning your sofa is an excellent step. However, you may need to do more to give the surface a deeper pleasant appearance. The leather needs to be conditioned appropriately. Luckily, this is a DIY project!

  1. Mix equivalent portions of natural oil and vinegar in a bowl. Go for flaxseed or lemon oil for the best results.
  2. Douse a soft piece of cloth with the solution. Don’t use it while it’s soaked. Instead, wring it out till it feels slightly damp.
  3. Embark on wiping the sofa surfaces down using the damp cloth.

Leather sofa pro care tips

  • Clean the sofa regularly to prevent buildup of stains.
  • Limit the use of water on leather surfaces. Go for organic solvents that have little water content to prevent the leather from losing its attractive appearance.
  • Refer to the cleaning codes provided for your leather sofa anytime you decide to clean it. Most leather sofa manufacturers provide a care manual with every purchase. If you can’t trace any, get in touch with your manufacturer for advice on specific cleaning products that won’t damage your classic leather seats.