A leather couch is a great option for your home for all kinds of reasons. Firstly, they look good. No one wants a horrible-looking couch – it would ruin the entire room, and even mean that people wouldn’t want to use the furniture. Another plus point is that leather couches are comfortable. Over time, they mould to the body, get softer, and generally become better with age.
Plus – something that anyone with small children or pets or who just don’t enjoy housework very much will appreciate greatly – is that leather couches are easy to clean. Leather never goes out of style since it is so simple to live with, matures beautifully, and endures the test of time, particularly if properly cared for, making it the ideal sofa for a small living room or bigger area.
Most of the time, all you need to do to clean a leather couch is to wipe it down with a damp cloth. After that, the food or mud or whatever it was that landed on the leather will be gone, and there won’t be any marks left to show anything happened.
However, in some cases, the leather couch will need a deeper, better clean. If you can add this deeper clean into your six-monthly spring and autumn cleaning schedule, the sofa will look great all year round. Here are the steps you need to take to ensure that your leather couch looks amazing once you’re done. Read on to find out more.
Remove Surface Dirt
The first thing to do is to remove any throws and throws of other items. Then take a look at the back and sides of the couch to make sure there are no stray coins, chocolate bar wrappers, crisp bags, and so on. Remove anything that shouldn’t be there and dispose of it or put it where it needs to be. The only thing you need to be cleaning is the couch; nothing else.
Using your vacuum cleaner once you have removed the debris. To prevent damaging leather upholstery, use the brush attachment. Using a steady sweeping motion, slowly pick up all the crumbs and grime that have collected on the surface.
Once this is done, start using your crevice tool. This will help to ensure the seams and any other hard to reach areas are thoroughly cleaned. Do this to every leather surface on the couch cleaning, from the seats to the back cushions.
Read The Label
Before you start any form of cleaning, especially if you are using chemicals, check to see whether your sofa’s label is still there. If it is, that will be helpful, since on this label it will tell you what kind of washing detergent you can use safely.
W indicates that you can only use a water-based cleaning, for example, whereas S or P indicates that it can only be cleaned with solvents (dry-clean only). SW or WS denotes you can employ either a water-based detergent or a solvent cleaner. A steam cleaner would also suffice. Finally, X indicates that you should not use any water or detergent on the surface; instead, get it professionally cleaned.
Take a damp (not wet) cloth and gently wipe over the surface of the leather sofa. Remember, if the cloth is wet, it will leave water stains that will be hard to shift.
Natural Ingredients For Stains
If you have wiped over the couch and found that stains remain, you’ll need to do some extra work. Begin by blotting the stain with equal parts water and vinegar solution, then gently wipe the spot away with a microfibre cloth (only use a fresh cloth or ensure it is totally clean).
To eliminate any remaining vinegar smell, use a combination of mild detergent and lukewarm water to wipe across the sofa, and then allow it to air dry naturally. As a general rule, you should always deal with stains as soon as they appear.
Test It First
Always put your cleaning products through a test run first, no matter what kind you intend to use. Choose an area of the couch that no one can see and wait for the cleaning materials to dry before applying it to the target stain (assuming it is safe to do so after your test).
Use A Leather Conditioner
Wipe away the lather (one it has formed) and polish the leather with a dry towel. Then, just before it fully dries, apply a leather conditioner. This will give your couch a superb, luxury shine and treat the leather to be more durable.
Know When To Contact A Professional
If a stain just will not budge, leave it alone and resist the urge to clean it – you may be doing more damage than good. If this is the case, use a professional upholstery cleaning company instead.