I love my leather couch, but it can get mucky quite quickly. My
Now, I'm sure I'm not the only person who has occasionally resorted to baby wipes to clean their leather furniture. However, you are not meant to do that because leather is very porous and the chemicals in the wipes can penetrate the leather and ruin the finish. The following method, on the other hand, should be safe for the majority of couches. But I recommend doing a spot test, because how safe and effective a cleaning method is will depend on the exact quality and finish of the leather.
How To Clean A Leather Couch
You should aim to clean your leather couch at least every three months. But don't make it part of your weekly cleaning routine - excessive cleaning has the potential to wreck the finish of the leather.
Step one. Before you clean your couch, you want to remove as much of the dirt as possible from all of the nooks and crannies with the soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. This is because you will rub the grime into the leather if you don't make the effort to remove it first.
Step two. You can buy commercial leather cleaners for furniture, but they can be expensive - it is far cheaper to make your own! I mix one part distilled white vinegar to one part water to clean leather, but don't forget to do the aforementioned spot test if this is the first time you are applying it to your couch.
Step three. Dip a clean cloth (preferably microfiber) into your cleaning solution, and wring it out so it isn't too wet. Wipe the entire surface of the couch, rinsing out the cloth as necessary. I like to start at the back of the couch and work my way down, but that is just a matter of personal preference.
Step four. Once you are finished, rub the couch over gently with a dry microfiber cloth.
Step five. An optional last step is to condition the leather - this should help to keep the leather supple, thereby improving its longevity. You can make your own leather cleaner by mixing one part white vinegar to two parts flax seed oil. Apply it in circular motions, and leave to dry for at least two hours before buffing the sofa with a clean cloth to restore its natural shine.
How To Remove Stains From A Leather Couch
I have never had any serious stains on my leather couch *touch wood*, but here is how to remove some of the most common stains. Again, always test it out on a small area first!
Spray the affected area with hairspray, then rub gently with a clean cloth.
Ink stains can normally be removed with rubbing alcohol, but you may also want to try eucalyptus oil for ballpoint pen. Apply the oil or rubbing alcohol to a cotton swab and rub the stain with small, circular motions.
If you have dropped greasy food on your couch, sprinkle a little baking soda on the affected area to soak up the grease. Leave this for a couple of hours, brush it off and clean in the usual way.
Dark Colored Stains (Light Couch)
Create a paste from cream of tarter and lemon juice, and apply to the stain. Leave for ten minutes, then remove with a clean damp cloth. Repeat if necessary.
Mix one part rubbing alcohol to one part water, and apply it to the affected area with a cloth. Leave to dry naturally.
Always contact the manufacturer or a professional cleaner for advice if you are having trouble removing stubborn stains.
How do you clean your leather couch?
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