There is a reason why leather furniture has endured through the decades. It is decadent, timeless, and durable. In many cases, it gets better with age. Especially if it is well cared for.
Investing just a little bit of time and energy to clean your leather sofa a few times a year will keep the material supple and gorgeous. It’s easy to do and one of the most satisfying chores out there. The best part is, you don’t need harsh chemicals or outside help, cleaning leather is easy to do yourself.
Here’s a Step By Step On How To Clean a Leather Sofa.
With a brush attachment, gently vacuum the surface of the sofa, as well as in all the nooks and crannies. Don’t press down too hard, you just want to eliminate all the surface dust and debris that gets trapped between the cushions. You can follow up with a microfibre cloth to make sure you’ve gotten it all.
Step 2 — Mix your solution
Store-bought chemicals can often do more harm than good when it comes to leather sofas. The product can be too strong for the material and cause damage. Instead, a gently and effective solution consists of vinegar and water in equal parts. This will help break down whatever is making the leather grimy. Mix the ingredients in a bowl or bucket, using room temperature water.
Step 3 — Apply
Wet a soft rag or cloth with the solution and wring it out so that it remains damp but not wet. Too much liquid can cause damage to the leather. With the damp cloth, gently wipe down the soiled parts of the leather. In areas where there is more build-up, you may need to spend a bit more time gently rubbing the spot until the dirt begins to break apart or lift. At no time should the leather be very wet, keep it slightly damp.
Step 4 — Wipe again
Taking a dry microfibre cloth or very soft rag, go back over the material and wipe up any excess dirt or grime that has loosened.
Bonus step — Apply a wax sealant or conditioner
Depending on the type of leather, the grain, and its condition, leather furniture owners might be encouraged to apply a wax conditioner or sealant to the material. This will help protect it from spills and dirt build-up and will help it age well.
Under some conditions, leather can dry out, causing it to crack. Once this happens, it is very hard to repair. So it’s best to be proactive and to make sure that the leather has what it needs to stay soft and supple.
Leather furniture can last a lifetime when it is properly cared for. Not only that, it can actually get more beautiful over time. If your leather sofa is starting to look dull and grimy, gently cleaning it with the steps listed above will restore it to life and return it to its original beautiful state.