Steps for cleaning leather sofas

Leather sofas add a touch of elegance to your home décor. Cleaning and maintaining these luxurious sofas, however, is a tricky task as you cannot just wipe them down with a wet cloth.

Moreover, harsh cleaners can easily ruin your expensive sofa. Even bleach and ammonia-based cleaners should be avoided. Although leather is a durable material, it is porous.

Thus, you can either make a gentle yet effective cleaner at home or use a leather cleaner recommended by your sofa manufacturer. It is usually suggested to clean leather furniture every three months, or at least twice a year

Vacuum clean the sofa with a soft brush attachment. Make sure it sucks the dirt out of all the crevices; otherwise, the dust and grime could be rubbed into the couch when you wipe it with the cleaning solution.

Dust particles are abrasive. Hence, they can damage the material when they come in contact with moisture.

Create a cleaning solution by mixing equal parts of water and white vinegar. Alternatively, you can combine a few drops of commercial leather cleaner in water.

Dip a soft cloth (preferably a microfiber cloth) in this solution and wring it out so that the cloth is damp, not completely wet.

Wipe the entire sofa with this cloth while rinsing the cloth in the cleaning solution when necessary. It is best to start cleaning from the top and work your way down.

Dry the sofa with a clean towel. Do not use a blow dryer for this purpose as it is likely to dehydrate the leather.

For conditioning, mix one part of white vinegar and two parts of linseed oil or flax seed oil. Using a soft, clean cloth, apply this mixture on the sofa in broad, circular motions. Leave on overnight.

Next day, buff the sofa with a clean rag to restore its shine.

Apart from the vinegar solution, you can also clean your leather sofa with a moisturizing soap (such as Dove) and water (bring it to lather and then wipe). Test the cleaning solution on an inconspicuous spot before using it on the entire sofa.

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