Furniture is manufactured from several different types of leather. The most expensive type is known as vegetable-tanned leather, which is pliable and very stretchy. Furniture may also be constructed of chrome-tanned leather and oil-tanned leather, both of which are less expensive and less pliable than vegetable-tanned leather. Rawhide is another option as well as buckskin leather which is very soft and water friendly. Each type of leather must be properly cleaned and maintained to keep it looking its best. A dark coloured leather sofa is easier to keep clean then a lighter sofa, especially if the sofa is white or cream coloured.
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Things you need
- Baby wipes
- Damp clothes
- Moisturising liquid bath soap
- Lemon juice
- Cream of tartar
Train your pets to stay off the furniture. Leather sofas of any colour, let alone cream, do not mix well with pets. Not only can the oils in your pets' coats stain and discolour the light coloured leather, but their nails can also puncture the sofa cushions.
Check your clothes before you sit. If you sit down on your cream coloured leather couch and your clothes are dirty, your couch will end up dirty too. It is also important to check that you have no sharp objects in your pockets such as car keys that can tear the leather.
Use a baby wipe to clean up spills, immediately. It is important to clean up all mishaps before they have an opportunity to set. The cleaning agents in baby wipes are gentle enough that they will not harm the leather. Keep them on hand so you have them in a pinch. You may even consider sliding a travel pack under the sofa, so they are there when you need them.
Clean larger stains on a cream coloured leather sofa with a damp, soft cloth and a small amount of moisturising, bubble bath. Wet a soft cloth with water, and wring out the excess. Add a few squirts of the bubble bath to the cloth, and rub it into the stained area. Use a second damp cloth to remove the soap residue after the stain is removed. Dry and polish the area with a dry towel.
Remove stains on a cream coloured leather sofa with lemon juice. Mix a paste of one part lemon juice and one part cream of tartar, and apply it to the cream coloured leather with a damp cloth. Use a generous portion of the paste, and rub it in well. Allow the paste to sit for approximately 10 minutes and remove with a damp cloth. Dry the area with a dry towel.
Tips and warnings
- Furniture stores, auto centres and even some convenience stores and pharmacies sell leather wipes that you can use for quick cleanups, but they are a bit pricier than ordinary baby wipes.
- Use commercial leather cleaners to keep a cream coloured leather sofa clean; however, some have the tendency to darken the colour of the leather. Test the cleaner on an inconspicuous area before cleaning your entire sofa.
- Use a cup of isopropyl alcohol diluted in a cup of water to remove mildew stains on leather.
- It is also a good idea to check your pockets for pens before you sit down. Leaky pens will not only stain the cream coloured leather, they can also poke holes in the sofa cushions.
- Never saturate your cream coloured leather sofa with water during cleaning. Excess water can stain the leather and cause it to dry out.
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