Leather furniture requires special attention. Maintaining the beautiful natural look of leather requires some specific cleaning methods.
The last thing you want to do is stain or scratch your leather furniture by using inappropriate cleaning products or techniques. In this article we look at the top cleaning tips to help keep your leather looking at its best.
Removing Dust and Dirt from Leather Furniture
To start with, use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to clean any dust or food particles that might have settled on the surface. To get into the creases and folds of the couch, use a feather duster.
Once you have vacuumed thoroughly the entire sofa wipe down the surface with a dry cloth. If you need to dampen the cloth to remove dirt, it is best to use distilled water. Avoid tap water as it can leave stains or cause alteration in the colour of the leather.
Cleaning Leather Surfaces
Many commercial cleaning products contain chemicals which can damage your leather furniture. That is why it is important to use natural products which will keep your leather sofa soft and extend its life.
Dip a soft cloth in a mixture of equal parts distilled water and white vinegar and wipe the sofa working from top to bottom using circular motions. Before you do this, test the mixture on a small part of the sofa which is hidden from sight.
Once you have wiped down the entire surface, wipe the sofa again using just distilled water. Then, take a dry cloth and scrub the sofa to absorb any excess liquid.
Liquid marks can be easily removed from the surface of the sofa, unlike ink and grease marks which are more difficult to erase.
To remove water-based spills use a clean cloth or kitchen roll. It is important to try to absorb the liquid as quickly as possible as this will prevent the liquid from soaking into the upholstery and damaging the surface.
Applying water to remove grease and ink stains can exacerbate the problem. However, if you sprinkle baking soda directly on the stain, let it sit for about 20 min to absorb the stain and vacuum it up, you will be able to prevent the bacteria from building up and will demolish nasty odors.
Baking soda is a great cleaning agent for removing odors and dissolving unsightly stains. Once you have removed the stains, apply a leather conditioner to keep the sofa supple and prevent it from drying out.
Maintaining Leather Furniture
Keeping the leather sofa healthy and new is not difficult. All you need to do is give your leather sofa a thorough clean three to four times a year. This will ensure that your furniture will last a lifetime and will enhance the look of the material.
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