How to polish a leather sofa

Updated February 21, 2017

Leather sofas not only look chic and sophisticated in any room, but they also last a long time. However, to keep your sofa looking new---even after you've had it for years---you need to clean and polish it. Although there are several kinds of leather sofa cleaner and leather sofa polish, they can be a bit expensive. Instead, use a few inexpensive ingredients (some you might already have at home) to not only clean your leather, but also bring it to a brilliant shine.

Place a bar of high-quality soap into a clean dish towel. Under a light stream of lukewarm water, rub the soap bar in the dish towel to bring it to a lather. Wring the excess water out of the towel.

Wipe down the entire couch using the soapy towel. This will not only remove dirt, oils and hair, but it will also nourish and condition the sofa.

Dab the soap up from the couch using a clean, dry cloth. Using a wet cloth to rinse off the soap can harm the couch.

Spray furniture polish over the couch. Furniture polish---the kind that you dust your end tables with---is great for conditioning and polishing leather furniture of any kind.

Buff the polish in to bring the sofa to a shine and leave it smelling fresh.

Things You'll Need

  • High-quality soap
  • Clean dish towel
  • Dry cloth
  • Furniture polish
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Andrea Griffith has been writing professionally since 2005. Her work has been published by the "Western Herald," Detroit WDIV, USAToday and other print, broadcast and online publications. Although she writes about a wide range of topics, her areas of expertise include fashion, beauty, technology and education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and English from Western Michigan University.