Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 7/16/15 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.
10 Leather Cleaning Tips
- Keep it nourished
- Stay away from oils that have silicone
- Use an upholstery vacuum attachment
- Clean up spills immediately
- Get rid of ink – fast
- Avoid harsh cleaners and chemicals
- General cleaning requires a gentle cleanser
- Soft cloths only
- Say no to sun
- Trust the professionals
If you've recently purchased new leather couch or chair, you're probably wondering about the best methods for cleaning and maintenance.
We have some tips to help.
Leather furnishing is often a big investment and correct leather cleaning practices can prolong the life of your furniture and keep it looking good for many years to come.
Here are ten leather cleaning tips to help you take care of your new investment.
10 Leather Cleaning Tips
1. Keep it nourished
You can purchase special conditioning creams, just make sure the cream you buy is compatible with your leather's finish.
Use circular motions and rub the conditioner in completely.
Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes, then use a different soft cloth to buff your leather back up.
2. Stay away from oils that have silicone
This can leave a sticky residue behind on your couch that can end up causing further stains and dirt in the future.
3. Use an upholstery vacuum Attachment
Once a week, gently clean your leather furniture with an upholstery vacuum attachment.
This will clear out dirt from cracks and crevices and help prevent grime from building up.
4. Clean up spills immediately
If spills do happen on your leather (😱), it's important to clean up the spill right away.
Leather can quickly soak up liquids, leaving behind tough stains.
5. Get rid of ink – fast
If your leather gets ink stains that seem set in, a cotton swab with a little rubbing alcohol may work to take it out.
Rub with a soft cloth over the spot then pat dry with another soft cloth.
6. Avoid harsh cleaners and chemicals
Leather is very sensitive. Avoid cleaners with ammonia or bleach.
7. General cleaning requires a gentle cleanser
If you're dealing with the every-day accumulation of things like dirt or makeup, you can use a specialty leather cleaner or a moisturizing soap like Dove.
Use a soft brush first to remove any dirt, then lather the cleaner on with a soft cloth. Use a damp cloth to remove dirt and grime and any liquid.
Important: Never use too much water on your leather!
8. Soft cloths only
When it comes to leather cleaning, soft cloths are the only way to go.
Abrasive scrubbing pads will end up removing the finish on the leather, often damaging it beyond repair.
9. Say No to sun
Keep your leather away from direct sunlight.
The rays can lead to fading and drying out, which will make your new leather crack easily. Not a good look!
10. Trust the professionals
If you have a set in stain that won't budge, it's best to call a professional.
It may seem like a cost you would rather avoid, but it's an important part of keeping your leather in good condition and it will save you money in the long run.
Your leather deserves the best
Follow these 10 leather cleaning tips to care for your furniture and ensure it has a long life.
If you're looking for a professional that can help you with your leather cleaning needs, contact the team at Hammond Knoll today.
We've been working in the Greater Puget Sound area since 1939, helping both homeowners and business owners keep their buildings clean and looking their best.