Leather is one of the most beautiful materials there is for furniture — especially when it is high quality and well taken care of. It has a timeless look and it can last a lifetime.
Caring for leather takes some time and effort, but it is worth it. The more you care for your leather sofa, the nicer it will become and the longer it will last. It is a simple process and easy to do. If you stay on top of cleaning your leather furniture, the easier it will be.
5 Simple Steps to Keep Your Leather Sofa Clean
Step 1 — Vacuum
Sweep a vacuum gently over the surface of your leather sofa and with a narrow attachment, get in between the cushions and around the frame of the piece. If you don’t have access to a vacuum cleaner, use a microfibre cloth, but it is probably worth investing in a handheld vacuum for this purpose.
Step 2 — Prepare a cleaning solution
The great thing about cleaning leather at home is that you don’t need to use harsh chemicals. All you need is a simple solution of equal parts vinegar and room temperature or warm water mixed together in a bucket. This easy and cost-effective solution will work to break down any buildup that is making your sofa look dull and dirty.
Step 3 — Apply
Dampen a soft rag (an old t-shirt or towel will do, nothing scratchy) with the above solution and wring out well. You do not want it to be sopping wet. Start by gently washing and concentrating as needed on the sections with more buildup — usually the cushions and the back where a person’s head will rest.
The level of dirt you are dealing with will determine how much time you will spend working on breaking it down and washing it away. Be sure not to rub too hard. The more often you clean the easier this step will be because you will just be doing maintenance. However, if this is the first time you are cleaning the sofa after several years, you might have to spend a bit more time and effort on the initial clean.
Step 4 — Wipe Dry
Using a clean, soft, dry cloth wipe away dirt and absorb any liquid.
Step 5 — Apply a Wax Sealant or Conditioner
If you really want to improve the condition and durability of your leather sofa, using a product that conditions and protects the material is a good idea. This will help shield against any future spills and even give it an added layer of protection to prevent scratches. It will also help the material soften and age well by preventing it from drying out and cracking.
Unlike some furniture that requires professional cleaning, leather sofas can be cleaned with a homemade solution and some time and effort. This step in caring for your leather sofa will ensure that it lasts a long time to come.