How To Clean Leather Sofas: Easy and Efficient Guide

Couches are long-term investments that, like any other furniture, need care every once in a while. If you have a leather couch and intend to keep it for a long time, learning how to clean it is a must.

Leather couches are the type of furniture that the longer you use, the prettier, comfortable, and enjoyable it gets. 

If you want to get the best tips on how to clean and care for your leather sofa, keep following the reading!

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Check for the couch’s cleaning guidelines

If you have a new leather couch, you will probably find some cleaning guidelines attached to it, usually at the bottom. 

These guidelines will tell you if you can use water, dry-clean solutions, both, or neither to clean your leather sofa. It’s essential to check it to know what materials to use.

But if you don’t have the tag with this information anymore, just keep following the general, easy, and efficient tips we are providing here.

Vacuum-clean the surface

Before using any products, you should probably clean the surface of your leather couch with a vacuum cleaner or a feather duster.

Take out of the way all superficial dirt, dust, and things you may find in places like the crevices or the hedges. After that, you can go to the next step!

Gather some cleaning supplies

Some essential cleaning supplies you will need when cleaning leather couches are:

  • Water;
  • Saddle soap;
  • Clean rags;
  • Leather cream/dew (specific product to clean leather surfaces);
  • Cotton swab and rubbing alcohol;
  • White vinegar. 

Start the cleanse!

Once you get all your cleaning materials, it’s time to start the cleanse! Follow the steps:

  1. Start by using water and saddle soap to remove the stains. To do this step, soak a rag until it is damp and clean the spots on the sofa. Make sure the rag is not wet. You don’t want to damage the leather.
  2. For the second step, you will need a new piece of dry cloth to dry up the leather couch. Pay attention and do not leave any damp areas.
  3. You can now use the leather dew/cream to polish and moisture the leather sofa. After that, you are all set!  

Note: for more specific stain-cleaning, like ink stains, use a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol. First, apply the alcohol in the swab and then in the spot accurately. The next step is using a clean cloth to dry out the area. 

Bonus: cleaning leather couches with white vinegar and water

If you want a more natural solution, you can always use white vinegar and water to help you clean your leather couch.

This process involves mixing the two substances in equal parts, getting your clean, dry rag soaked into the mix, and applying it to the leather couch. Again, be sure the rag is not wet. You want a damp cloth to clean it! After that, be sure to dry out the sofa by wiping it with a clean, dry cloth.

Now you know how to clean leather couches and are all set to clean your leather sofa in easy steps and effective ways. And if you like these tips, check our blog for more!