How to Clean Leather Settees

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How to Clean Leather Settees
Blot stains off leather settees; never smear them around. (

Leather settees require special care to clean, as the leather does not respond well to ordinary household cleaning products. Most products for cleaning carpets and fabric-upholstered furniture are too harsh for the fine, supple leather used on settees and sofas. The care of leather furniture is for most people a small inconvenience in exchange for the beauty and endurance of it. Take quick action when a spill occurs, then follow these effective cleaning techniques to save your settee from stains.

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Things you need

  • Warm water
  • Old towels
  • Salt
  • Old gym socks
  • Leather shampoo
  • Leather conditioner

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  1. 1

    Blot spills immediately when they occur on a leather settee. Use a damp towel to press gently into the leather and absorb the spill.

  2. 2

    Absorb stubborn spills by placing a 1/4 cup of salt in an old sock. Tie off one end of the sock and press it into the stain. The salt will help draw out the stain.

  3. 3

    Remove the leather cover if possible and gently rub a damp towel from underneath the stain.

  4. 4

    Apply leather shampoo and allow to foam before attempting to wipe away.

  5. 5

    Treat the settee with leather conditioner, which can act as a repellent against future spills.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't use any cleaning product containing oil, silicon, or wax. This includes furniture polish and car cleaners that will eventually damage and crack the leather.
  • Avoid using premoistened baby wipes to mop up spills on leather. Baby wipes contains chemicals designed to clean acidic urine. The alkaline ingredient in baby wipes will mar leather finishes.
  • Be careful not to smear grease stains. Using water on a grease stain only spreads it around. Instead, blot off as much as possible and use leather shampoo.

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