Cleaning leather sofas can be a bit of a slippery slope, but according to an article in House to Home, there are several steps to help you navigate those tricky waters so that your leather sofa looks as good as new.
The top tip for cleaning one is to use saddle soap or leather dew (a soap and oil blend available at some shoe repair shops and furniture stores) weekly with a soft cloth.
Most sofas are of finished leather, allowing the use of a slightly damp cloth with a small amount of gentle soap for a quick clean. But be sure the cloth is just damp and not wet; otherwise, a water mark residue remains.
Once a lather has been built up, wipe it away and polish the leather with a dry cloth. Then treat it with a leather conditioner just before it completely dries.
Also of importance: test your cleaning products first. Select an area of the sofa not plainly visible then wait until it’s dry to check the results before applying to the particular stain or the rest of the couch. If a stain refuses to go away, leave it and don’t be tempted to scrub. You may be causing more harm than good. Instead, call in a professional upholstery cleaner to finish the job.
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