A leather sofa is always beautiful in a room, but you still have to keep it clean! It’s not like a fabric sofa. You have to pay other kinds of attention to cleaning it.
How to clean a sofa in leather light or dark knowing that the longevity of leather, whether white, beige, or dark, depends mostly on its maintenance and its clean every day. A leather not cleaned loses its luster and will eventually dry out.
The maintenance of leather, of a leather lounge, is therefore essential. But you can not clean the leather or remove the stains on the leather with anything. There are precautions to take when cleaning leather. Here we give some great tips and tricks for cleaning a dirty leather sofa effectively.
1. Simply use a damp cloth
On some leather sofas, wiping with a simple wet cloth will be sufficient to clean everything.
2. Cleaning your leather with Marseille soap
3. Use white vinegar to loosen well
Mix water with white vinegar (you can also add Marseille soap) and clean your couch using a cloth moistened with this mixture. Then rinse.
4. Clean a leather sofa with vinegar and milk
There are products on the market for cleaning your sofa. However, you will get great results using cleansing milk and white vinegar. Dust your sofa then pour a little cleansing milk on a clean cloth. Put a few drops of white vinegar on your cloth and dab your sofa in the rub. Vinegar is an antibacterial degreaser; the cleansing milk will nourish the leather and give it flexibility. Then gently wipe a microfiber cloth to polish.
5. Use a moisturizer for the body
And yes! This is a tip after cleaning. So after washing your leather couch, put a little moisturizer for the body in several places on your couch and then dab with a soft cloth so that the penetration of the cream is at its best. Then rinse.
6. Use makeup remover and ammonia
Soak a soft cotton ball in facial makeup remover with a drop of ammonia. Then clean the couch in circular motions.
7. Remove stain with claystone
Claystone on a damp fabric is perfect for cleaning a stain on a leather sofa. If you didn’t remove the stain immediately, it has become embedded in the skin. Gently soak the dirt with the cloth and watch the miracle happen.
8. Use egg white to clean a leather couch
This is an old grandmother recipe. Use beaten egg white to clean the surface of your leather sofa. Rinse then.
9. Clean with glycerine soap
Go over the leather, but without insisting too much, with circular movements, a washcloth soaked in water with a little glycerine soap. Operate area by area, wiping as soon as an area is cleaned, without rinsing. Change or clean your washcloth as soon as it gets dirty. Leave to dry. Then wipe with a soft cloth impregnated with body cream. Then gently polish the leather with a soft cloth, always in circular movements.
10. Use sour beer
Put a little beer in an open container and leave it for a few days near a heat source. Then wash your leather couch with this beer and rinse afterward.
11. Use talcum powder on your leather couch
Sprinkle a little talcum powder on your couch, especially on the armrests and backrests to remove stains left by skin and hair. Leave to rest for a few hours, then brush your leather, and you’re done.
12. Use cleansing milk
The cleansing milk is a gentle cleanser that will also nourish the leather. It will be enough to apply the product on a large piece of cotton and to pour a drop of white vinegar. Then rub your sofa with the cotton once the milk is well distributed on the leather, polish with a soft cloth.
13. Use the stain remover
Apply the stain remover to a hidden part of the sofa or leather chair to make sure that its action does not change the color and shine of the leather. If the color of the leather is found on the cloth, immediately stop this cleaning. Try another one.
14. Use shoe polish
The colorless waxing balm made from organic ingredients, presented in a 75ml jar is ideal for maintaining, waxing, shining, and renovating leather. This shoe polish balm is available in black and brown.
15. Do not wet the leather
Do not dampen a leather sofa, especially leather full flower pure aniline.
16. Do not use chemicals
Wherever possible, avoid chemicals for cleaning of leather. The washing with the solvent allows the removal of stains fat. But colored leather does not always support it. It is therefore advisable to make a test on a hidden part of the sofa or leather armchair.
17. Alleviate cigarette burns
If a minimal cigarette burn is on your leather sofa, you can gently run it a few small strokes with a pumice stone to then dab the burn with a cloth soaked in oil. You will only have to wax your leather afterward.
18. Never rub the leather
When cleaning a leather couch, never scrub to remove stains. Instead, dab very gently.
19. Removing greasy stains and bad odors
Finally, here are some tips for cleaning an oily stained leather sofa:
- absorb the traces left by the sebum of the hair or the skin on the armrests and the headrests, by sprinkling them with talcum powder or Sommières earth, this method also working on fabric sofas
- for oil or sludge type soiling, apply petroleum jelly and let stand before removing it with a cloth and absorbing the excess with talc
- on old greasy stains, use a hairdryer to dissolve them and bring them to the surface of the leather
- to eliminate an unpleasant odor from your sofa, sprinkle its surface with baking soda and leave to act for several hours.
19. Take care of your sofa
The secret to keeping a leather sofa looking great longer is to take care and maintain it regularly. For this, there are three rules to follow:
- Dust it once a week with a soft cloth or slightly damp chamois leather.
- Moisturize it once a month with leather milk or just a moisturizer that you use for yourself or your children.
- Protect it with a stain remover that you will find on the market.