How to Clean a Leather Sofa

Leather furniture has always been popular because it will last forever if you take proper care of it. Just like a good leather jacket, will a little care and love, it will be with you forever. If you own a leather sofa, then you need to learn how to care for it. If you are like me, you also don’t want to spend a fortune doing it. I have found a fantastic homemade leather cleaner that also is a conditioner and I have also found a few cleaning tips that address the most common stains that your sofa will encounter.

To make your own leather cleaner/conditioner combine 1 part distilled white vinegar and 2 parts linseed oil. Evenly wipe down the entire surface of the sofa and buff out with a second clean rag or microfiber clothe until the surface regains its original look and all moisture is removed. The vinegar in the mixture will break down any dirt and most stains and the linseed oil with keep the moisture in the leather. Drying out is the worst thing that can probably happen to your leather furniture. Once it dries out, it will crack, become rough, and fall apart. If you do not need to clean the sofa, make sure that you still wipe it down with the linseed oil at least once every couple of months.

Just like any surface, leather can get stained. If you get an ink stain on your leather, spray it with hairspray and wipe off with a clean clothe. If all of the ink doesn’t come up right away, repeat until you get all of it and follow with your homemade leather cleaner. If you get water spots on your leather furniture, you can cover the stain with a thin coating of mayonnaise. Let the mayo sit for a while, wipe off completely, and then follow with the leather cleaner/conditioner. DO NOT use these cleaning tips on suede or any other unfinished leathers and, as always, test each cleaning tip in an inconspicuous location to make sure that your furniture does not discolor.

These cleaning tips will also work on your car’s leather interior. The leather in your car is more susceptible to drying out because of the direct sunlight. Make sure that you keep your car’s leather interior moisturized and treat at least once a month during the summer with a conditioner. Always read the care instructions provided by your furniture’s manufacturer and a little extra research never hurt anyone!

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