by Emily McBride
(last updated March 26, 2018)
Not only are leather sofas comfortable, but they look nice and are easy to clean. If you treat your leather sofas right, they will last and look nicer for longer. Before you clean, you need to know what kind of leather (finished or unfinished) you have. Almost all leather couches are made of finished leather, but if yours is not, you may need to follow different instructions. Check the manufacturer's tag if you are not sure. Many manufacturer's tags give instructions on how to clean your leather couches. Also, the retailer you bought your couch from may have given you cleaning supplies and directions on how to clean your couch. These instructions are helpful because they are tailored to your couch. Here are some general directions on how to clean leather sofas:
These tips work for a general cleaning, but if you have stains, you may need a little more work. If it's a grease stain, do not use water! Just wipe the stain with a dry cloth. If it is a dark stain, mix one part lemon juice with one part cream of tartar. Rub the mixture into the stain and let it sit for ten minutes. Use a damp rag and gentle soap to remove the paste. If it is an ink stain, dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol. Immediately dry the area (a blow dryer on a low setting works well).
Do not use oil, furniture polish, or abrasive cleaners on your leather. Also, try to keep your sofas out of direct sunlight. These tips will help your sofas stay looking nicer.
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