How to Clean Leather Sofa
Leather sofas are all about elegance. These are luxurious and one has to look after them to keep the desired look intact. It is a tad bit tough to clean leather sofa at home as you can’t just wipe it with water. On the other hand, harsh cleaners can ruin it entirely. So leather sofa cleaning is a bit tricky. Moreover you cannot call up professionals because it is quite expensive. Following some of the tips discussed below may turn out advantageous!
1. Using the soft brush
Using the soft brush attachment vacuum clean the sofa. Dirt from all the crevices needs to be sucked out or else dirt and grime could be rubbed into the sofa. These particles can damage the leather when it comes in contact with moisture. Remove any debris from the sofa focusing on the creases and folds of the couch. Debris can scratch the leather so be careful while clearing.
2. Use a feather or microfiber duster
Use a feather or microfiber duster and lightly dust the surface. You can also use the vacuum’s brush tool as the bristles are soft and less likely to scratch.
3. Mix water and white vinegar
Mix water and white vinegar at equal measure. Or else, you can mix a drop of commercial leather cleaner in water. Dip a smooth cloth in it, squeeze out the excess liquid so that the cloth is damp and not wet completely.
4. wipe the entire sofa
Now wipe the entire sofa with this cloth while rinsing the cloth in the cleaning solution when necessary.
5. Use a white towel
Use a white towel to dry the sofa. Do not use blow dryer. It has a tendency of dehydrating the leather.
6. Remove Stains
Another important thing is to remove stains. As soon as you notice them remove stains using leather cleaning solutions. If it still remains, you can try baking powder or cornstarch on the stain. Leave it for some time and then brush it away.
7. Remove Liquid Stains
On the other hand you can remove liquid stains by applying leather cleaning solutions after you have wiped the liquid. When it is complete, use a dry rag to dry the surface completely.
8. Surgical Spirit
A mixture of surgical spirit and water on a damp soft cloth, in equal measure, can be applied to help remove mould and mildew.
9. Home Made Conditioner
You can make a home-made conditioner by adding 10-15 drops of lemon/tea tree oil to two cups of white vinegar. Alternatively, you may go for commercial products. Apply it on the entire couch by a circular motion and leave it to dry overnight. Buff the leather gently next day and restore the shine. The more gently the better. You can repeat this every 6-12 months to keep the shine. For more stubborn stains, it is advised to seek professional help.
Always test your cleaning products before using. Choose an area of the sofa that no one can see, and find out how it works after you clean it. If the stain remains don’t scrub as you may cause harm in that way. Let the experts take over from that point!