How to Clean Your Leather Furniture! 21 January 2015

Leather furniture looks fantastic in any home, but keeping it clean and caring for it properly requires something a little different to your fabric upholstered furniture. If you care for your leather furniture well, then it can last you a lifetime, and if you want to know how to clean your leather properly and efficiently then have a look at the following guide, filled with useful advice and tips for thorough and safe leather furniture cleaning!
1)    Make sure you have the right materials.
If you want a leather sofa or chair that’s been cleaned to the standard of professional cleaners then you need to make sure that you have the right equipment in your cleaning cupboard. You can use leather cleaning products, which are widely available, and which will do an excellent job, but if you’re on a budget or if you’re looking for a quick-clean solution, then you can use a mild soap, along with distilled water and a few cleaning rags. Chemical leather cleaning products can work wonders, but if you want to take a more natural – and cheaper – approach then read on!
2)    Taking care of leather furniture.
Leather furniture will look its best if it’s dusted regularly. Dust can have a harsh effect on leather, so try to add dusting your leather furniture into your weekly cleaning routine. A polishing cloth or dusting rag will do the job, and this 2 minute change to your cleaning routine can keep your leather looking better for longer! Before you begin cleaning, remove the sofa cushions or seat pads and vacuum thoroughly. If you’re worried about using your vacuum cleaner on your leather then try to use a more sensitive and gentler nozzle or attachment.
3)    Know you furniture.
Before using any cleaning products on your sofa it’s important to know what type of leather it’s made from. There are a few types of leather furniture, including Aniline Pigment, Aniline and Nubuck, and all require different cleaning methods. Check your sofa for a label, so that you can be sure of the method that you’re going to use.
4)    Aniline Pigment furniture.
If your furniture is Aniline Pigment leather then you can use a mild and moisturising soap to clean it. Put a small amount onto a damp rag and gently buff your sofa using circular motions. Repeat this step with a clean damp rag to remove soap residue, and then buff dry with a third, and dry, cleaning rag. This will remove dirt, and help to keep your sofa cleaner for longer.
5)    Aniline and Nubuck furniture.
If your furniture is Aniline or Nubuck leather then a mild soap isn’t going to be suitable for cleaning it. Instead, put a small amount of distilled water onto your cleaning rag and use this to buff at the furniture. Use gentle and circular motions for the best results. Repeat the process with a dry cloth to get rid of any excess water or residue.
6)    Hiring a cleaning company.
If your leather furniture is looking a little worse for wear, or if you’re concerned about how to clean it then you can always hire your local cleaning contractors for the job. Many cleaning companies offer cleaning services that are perfect for leather furniture cleaning, so it’s worth looking around to see what help you can find. Hiring a cleaning agency is a great way to say goodbye to your cleaning problems, and can help you if you have a busy schedule!

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