We spend a lot of time sitting, relaxing, and even entertaining guests on our leather lounges and sofas. And since most leather sofas these days are quite expensive, we have to learn to keep them clean and in pristine condition. Fortunately, leather sofa cleaning is an easy process, and only requires a few cleaning tools and agents.
Here are some general tips and guidelines to help you tidy up your leather lounge and sofa:
- Using a vacuum cleaner, remove any dirt, dust, debris, and crumbs that have built up between the cracks and folds of your couch. Avoid using the vacuum’s hose directly on your sofa, as this can cause scratches on the leather.
- In a pail or bowl, mix together 2 to 3 drops of a mild dishwashing liquid with one quart water. Dip a soft rag in the solution and squeeze out the liquid.
- Perform a patch test on an inconspicuous area of the leather lounge to ensure that it does not ruin or discolor the leather.
- If there was no damage or discoloration, gently rub the leather sofa and chair using the damp cloth. Work your way section by section to make the chore less tedious and overwhelming.
- Pour one quart water into another pail or bowl. Dip a soft rag into the water and squeeze it out. Rinse out the soap from all the leather pieces using the damp rag. Pat them dry with a soft towel.
- Apply a generous amount of leather conditioner (available in most furniture shops or grocery stores) onto a soft cloth and rub it in a circular motion, covering the entire leather surface. Allow it to dry and settle for about 10-15 minutes. For best results, buff the leather lounge with a soft cloth to make it shiny and instantly brand new looking.
While these steps are applicable for all types of leather sofas, it’s advisable to refer to the manufacturer’s manual to know the specific instructions on how to clean your leather sofa. If you are still uncertain, you may want to contact the sofa manufacturer or a professional cleaning company.