It can be a real challenge to clean leather furniture. Your leather couch is an investment that must be properly maintained and routine maintenance is absolutely essential for preserving its appearance and condition. Even lower levels of wear and tear can have a substantial negative impact on the lifespan of your leather furniture.
You need to remember that leather is a material that is always evolving. You can opt to let it improve over time or degrade through neglect, but make no mistake about it, the leather will start to change in its looks and the integrity of the material. Much like your own skin, you wash and condition your face and body so that it always looks and feels its best.
But when it comes to leather couch cleaning you need to be careful about what you use to ensure that your furniture remains in the best of shape. You should take the following steps for cleaning and conditioning so you don’t need to take more expansive (and expensive) actions for restoring the luster of your old, worn out leather.
Leather material that has visible stains or surface spills need only to be cleaned with some soap and water. Moisten a clean, dry cloth with your soapy water and wipe at the stain or spill that currently exists on the leather.
For more stubborn stains that won’t lift with mere soap and water, some rubbing alcohol is a stronger alternative. Apply the alcohol directly to the stain and then wipe away. Be sparing and cautious, you don’t want the alcohol to spread out to any larger area than is necessary.
You don’t want any moisture to remain on the leather. So, when you have finished cleaning the affected areas of your couch, get a second dry, clean cloth and wipe down all of the moistened portions of the leather. When you’re done, allow for the dampness to dry overnight. Be sure there is plenty of air flow allowed to get to the moisture.
Leather Cream Application
Moisturize, not moisture. Keep that mantra in mind as you work towards cleaning your couch. When the couch is fully dried, you want to introduce a good leather cream to the material. Using a cloth, apply evenly and fully to the leather. Allow the material to absorb the cream completely, buff it for a shining finish if you prefer.
If you’re still not satisfied with the way your couch looks, you might want to consider having a leather care expert work on the material. Just be sure you’re working with someone who has done plenty of jobs cleaning leather. Cleaners aren’t always the best alternative, even if they claim they know how to clean suede or leather.
Only select a leather care professional to do the job on your beloved couch. This is a very finicky material that can be easily damaged by someone who doesn’t know what they are doing. You want to avoid that from happening and you must be careful to do so.