Having a fine leather sofa is always a blessing. People love looking at it and sitting on it. Most people aspire to decorate their living rooms, dens, and offices with this type of sofa, the more authentic the leather, the better. Nevertheless, synthetic or not, a leather sofa can exude a mix of modern with classic. The only problem is cleaning the darn thing whenever dust, dirt, and spills occur. Well, if you want the leather to last longer, then you will need to know how to properly clean a leather sofa. The process consists of a number of different cleaning methods compared to other common fabric upholsteries and surfaces. Here are some tips on how to clean your leather sofa.
- Wipe the sofa. Start off the process by wiping down the leather. By this time, it should be full of dust, dirt, and varying types of human oil. The best recourse to make this favorite sitting furniture of yours clean once again is by simply getting a nice clean cotton cloth and start wiping it down. You may use a damp cloth or rag however; this would be dependent on the type of leather you are cleaning. Furthermore, make sure to never get the leather drenched as this will definitely ruin the finish. Once the wiping is done, the dust and dirt should already be on your cloth and your sofa is now one step cleaner than it was a few minutes ago.
- Use a commercial cleaner. Leather is special and unique and the cleaning agents that are normally used to clean most fabrics and surfaces can actually harm leather. On this note, if you really want to fully clean your leather sofa, stick to commercial leather cleaners. These can be found in a leather supply or furniture supply store. Home care stores and supermarkets may carry some brands as well. To apply the product, place a few drops on a clean rag and start wiping the sofa. Add more of the product to spread it around the sofa. Once the first coat has been applied, allow it to dry and apply a second coat if necessary. Once dry, apply a nice layer of leather conditioner to make the leather healthy and lubricated.
- Blot the hell out of a stain. Should a potentially staining spill find its way onto your sofa, then you will need to take care of this as soon as you can. Start by getting a few pieces of paper towels and blotting the residue out of the sofa. Do not wipe. You should only dab and lift, dab and lift, and dab and lift. The paper towel will absorb the liquid and will eventually remove most of it. Top the blotting off by sprinkling some baking soda on the particular area. This should absorb the remaining moisture. After a few minutes, get your vacuum cleaner and suck the powder off the leather. Consider repeating the process if the liquid remains.
These are the basics of leather sofa cleaning. Doing this regularly will ensure that your leather sofa will stand the test of time. On the other hand, should you really find yourself in a jam then consider bringing your sofa to a leather expert.