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The Best Ways to Clean Leather Furniture

Leather is a timely material that stays for years to come. Unlike polyester, cotton, or suede, this material can retain its shape with lasting comfort and durability until it is cared for and conditioned. Just like skin, leather has certain dos and don'ts that can harm its surface and cause color fading or surface erosion. You need to understand what kind of leather you have and how to place it in optimal conditions to maintain its durability. 


Some ways to clean leather furniture include: 

1- Rubbing Alcohol 

2- Leather Wipes 

3- Vinegar and Baking Soda solutions 

4- Corn Starch, etc. 

These have no side effects and can give your furniture a store-bought look you need! 


1- How to remove stains on Leather Furniture 

The best way to remove stains is by using certain household products that are readily available. You can use a mix of these depending on the kind and age of leather you have. Before trying any of these methods, do a patch test that will tell you what the final product will look like. 

  • Avoid rubbing the couch vigorously for any liquid spills, as the solution penetrates the leather and seeps into the furniture. Gently use a wet cloth to wipe the surface, and then use vinegar and water to ensure that it leaves no stains or odor. Alternatively, if there are dark stains or heavy spills of oil or grease, you can start by cleaning the surface with a damp cloth and then using a mix of soap and water to initially clean the surface. 
  • For mold patches - Dip some cotton in rubbing alcohol and gently wipe the powdery mold off it. Next, gently wipe the surface with a clean, damp cloth dipped in some water. Let the leather air dry completely before using it. 
  • For Food Spills - If your leather furniture has some dark spills that are not going away, use some lemon and let it sit for a while. Apply toothpaste (gel-free) or cream of tartar to loosen the stains, and then wipe with a damp cloth. 


2- Cleaning your Leather Furniture

Routine cleaning of leather furniture is important. You need to schedule a day where a simple dusting of the leather furniture and wiping of the surface with leather polish or creme can do the job. There are also leather cleaning wipes that are just as easy to use. Take a wipe and you will get a shiny leather surface that seems brand new. Avoid overusing any harsh chemicals or bleach without a patch test. Overusing these products will wear the surface off, so it’s best to use household products with a mild yet lasting effect. 


3- Hiring professional cleaning services 

If you are experiencing a lot of wearing and tearing of your furniture, that is because the leather surface is drying out, which quickly causes the leather to flake. In such cases, a professional can guide you on what cleaning procedure can work best.


4- Cleaning Tips for Leather Furniture 

Some tips work best for shiny and dust-free leather furniture for optimal cleaning. 

  • Always remember that you cannot use wet cloth or brushes for leather furniture. Always use a damp cloth and wring it properly to remove excess water. With leather furniture, if the water or any liquid seeps into the surface, it then accumulates in the base and thus causes moisture. Over the years, the humidity will cause your furniture to dry up, and mold will appear within. 
  • Keep Leather Furniture away from sunshine or any moisture as that can cause the surface to flake, and mold infestation can occur, which requires a deep cleaning session to get rid of the mold altogether. 
Harry Virk

Harry Virk is the director of CleaningPro Auckland. He has years of experience in the cleaning industry and his company is expert at providing exceptional cleaning services in Auckland. He has a passion for helping people and making sure that their homes are clean, tidy, and ready for visitors.

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