How To: Clean and Maintain Leather Sofas
“ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE AND LEATHER.”
While leather furniture is expensive, it can last a lifetime, and the investment pays off with just a little everyday care. Here’s some helpful tips to help your leather immaculate and beautiful for the years to come.
Different types of leather are used in manufacturing furniture, and each may require different methods of cleaning. Keep the instructions from your manufacturer when you buy leather furniture, and seek for their professional advice before cleaning. Always remember to test the cleaning solution first in an inconspicuous spot and allow to dry.
Dusting and Cleaning
Vacuum your leather furniture from time to time in crevices and along the bottom to remove all dust. Wipe down leather furniture with a soft white cloth or microfiber cloth weekly to prevent dirt buildup. Using a white cloth ensures that dyes is not deposited on your leather sofa by mistake.
For deep cleaning, moisten the cloth with a slight amount of water and liquid soap. Clean the surface of your furniture with this damp cloth and buff afterwards with a dry cloth. Do not use excessive water or rinse after cleaning with the soap. Polishing is optional. It is very important to clean any stains as soon as spillage occur. The older stains is, the harder it is to remove.
When cleaning, use a gentle circular wiping motion and don't scrub. Never use harsh chemicals, alcohol, strong detergents, or abrasive cleaners to clean leather, which can cause irreparable damage to a leather sofa. When cleaning leather, gentler is always better, and strong abrasives could cause even more damage than any stain.
Use a good leather conditioner every six months to a year.
Extreme room temperatures and humidity levels can wreak havoc on leather. Leather can fade, stiffen, and crack when placed close to heat sources, such as fireplaces or under direct sunlight. Leather scratches easily, so avoid using sharp objects near the furniture. For minor scratches on the surface, gently buff the surface with a chamois or clean fingers. If the scratch remains, rub a very small amount of distilled water into the scratch and blot with a dry cloth.
For any lingering stains, you can attempt to remove the unsightly marks using the following methods:
- General stains: Use a clean, soft, absorbent cloth and lightly dampen the cloth with water. Apply a small amount of soap to the damp cloth and work it into a lather before working the cleaner into the leather with gentle circular motions. Absorb any excess moisture with a clean dry cloth.
- For tough stains, choose a cleaner that is designed for leather with PH-balanced to suit your furniture. A pH of around 4.5 is ideal for cleaning most types of leather. A cleaner with degreasing agent will help remove stains a lot faster and will leave your leather feeling new and fresh afterwards.
- Grease Stains: For grease stains, use a dry, soft cloth and press down on the stain to blot up as much grease from the leather surface as you can. Follow up by sprinkling talcum powder or cornstarch on the leather surface, allowing it to sit for a while and then brush gently away using a brush with soft bristles. Repeat this process a couple of times if necessary.
- Water Stains: Water stains can be easily fixed by blotting the stain marks with a soft cloth immediately, as soon as the spill occurs. Do not wipe it, as that can make the stain bigger and more difficult to manage. If the water has dried and you did not get to the stain in time, use a soft damp cloth and starting from the stain, wipe outward, toward the edges of the surface in all directions. Do not scrub, just wipe gently. Use less and less moisture as you go outward. This technique provides a uniform effect for the entire treated leather surface while minimizing the stain.
- Ink Stains: Leather can absorb ink and dyes easily, so avoid placing printed materials on it. The ink can transfer and leave stains that are extremely difficult or impossible to remove and might need to be cleaned by a professional depending on the kind of ink and the severity or size of the stain. Fresh ink stains can be removed using a gentle soap solution, while small marks, such as those from ballpoint pens, might disappear on their own over a period of time. Big blobs of ink,however, need to be treated professionally. Refrain from using alcohol to clean your leather furniture as it may damage the color.
With enough care and regular weekly cleaning, your sofa will stay stunning throughout the years. Now you know all the tips on maintaining the impeccable condition of your leather sofa, find your own personal home style and select your perfect sofa to help complete your space. Now it is time to personalize!
Greyhammer Furniture Architect offers customisable sofas with premium fabric, imported leather or eco-leather with hundreds of color options. Built with a kiln-dried hardwood frame for sturdiness and durability and removable covers, Greyhammer’s sofas are made for the everyday living.
To view Greyhammer’s full collection of leather and fabric sofa, head down to their showrooms (link) or visit greyhammer.com/livingroomcollection