How do you clean your leather sofa? Does it work?
Cleaning leather sofas is done differently due to different kinds of dirt. Because leather is porous, dirt can get absorbed to make a stain. Whether in form of a drink or from dirt in hands, cleaning leather sofas needs lots of care. It is important to test the cleaning method somewhere inconspicuous before doing it on the dirt spot.
Removing normal spots
General leather sofa cleaning
Using a moisturizing soap and water lather a soft cloth and wipe the surface. Do not soak the leather with water, just wet it a little. After wiping with moist soft lathered cloth, do not rinse with water so as to maintain the moisturized texture. Polish for a shine as usual.
For light colored leather sofas, make a paste from one-part lemon juice and one part of cream of tartar. Apply the paste on the leather surface and wait for about 10 minutes. Apply another layer of the paste. With a sponge soaked in moisturized soap lather, wipe the paste away.
Stains such as ink can appear impossible to remove on leather but they are not. With a cotton puff dipped in alcohol, rub on the ink stain. If you try wiping the stain away but the ink remains, apply cuticle remover on the stain and wait overnight to rub it off
When the leather sofa has grease or oil stains on them, rub baking soda in and let it stay overnight. The baking soda will absorb the oil/grease and so you can wipe the surface clean.
Toothpaste that doesn’t have any gel is a great cleaning agent for leather. Dampen the area a little then apply toothpaste. Using a soft toothbrush, rub away the stain. Using a damp cloth, wipe the spot and then dry with a soft cloth or towel.
When it comes to cleaning a leather sofa, hard detergents and bleach will ruin your precious leather. Instead, opt for smoother options like cleansers with moisturizers.
Cleaning and maintenance of leather sofas go hand in hand. However, maintaining is more of making the leather look as good as new or even better. Here are the do’s and don’ts in order to maintain leather sofas.
-Do not place the leather sofa near heat so as to prevent cracking.
-If you see any spill on the sofa instantly, wipe it while still fresh to avoid stains. Avoiding stains is better than cleaning them up.
-Unless sure of your cleaning methods when cleaning stubborn stains, hire a professional cleaner to do it.
-Cover the leather seat when you go somewhere or when you are doing certain activities such as painting.
-Nourish and condition leather sofas with moisturized soaps to restore their shine.
Due to the leather’s sofa natural look, some people think they’ll take care of themselves or they do not need much maintenance. However, frequent care of your leather sofa means a better supple look. Who wouldn’t want to sit on such?