Leather furniture is generally a great investment. It looks fantastic, smells great, is durable and comfortable. However, as great as leather is, you still need to look after it to keep it looking and feeling great. That means you need to know the most effective ways to clean leather furniture.
But, before you start, it is worth getting a professional leather upholstery cleaning firm to do a periodic deep clean. This is essential if you want to keep your leather furniture looking and feeling like new.
You should also note that modern leather furniture is generally coated to help protect it from damage and spills. If your protective coat has worn off your professional friends can reapply it.
The first rule of owning leather furniture is that you should vacuum the furniture daily. This is an effective way to pick up crumbs and other debris on the furniture. Vacuum even if there doesn’t appear to be anything on your furniture. Crumbs can get into the tiniest of crevices and then they fester, ruining your leather furniture.
Dealing With Spills
If anything is spilled on your furniture you should instantly cover it to absorb excess liquid. Then, keep it covered and dab to remove as much as you can from the material. You can then moisten a soft clean cloth and gently dab the areas around the spill. In many cases, this will remove the liquid and keep the furniture looking great.
If it doesn’t then the best approach is to use hand soap! You can also purchase a leather cleaner designed to deal with big spills and stains. You’ll need a little of the soap or cleaner on a clean dry cloth and make sure it is rubbed in. Then, you can wipe the stained area of your leather furniture. Wipe it several times to make sure the product can do its job. Once you’re finished you can buff the area with a clean dry cloth and the stain should have vanished. It is advisable not to use chemicals on your furniture, they could destroy the finish and the look.
If you have been unfortunate enough to get ink on your furniture then you’ll need to use as little rubbing alcohol as possible directly on the ink. Only work on the ink or you will spread the stain
Once it’s all gone you can wipe it gently with a clean cloth.
When you clean your leather furniture it is advisable to give it a night to dry. This will always be necessary as you should follow any stain removal with a clean wipe-over with a soft damp cloth. Ensuring it dries properly will protect the furniture from mildew.
Once the leather furniture has dried properly it’s a good idea to use a little leather conditioner. In general, you need to apply the conditioner, let it sit for a couple of minutes, and then buff it off. But, check the instructions on your chosen leather conditioner.
This will keep it soft and help it to stay protected from spills and stains.