Leather Furniture Cleaning Tips

Leather furniture adds an elegant touch to home decoration and requires special attention in cleaning and maintenance. The porous leather material needs proper conditioners for cleanup as simple wet cloth cleaning is not enough and harsh chemicals like ammonia and bleach can fade out the color and damage the material.

The leather furniture cleaning tips are necessary to learn if one wishes to have this furniture at home. The following tips have to be followed:

The first step to clean leather furniture is to remove all the dirt in the crevices and sides of the leather by using vacuum cleaner with a soft brush. The dirt is abrasive and should be removed before cleaning with liquid solution. 

Prepare the cleaning solution by mixing water and white vinegar in equal parts or a commercial cleaner in water. Use a soft cloth and make it damp to clean the furniture. Dry up the furniture with a clean towel.

The leather requires conditioning after cleanup with a cleaning solution; a homemade conditioner can be used. Mix one part of white vinegar with two parts of linseed or olive oil and apply in circular motions on the furniture leaving it overnight.

· Clean the furniture with a cloth next day to give final shining look to the furniture.

· Stains removal from leather furniture:

  • Mold and mildew often grow up on the leather furniture when placed in the moist conditions. An equal amount of water and alcohol can be used as a cleaning solution for this purpose.
  • The permanent stains of ink can be removed by rubbing alcohol or spraying with an aerosol solution.
  • The greasy stains of oil can be removed by sprinkling baking soda on the stains which will absorb the oil and clean it off after few hours. 

� The leather furniture often gets dirty with dark colored stains that can be removed by making a paste of lemon juice and tartar and applying on stains for ten minutes. Wipe with a damp cloth and dry the furniture.

· The furniture should be dried properly after cleaning with solutions and conditioners as moisture would result in mold growth.