How to easily clean a leather sofa?

How to easily clean a leather sofa?

Home improvementBy Mar 28, 2023

Having stains on a leather sofa can quickly turn into a nightmare. Especially if you don’t have the right cleaning products on hand to restore it to its former glory. Here are some simple tips to quickly and easily clean small stains on your leather sofa.

A good maintenance of your leather sofa: my tips

First of all, you should know that the maintenance of your sofa will depend on the type of leather it is made of. If you have a smooth leather sofa, dust and crumbs should be removed regularly with a dry dust cloth.

For smooth leather, you can also use a damp cloth or even baby wipes from time to time.

Please note: afterwards, the leather should be wiped again with a dry cloth so that nothing gets soggy.
If the leather of your sofa is a little rougher, then you can then to remove small crumbs, simply vacuum the sofa regularly.

What are homemade and DIY cleaners for your sofa?

You don’t always have to buy chemicals for a good cleaning and maintenance of your leather sofa. There are many simple and inexpensive solutions.

This is for example the case with Marseille soap (or neutral soap). In case of stains on washable leather, we can add some Marseille soap to warm water and wipe the leather sofa with the solution. Then wipe with a damp cloth and finally dry with a cotton cloth. This also works generally with neutral soap or upholstery soap.

Hair shampoo: if the stains don’t come out

Yes, you read that right. You can use hair shampoo if the stains don’t come out with my previous tips. Dissolve it in warm water and massage it into the smooth leather. Afterwards, the leather must be dried thoroughly, either on a clothesline or on the sofa and car seats with the windows open.

My tips for keeping leather in perfect condition for a long time

It is well known that wear and tear and light age leather sofas and the famous patina appears. As a general rule, when installing the sofa, it is important not to expose it to direct sunlight or to place it near the heating system, as the leather will quickly fade and crack.

Room climate: the humidity of the room also plays an important role. Very dry air is detrimental to the material. The recommended humidity level for leather is about 45-50% and a room temperature of 64-68°F.

Of course you can use these tips for the cleaning and care of your leather handbag or shoes.

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