How to easy clean your leather sofa in 7 steps

A handsome leather couch is luxurious—and if you want to make sure it stays that way, you have to know how to clean your leather sofa. For a regular weekly or fortnightly clean, using a vacuum cleaner or a microfiber cloths to wipe down the dust. But even the most careful among us might look at a white or cream leather sofa and worry, or fuss over a spilled drink. As long as you clean and care for leather properly, the material will only improve with age. You know, like a fine wine. Below is a very easy 7 steps on know how to clean leather sofa, try it! 

  • A vacuum with crevice tool is helpful to get anything from the edges your fingers couldn’t reach

So here’s our step-by-step guide to have your leather sofa looking pristine. This approach works best when you have a stain that needs lifting, or as a deep clean every 3 months, or twice a year.

1. Gather Your Materials

These are the cleaning supplies you’ll need to tidy up your leather surfaces:

  • A vacuum cleaner
  • Two or more microfibre cloths
  • Saddle soap/white vinegar/gentle soap
  • Leather cream

2. Vacuum and wipe any dirt away

First of all, physically remove any dirt or grime from the surface of your leather sofa. This will avoid it from being inadvertently rubbed into the sofa when you’re wiping it down with the cleaning solution.

A good option here is to use the soft brush attachment on the vacuum cleaner to avoid scratches. Switch over to the crevice tool to get anything from the edges your fingers couldn’t reach, as well as cleaning the seams.

3. Prepare a cleaning solution for your leather couch

When it comes to choosing the right soap or cleaner for your leather sofa, the main rule of thumb: the gentler, the better. A few options work well here, and most are household items readily available in your bathroom or pantry!

For a natural approach, a simple dilution of 50:50 white vinegar and water can do the trick. This is an effective, yet gentle stain remover for most types of upholstery and leather is no exception.

4. Test it on a small section of the sofa

Test the cleaning solution on a small section before apply to the leather sofa surface

Test the cleaning solution on a small section first

Whichever option you choose, try using it on a small section of the sofa first – preferably somewhere that isn’t highly visible. Apply a small amount, and let it dry out to ensure that it looks the way you want it to and there isn’t discolouration.

5. Clean the sofa with a microfibre cloth

Use soft cloth for cleaning to avoid any scratch on the surface of your leather sofa

Use soft cloth to avoid any scratch on the surface of your leather sofa

Now we get to it! You’ll need two soft microfiber cloths, one for cleaning the sofa and one for drying it. First, dip one cloth into the cleaning liquid and wring it out – it should be damp, and not dripping wet. If you’re using bar soap, dampen the cloth and swipe it across the surface of the soap.

Now, working from top to bottom, rub the cloth gently but firmly along the surface, taking care to go into the corners. Continue to rinse the cloth in the cleaning solution as and when you need it. Once you’re done, use the other cloth, and gently buff the sofa dry for a lovely polish. There’s no need to rinse the solution out, but it’s crucial to thoroughly dry the sofa to ensure there’s no risk of mildew or mould.

6. Dry the Leather Thoroughly

“Be sure to carefully dry the leather with another clean, dry cloth to avoid any mildew,” Pourny notes. For best results, leave the spot alone overnight.

Top tip: An air purifier is a good option to remove any excess odors in the room.

7. Apply Leather Cream

Re-moisturize the material by applying the leather cream with a clean cloth. Let it sink in, then buff to a shine if you’d like.

Hope these 7 steps will help you much on your furniture care. If you have any thoughts to share with us about how to clean a leather sofa, just let us know!

It’s always best for stains to be dealt with right away – blot up spilled water, food, oil or ink as soon as you can before it has time to set. Rubbing alcohol can be carefully used to lift ink stains, and baking soda works well on grease marks.

Finally, when in doubt – take it to the experts! They’re the best people to advise you on cleaning and preserving your leather sofa without doing more damage.

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