Cleaning a Leather Sofa

Few things say style and comfort quite like a traditional leather sofa. As amazing as it may look in your living room or den, though, keeping it clean can be a bit difficult at times. These tips can help.

  • Start with the dry stuff. Use your vacuum to eliminate any debris that may have collected either on the sofa itself or between the cushions. That will help to get rid of potential problems before they can get pushed far enough into the leather to actually stain it.
  • Before you actually use any cleaning products on the sofa, you’ll want to figure out what type of leather it actually is. That information should be on the tag. If not, contact your retailer to leather sofalearn more.
  • Most leather sofas can be safely cleaned with liquid soap and distilled water. You’ll need to mix the soap with about a quart of water, and whip it until suds form on it. In an inconspicuous area, test to make sure you’re not going to hurt the leather. Dip a rag into the water, then wring it out. Wipe the surface down with the cloth. Clean it off with pure distilled water. Dry the sofa carefully. You can do this as often as you think your sofa needs it.
  • About four times a year, you’ll want to get saddle soap and carefully clean your sofa. It not only gives it a solid look, but it will help to protect it, too. Follow the directions on the package for best results.