How to clean a white leather couch

Written by sharon sweeny
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Leather furniture is both luxurious and practical. But what do you do when you need to clean your white leather couch? How do you remove a stain and make it look like new?

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Things you need

  • Ivory soap (for general cleaning) or
  • Dove Moisturizing Milk Body Wash (for general cleaning)
  • Non-acetone nail polish remover (for stains) or
  • Oxy Clean (for stains)
  • Soft cleaning cloths such as old T-shirts, cloth diapers or towels

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  1. 1

    Test a small amount of cleaning product in an inconspicuous place on your white leather couch to check for possible discolouration or damage to the leather.

  2. 2

    Apply either Ivory Soap or Dove Milk Body Wash to a clean, damp, soft cloth. Rub the couch using a circular motion and gentle pressure. Work only on a small area of the couch at a time. As the cleaning cloth becomes soiled, rinse the cloth and reapply soap or body wash.

  3. 3

    As you finish Step 2 for each small area, wipe that area with a clean, damp cloth.

  4. 4

    After finishing Step 3 for each small area, buff with a clean, dry cloth.

  5. 5

    Repeat Steps 2, 3, and 4 for the entire couch.

  6. 6

    To remove stubborn stains use one of the following methods: 1) Apply non-acetate nail polish remover to a soft cloth and rub stained area using gentle pressure; or 2) Make a paste of Oxy Clean and apply it with a clean soft cloth using a circular motion and gentle pressure.

  7. 7

    Wipe stain remover residue from the couch with a clean, damp, soft cloth.

  8. 8

    Buff with a clean, dry cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • Clean the entire couch to avoid demarcation between cleaned and non-cleaned areas.
  • Before doing the entire piece of furniture, test your chosen cleaning agent in an inconspicuous place to avoid permanently damaging or staining your white leather couch.

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