Leather-upholstered sofa impossibly chic, timeless, and remarkably easy to clean. Regular cleanings are essential to keep a leather sofa or chair looking polished and pristine. While general wear and change in coloration are natural for most leathers (and actually adds a certain charm to most pieces), allowing dust, dirt, or stains to permeate the upholstery will only quicken the aging process and leave your leather upholstery looking dull and drab.
To prevent that from happening, we’ve put together some tips to help you keep your leather furniture beautiful. Follow these simple steps at least every other month to ensure your leather pieces maintain a long-lasting luster!
How to Clean Leather Furniture, Step-by-Step Instructions
Step 1 – Dust with a soft, white cloth
Give your sofa a once over with a soft white cloth. It’s important that you use something without any colors as dyes can easily transfer to leather’s porous surface. Also, be sure you’re using a cloth that is extremely soft and doesn’t have any rough fibers or edges. Leather can be scratched and snagged quite easily, so using a super soft cloth is paramount.
Step 2 – Vacuum in between all cushions and creases
As mentioned above, dust can actually do a lot of damage and dull the overall luster of your leather if it is left to compress over time. A light vacuuming with an angled attachment or Dust Buster is all it takes to keep this condition at bay.
Step 3 – Wet cloth and ring until it’s damp
Now that you’ve removed any surface dust or debris, it’s time to take things up a notch. Using the same kind of cloth used for step one, wet completely and wring out until it’s damp. You never want to use too much water with leather, as water patches can stain just like any other liquid.
Step 4 – Wipe down your leather sofa or chair completely
Holding the damp cloth in your palm, give the entire piece a good wipe down. Wipe your sofa in the same way you might wipe down a table or countertop. Allow the piece to dry thoroughly before laying on any extra pillows or throws.
And that’s literally all you have to do to keep your leather furniture looking fresh and clean!