How To Clean Leather Couch
Imagine: you are sitting on your favorite leather couch on a relaxing evening, sipping a cup of strong steaming coffee. Your phone rings suddenly in the other room, and you in a hurry to pick the phone, spill some coffee over your new leather couch. Or suppose, you had a birthday party at home and after the guests have left, you discover that the couch has been thoroughly abused and has got soiled enough to put you off for the day! Considering the amount of daily exploit it endures, you bet, maintaining a leather couch is a challenge. Just turn your couch cushion and it’s not difficult to find food crumbs, coins, and stains scattered all over. Only vacuum cleaning is not enough to clean a leather couch properly. Leather is special and demands special care. If you really want your leather couch to look new, here are some basic guidelines for you.
Cleaning Leather Couches
- To keep your leather couch clean, dust it regularly with a soft cotton cloth. You may use a soft brush vacuum attachment to clean the cracks and crevices of the couch.
- For general cleaning, take a clean rag and damp it with mild soap solution. Rub gently and bring it to lather. Take another clean cloth and wipe away the lather. Never rinse leather in water. Once you wipe away the lather, take a clean and dry towel to polish it. Allow the leather to dry naturally, and then use a leather conditioner to soften it. Leather conditioners are easily available in any leather shop, so you won’t have a difficult time to find one.
- To clean liquid spills, use an absorbent cloth to soak the spill. To clean stains, take a soft cloth and damp it with warm soap solution. Pat and rub gently with the cloth to remove the stain. Do not scratch or rub too hard as it can damage the leather.
- Before cleaning your leather upholstery, read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. It is always recommended to test a small hidden area with the cleaning procedure before cleaning the whole couch. If you find difficulty, or if the cleaning procedure does not work, consult a professional cleaner.
- The most common stain you find in leather couch is water stain as water is mainly used to clean leather couches. While cleaning leather, remember to damp the cloth instead of soaking it in water.
- Ink stains are the most stubborn stains, and cleaning ink stains is a challenging task. If you spot it, immediately spray the area with hairspray and wipe it gently with a soft cloth. Do not rub the area as it might spread the stain. Acetone-free nail polish removers can also do wonders to remove ink stains.
- To remove a deep grease stain, spill talcum powder or corn starch over the area and allow it to stand for about four hours. Then wipe it gently. Never rub or scratch to remove the grease.
- Regular dusting of leather couches helps keep away dirt and debris.
- Vacuum clean your couch once a week.
- Avoid using abrasive solutions and scrubbers as it may damage the leather finish.
- Use moisturizing soap solutions as mediums of cleaning.
- Use a leather conditioner to keep the couch soft and shiny.
- With these tips and a little bit of care you can make your leather couch long-lasting and look like new for years!