How to Clean and Restore Leather Furniture 25Sep 2015

cleaning leather furniture

There is no other type of furniture as elegant and stylish as the leather one. The variety of colours and sizes that leather furniture comes in makes it ideal for just about any interior and any room. You are definitely on the right track if you have decided to acquire such furniture for your home. Anyone who visits will certainly be impressed.

Leather furniture does require some specialised cleaning and maintenance, however. If you think you can get away with just wiping the sofa with a wet cloth and calling it clean, you are in for an unpleasant surprise. When you have leather furniture, you have to really take steps to ensure that it not only looks great, but also feels comfortable as always. For this purpose you have to use specific leather cleaning products and avoid certain solutions, as they can damage the leather.

Here are few tips to help guide you in the process:

vacuum cleaning

- Vacuum the leather before proceeding with further cleaning - it is important to first clean the dust from your leather furniture, before applying any other cleaning solutions. If you skip this step, grime and dust can get rubbed into the material when you start wiping with a cleaning solution. Try to be as thorough as possible, paying extra attention around all crevices. Use a vacuum attachment with a brush, as leather can be easily scratched. If your vacuum cleaner is too powerful, you might have to switch to a smaller, hand-held vacuum or simply reduce the power to prevent marks on the leather. 

cleaning solution

- Mix a solution - there are few solutions you can use for leather cleaning. One is to mix a quart of distilled water with few drops of liquid soap; the other solution involves mixing equal parts water and vinegar. These make for great alternative to any commercial product you can buy in the store.

cleaning with microfiber

- Start your clean - get a piece of cloth, preferably microfiber, and wet it in the solution. Remember to wring it out, as you want it to be damp, not soaking wet. Use it to clean the leather furniture one section at a time. It is a good idea to start working your way from top to bottom. Rinse the cloth in the solution when it accumulates any spoils. Once you are done, take out another cloth and wet it in clean water. Wipe away any residue of the cleaner you previously used, as well as any odors that may linger. Get a clean towel and dry the sofa thoroughly. Avoid using a blow dryer, as it can easily dehydrate the leather.

stain removal

- Stain removal - sometimes you may stain your leather upholstery. Luckily, most stains are relatively easy to clean, if you know what to use. Ink can be effectively cleaned with some rubbing alcohol. For food stains you should make a mix of lemon juice and cream of tartar - just rub the paste and let it sit for 10 minutes before removing it. If you spill grease, you can just wipe it away with a dry cloth. Remember to clean any stains as soon as possible, to prevent the liquid from penetrating the surface of leather.

restoring leather furniture

- Restoring leather - if the leather of your furniture is worn and cracked, you can restore it with a leather re-colouring balm. If the leather surface is absorbent, you can simply apply the solution and enjoy the new look. This, however, doesn’t fix cracks. To do this, you must use leather binder and filler to both strengthen the material and restore cracks. You can finish restoration with a spray of new coat of colour and a coat of finish to guarantee a great look and soft feel. 

Leather cleaning and maintenance does require some knowledge and specialised solutions, but that is the only way to guarantee your furniture looks amazing. You will show it with pride and feel great resting on it.

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