Spot Cleaning Leather Sofas

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated September 7, 2020)

Have you ever noticed how popular leather sofas really are today? While this type of furniture used to be relegated to the domain of bachelors, more and more leather furniture is cropping up in family homes across the country. As such, everyone who decides to purchase a leather sofa should really learn how to take care of it, at least with the minor types of cleaning like spot cleaning. Spot cleaning a leather sofa may sound like a complicated matter, but surprisingly it isn't. All you really need to do is use one of these simple methods to get the job done.

One word of warning before you actually start any cleaning. Make sure that you read the care instructions that came with the sofa. These instructions will usually tell you what type of cleaners, or procedures, that the manufacturer recommends for their furniture. At the very least it will help you get an idea of the basic care that is needed for the furniture.

  • Automotive cleaning tools. Go to your local automotive store, and look around. Often you will be able to find leather cleaning towelettes available. While these towelettes are primarily designed for automotive upholstery, there is nothing that says you cannot use them for spot cleaning the leather couch. Simply make sure that the leather is the same type that is often found in a vehicle before you begin cleaning. Also, take the time to read the instructions on the cleaning towelettes as well to ensure that you are fully familiar with their use.
  • Use a damp cloth. Often times using a simple damp cloth can be used to clean many of the simpler stains that you can find on a couch. Ideally, you should only use this method for a fresh stain. For any old or crusty stains you really should use one of the other methods first.
  • Use specialized tools. Many furniture stores and department stores will carry specialized leather cleaning tools. If you cannot find any at such locations, you can often find some at your local professional cleaners. Before you use these cleaners, keep in mind that they will often be fairly expensive. If you do purchase some, make sure that you fully understand their use and their instructions before you apply them.
  • Hire a professional. Easily the most expensive option, this is also the most effective. By hiring a professional to periodically clean your couches you will have them looking a lot nicer than simply spot cleaning. On the average you can usually get away with only having this type of cleaning done at most twice a year.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...


Installing a Pop-Up Drain

If you haven't already got a pop-up drain in your bathroom sink, then you need to think about installing one. Installing ...

Discover More

Removing Copper Stains

If you have some copper stains left by pipe water on the floor of your shower, or at the bottom of your sink, never fear. ...

Discover More

Installing a Window Air Conditioner

In the heat of the summer, perhaps the single greatest help is a working air conditioner. If you don't already have one, ...

Discover More

Keep Your Hardwood Floors Like New Bona's hardwood floor cleaner is the #1 choice of professionals. The no-residue formula is specially designed to be safe for floors, families, and the environment. Check out Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Refill today!

More Cleaning Tips

Removing Stains from Leather

Leather is a high-maintenance material that requires constant care. Never use cold water to clean leather. If you protect ...

Discover More

Cleaning Suede Leather

Suede is a very special type of leather, and needs special care when getting cleaned. There are some things that you can ...

Discover More

Maintaining Leather Furniture

Leather furniture can add a wonderful hint of masculine elegance to most decorating choices. However, maintaining leather ...

Discover More

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.


If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is one less than 2?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)

Newest Tips

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.