Leather sofas are expensive and one of the prized possessions of every home. They give homes a smooth and sleek feel, making them look attractive overall. They can also last for a very long time if properly taken care of. Enough said, let’s dive into how to take care of leather sofas.
What can I clean my leather sofa with?
The list of cleaning agents that can be used to clean a leather sofa or furniture includes
Use a Vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to clean the sofa.
Be sure to check whether all the dust and dirt has been sucked out of the crevices otherwise the dust and grime could be rubbed into the sofa when you wipe it with the cleaning solution causing more stains.
This method doesn’t do any damage to the sofa and is only effective for removing dust and large particles.
Vinegar and olive oil
Vinegar and olive oil give us a variety of options for taking care of leather furniture. Drop vinegar directly over soiled areas, dry it off; then apply a dab of olive oil to a soft cloth and buff the leather with it to help keep the material soft and supple.
You can make up an all-around homemade leather cleaner by mixing equal parts of vinegar and olive oil in a bowl, mixing them vigorously to blend them. Put a soft clean white cloth into the mixture; then rub it all over the affected area.
Wipe the leather furniture down again with a clean, dry cloth to remove any excess oil.
Soap and Water
A mild hand or dish soap can serve different purposes, one of which is to act as a general cleaner for leather furniture.
Pour a squirt or two of soap in a bowl of warm water, and mix them. It is effective for cleaning basic dirt and dust.
Use a Vacuum Cleaner with a soft brush attachment on the furniture first to remove loose and big debris; then dip a soft white cloth into the soapy water, squeezing out most of the water, so the cloth is damp and not wet. Wipe through all the leather this way; then clean it again with a dry white cloth.
Try and dry immediately afterward with yet another white, soft cloth. For an area that is heavily stained, put a drop or two of the gentle soap directly onto the damp cloth; then rub the soapy cloth over the stain. Wipe the leather again with a damp cloth; then rub with a dry cloth.
This method is effective for cleaning stains immediately they are noticed and do not really have any damaging effects on the leather sofa if done correctly.
Waxy substances such as taffy, chewing gum, and wax from candles need not create a permanent mess on the furniture. Get a zippered sandwich bag and place several ice cubes in them, and then place the bag over the affected area for a few minutes.
Remove the hardened material away with your hand or the bowl of a plastic spoon or any other utensil that you can find; it should come off the sofa easily. Reapply the ice bag as many times as necessary to eliminate the problem totally.
This method is only effective for waxy stains and can’t be used to remove ink stains or spills. This method doesn’t cause any immediate or long-term damage to the sofa if done correctly.
How do you clean stains off leather?
For Common Stain :
To remove stains caused by mold and mildew, add a combination of equal parts of water and rubbing alcohol and use it to clean the affected area.
Stains caused by Permanent markers can be removed by applying an aerosol hairspray on the affected area. If your child or you by mistake has written something on the sofa with a ballpoint pen, blot the ink stain with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol. Then try eucalyptus oil has also been proven to be effective in removing ink stains. Be careful not to soak the leather.
Once the stain has been removed, make sure you clean the leather surface with a damp rag and dry the area thoroughly after with a dry clean cloth.
Non-acetone cosmetics removers, baby wipes, and even dentifrice (white dentifrice, not gel) may assist you in eliminating stains from your leather furniture.
Remember To :
Ensure you check the choice you decide on, on a hidden space to confirm that it doesn’t fade the color.
Safer Choice :
If you wish to go for a safer choice, leather wipes or foam leather cleaners. But research has shown that leather wipes are likely to leave a residue on your leather furniture.
For Daker Color Stain :
For stains that are dark-colored on a light-colored leather couch, mix one-part each of lemon juice and cream of tartar to form a paste, and apply the paste on the affected area.
Leave the paste on the affected area for about 10 minutes and finally, wipe it off with a damp sponge. You should also clean the affected area after with a clean white dry cloth.
For Grease Stain :
To eliminate grease stains, clean the surface of the leather with a leather cleaning solution, and then wipe thoroughly with a dry clean cloth. If that doesn’t work, pour some baking soda on the affected area and use a brush to dust it off after a few hours.
What the Baking soda does is to absorb the oil, leaving your leather sofa clean. Some common cause of grease stains on a leather sofa includes hair, beauty products, or food. For best results, it is advised to try and remove these stains as soon as they become visible.
How can I moisturize my leather sofa?
You can moisturize your leather by always applying conditioner and buff the couch with a clean white rag. Always use a clean white cloth because dyes from a colored rag can rub off onto your furniture.
Apply the conditioner with a soft cloth, carefully rubbing the moisturizer into the leather and then wiping away any excess conditioner as you go. After moisturizing is complete, use another clean white soft cloth to buff the leather to a shine.