LEATHER sofas may seem like an attractive option as they're relatively easy to clean.
But what's the best way to get them back to their best? Here's all you need to know.
How to clean a leather sofa?
Ever finally sat back to relax on a sofa at the end of a long day only to realise you've spilled your drink?
Thankfully, on a leather sofa it's normally possible to wipe it clean, but to keep it sparkling like new you should give it a deep clean a couple of times a year.
If you've finally decided to tackle your throne, and are looking for a great cleaning hack, here are the steps you need to follow, according to furniture firm Furniture Choice.
- Rubber gloves
- A vacuum cleaner (though this is optional)
- At least two microfibre cloths
- White wine vinegar or gentle soap
Vacuum and wipe
First things first: wipe off grime and dirt from the surface of your sofa.
This is important as you don't want dirt to be rubbed into the material when you're wiping it with cleaning solution.
If you've got a vacuum cleaner, try using the soft brush fitting so that you don't scratch it and leave marks.
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If you don't have one, you can also just use a microfibre cloth.
Mix up a gentle cleaning solution
Where leather sofas are concerned, it's best to make sure the cleaning solution you use is as gentle as possible.
You may be able to prepare one using products you can find in your home.
Mild PH-balanced soaps are preferable for cleaning leather, you can use a bar of soap, or add a few drops to warm water to dilute it.
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If you don't have soap, you can also make a mixture of half and half white wine vinegar and water.
You can also try soaps made for use on leather, but beware these could harden or darken the surfaces.
Test it out
Once you've made your solution, test it on a small area of your sofa.
Add a small amount to a part that isn't highly visible and let it dry.
You can then check to see if it's looking the way you want, and that it hasn't caused discolouration.
Wipe with a microfibre cloth
After that, get your two microfibre cloths. Of these will be used to clean, the other to dry.
Using gloves, dunk one of them in the cleaning solution, then wring it out so that it's damp.
If you're using a bar of soap, make sure the cloth is damp then wipe the bar against it to transfer some soap onto it.
All you need to do then is work from the top to the bottom of the sofa, rubbing gently and ensuring you reach the corners, rinsing the cloth in the solution where neccessary.
Finally, use the other cloth to dry the sofa with a gentle buff.
Make sure the sofa is thoroughly dried, to avoid mould or mildew.
How to condition a leather sofa
If you want to keep your sofa looking its best, you might consider applying a leather conditioner.
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It's best to do this every six to 12 months, though it's important to always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
To condition your sofa:
- Using rubber gloves, apply a small amount to a microfibre cloth
- Work it gently into the leather
- Use another – dry – cloth to remove any excess and give it time to set (according to the product's instructions for use)
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