How to Clean Leather Furniture

Leather furniture is very elegant and beautiful. It’s also one of the easiest types of types of upholstery to keep clean. However, it is very important to keep up with the cleaning and conditioning of it or it will start to clean and look really bad.

Moreover, choosing the wrong cleaner can damage your sofa. You don’t want to use any thing that is too harsh on it such as bleach and ammonia-based cleaners. So it’s quite important that you not only clean your leather furniture gently, but that you also get the right cleaning agent that will not be to harsh on your furniture.

When it comes to cleaning leather upholstery, you need to bear in mind the types of care products which are involved:  leather cleaners, leather conditioners and leather cleaners with conditioner. Leather cleaners will remove dirt and grime from your upholstery and this is typically what you’ll want to apply first to your furniture. Next, there are leather conditioners. These moisturize, protect and shine leather. This will help prevent cracks from showing and keep the leather looking new. Lastly, there cleaners and conditioners in one which are made to clean and condition the material.

So below we’ll break down some tips and provide you with advice on the best leather cleaning/conditioning which will help you keep your leather furniture looking like new!

  1. Vacuum The Surface
    soft-vacuum-brushFirstly, you want to vacuum or dust down your upholstery. This will remove any lose debris, and dust which will make the rest of the cleaning process a lot easier. If you’re vacuuming, ensure to use the soft brush attachment to avoid damaging the leather surface.
  2. Determine which spots need the most cleaning
    Look at your sofa and determine which areas need the most cleaning. Focus on these areas primarily and if possible, leave the rest of the sofa alone.
  3. Apply Leather Cleaning Agent
    You should find and get a hold of the right leather cleaning agent. Use this, along with a rag, and wipe down the couch until it is as clean as you want it to be. However, when you start, ensure that you start on a small spot first to see how the leather reacts to the cleaning agent. If all looks well, then continue with the entire surface.
  4. Wipe Down Excess Cleaner
    When you’re finish, wipe down any excess from the cleaner that might remain on the sofa and wait till it’s dry before proceeding.
  5. Apply Leather Conditioner
    After, you will use a leather conditioner. This will moisten and rejuvenate the leather surface, thus making it much less prone to cracks. This will help to ensure that your sofa continues to look brand new and well kept.
  6. Wipe down excess conditioner
    rag-leather-furnitureWipe down any excess conditioner which might remain on the leather surface. This is because the surface might be a little oily and will rub off slightly on your clothes if it is not adequately removed from the leather surface.