Leather furniture, such as sofas and cushions, are popular household items, but few homeowners know how to look after their leather properly. If heavy-duty household cleaners are used, the leather could become worn or bobbled, so choose a soap that’s much gentler, and follow these useful guidelines:
- With the soft brush attachment, vacuum the furniture to remove dust and particles before cleaning.
- Using a cloth, wipe a small amount of a very mild detergent onto the furniture. Possible detergents might include those designed for washing delicate clothes, or a saddle soap that contains oils and waxes that will help maintain the leather’s shine.
- Ideally, use a microfibre cloth that will not fray; never use paper towels, which can disintegrate and become embedded in the leather.
- With a separate cloth, wipe again with cool, clean water, taking care not to oversaturate the fabric.
- Repeat until all soap residue has been removed.
- Leave to dry naturally, closing curtains or blinds if the furniture is in direct sunlight.
- Remember – always spot test the cleaning product on a small area before cleaning the whole sofa! You don’t want to damage your leather furniture by mistake!
Is There an Easy Way to Clean Leather Car Upholstery?
Car upholstery can be treated in much the same way as leather furniture, but the main concern is access. The best way to make cleaning car upholstery easy is to transfer a soap solution (diluted with clean water) into a transportable spray bottle to take down to the car. Take a separate spray bottle filled with clean water for rinsing.
How to Clean Leather Using Steam?
You can steam clean leather without risking damage to the material – but keep in mind that while this is a good way to remove germs and surface dirt, you’ll probably still need to spot treat specific stains and marks, as steam cleaning doesn’t penetrate the leather. However, it’s well worth giving leather sofas, which are prone to accumulating germs, a good steam clean on a regular basis to maintain a hygienic home.