How Can I Safely Clean My Leather Sofa At Home?

Leather is like a living thing. And like all living things, it needs constant care too. A leather sofa always in fashion, is designed to last “forever” and able to resist tough use, compared to fabric upholstery sofas. It is a great decoration feature for any living room, but to keep being timeless and durable, you need to take good care of it. 

Stains, spills, dirt and bad smells can affect your sofa’s condition and its overall appearance. The best way to preserve your sofa is regular cleaning. Dusting it with a microfiber cloth once a week is enough. Every three months or twice a year, choose to deeply clean it, depending on the traffic and the stains.

So, get down to business and clean your sofa following this simple step-by-step guide.

How to clean and disinfect your leather couch

There are a couple of ways you can clean your sofa using a variety of cleaning products, like saddle soap or leather dew, available in every furniture store. But, there is always the homemade way, using natural ingredients.

If you choose commercial leather cleaners, always read the easy-to-follow instructions before applying them to the sofa’s surface. 

But, if you opt for the DIY natural cleaning solutions, here’s what you should do:

Cleaning your leather sofa naturally

Check the products you need to have now that you are ready to start cleaning your furniture with our natural DIY way:

  • A vacuum cleaner
  • A small bucket 
  • Middle dish soap 
  • Warm water
  • Clean cloths (x3)

The steps you’ll need to follow are:

  1. Start by vacuuming your sofa to remove any crumbs. Use the soft brush attachment to prevent scratches. Carefully go over the arms, headrests and undersides, if cushions are removable. You can’t imagine what dirt can be collected in the crevices and creases at the bottom! 
  2. After finishing with the vacuum cleaner, dust it to get rid of any remaining dirt. 
  3. Fill your bucket with warm water and add dish soap.
  4. Damp a clean cloth into the soapy water and wring it very well. 
  5. Starting from top to bottom, gently rub the cloth all over your sofa. 
  6. Afterwards, rinse it with another cloth, until there’s no soap residue left. 
  7. Finally, buff the couch with a dry cloth.

Disinfecting your leather sofa

Cleaning your sofa is a necessary chore to maintain it in a good condition. But have you ever wondered how clean and virus free is your sofa? Have you ever disinfected it somehow? Did you even know that you can do such a thing? 

Well, you can indeed disinfect your sofa, with that easy to follow technique. What’s best? All necessary ingredients can be found in your storeroom.

You’re going to need:

  • A bowl
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Soft cloths(x2)

Then follow the below instructions.

  1. Mix equal parts water and white vinegar in a bowl. Make sure to stir the mixture every time there’s a separation.
  2. Soak a clean cloth in the solution and take out any excess moisture. Start by blotting first an inconspicuous area to make sure that the mixture won’t affect the leather upholstery of your sofa.
  3. If everything is fine, start wiping the whole sofa, insisting more on any dirty areas. 
  4. Get a second dry cloth and wipe the entire sofa.

How to remove ink stains from a leather sofa?

Ink stains are rather stubborn, and you better deal with them as soon as possible, especially when you have to remove them from clothes and furniture.  As a rule of thumb, avoid using markers and pens near your couch, and teach your kids to do so. Sometimes, it’s wiser to avoid these situations altogether.

But if you weren’t able to prevent such a stain, don’t worry! Here’s the answer:

All you’ll need is:

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton ball
  • A soft cloth

Then follow the below super simple instructions.

  1. Dampen a ball made of cotton with rubbing alcohol.
  2. Lightly dab the stain with it.
  3. Last step: Buffing the area with a dry cloth.

And that’s it!

How to remove grease stains from a leather sofa?

The most frequent and usual stains that happen on every type of sofa, included your leather one, are grease! Especially if you use to have your meal sitting on the couch.

A right solution would be to change habits and stop eating there. But, if you don’t intend to do so, we can tell you how to clean those grease stains once and for good.

Supplies needed:

  • Baking soda
  • A soft cloth

Here’s how to make them vanish:

  1. Sprinkle a pinch of baking soda over the stain.
  2. Let the soda sit for a couple of hours. 
  3. Wipe the baking soda residue with the cloth.
  4. Wipe the area with a damp cloth.

How to condition your leather sofa

Leather is a sensitive, natural material that needs special treatment to look like new for a long long time. It’s elastic and needs moisture. And your leather furniture needs moisture too, to keep looking shiny and new.  And you can help it that way. 

How? Just by following our easy-to-follow instructions.

For the DIY leather conditioner you’re going to need:

  • A bowl
  • White vinegar
  • Natural oil (like lemon oil, flaxseed oil)
  • 2 clean pieces of cloth

Now follow the below steps: 

  1. In a bowl mix, equal amounts of vinegar and the natural oil you chose.
  2. First, test the mixture in a small area.
  3. Dip a dry cloth into the mixture, wring it out and gently wipe down the sofa
  4. Let it overnight, and the next day wipe the sofa again with a clean, dry cloth. 

Of course, there’s always the possibility of buying one from the market, or you might find one in the leather care kit you once bought. If you choose to do so, you should always read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before applying them to your sofa. 

How to treat scratches

Scratches and scuffs on a leather sofa are hard to avoid, especially when children or your furry four-legged friends are near it. We know it’s kind of hard to stop your adorable cat from scratching on your couch, and that’s why we’ve got a solution for you.

If you want to get rid of any scratches from your leather sofa you will need:

  • Mild oil (like baby oil)
  • A cotton ball

Steps that need to be followed:

  1. First, clean the scratch using one of the cleaning methods mentioned above.
  2. Apply the mild oil to the cotton ball and rub the scratch in a circular motion.
  3. Let it dry for a couple of minutes and afterwards wipe it off. 

Tips to keep your leather sofa in good condition

It is known that prevention is everything! So, if you want to have clean leather furniture looking shiny and new in the long run, there are some things you should do and others that to avoid. 

  1. Regular cleaning. The top tip is to clean your sofa regularly, and not every time a stain occurs. It doesn’t take too much time. A few minutes are just enough. Include the sofa’s dusting in your weekly cleaning tasks to avoid the grime building up.  It doesn’t mean every week to follow the above cleaning solutions. A soft microfibre cloth will get the job done. 
  2. Avoid direct sunlight and radiators. When leather is exposed to sunlight or a source of heat for an extended period can make the colour fade, the sofa fabric dries out and cracks, making your sofa age faster than it should be. 
  3. Clean stains when they occur. Don’t let the stains stay. Every time a stain occurs, clean it right away decreasing the chances of having a patch on the sofa.
  4. Avoid using too much water. While cleaning your leather upholstery, either you use natural cleaning methods or commercial leather cleaners, you should use water. However, don’t overdo it and most importantly, don’t spill water directly on your sofa. Applying too much water the least it could happen is to see marks on it that you won’t be able to get rid of.
  5. Always use a conditioner after cleaning. It is based on a mild oil can protect the leather from cracking or making it fade its colour. So the best thing to do is to apply it every time you clean your sofa.
  1. Check the label or the manufacturer’s guidelines.  No matter the type of leather or the way you chose for cleaning leather, you should always check first the instructions and the recommendations provided about the proper cleaning. 

Following the tips shared with you in this guide, we promise you’ll keep laying on your clean and cosy leather sofa for a long time. 

Make sure you avoid the usage of harsh chemicals, always test the cleaning agent onto a small area before starting your cleaning process and don’t rub your sofa while cleaning. Nobody likes that, so neither your sofa. It’s a rather sensitive surface, and you need to treat it that way.

Preserve your sofa’s quality and shine and enjoy its cosiness!

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