How to clean leather lounge suites

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How to clean leather lounge suites
Clean and protect your leather lounge suite. (white leather furniture image by Leonid Nyshko from

Leather lounge suites are intended to be kept in a “lounge” area, a room in the house where a family will congregate and relax. Lounge suites consist of a sofa and one or more chairs and can be constructed from several different materials, including leather. Leather lounge suites can be quite expensive and may even cost several thousands of dollars. Cleaning a leather lounge suite will ensure that it retains its value for several years.

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Things you need

  • Vacuum with furniture attachment
  • Liquid dish soap
  • 2 quarts distilled water
  • 2 plastic buckets
  • Soft cloths
  • Leather conditioner

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  1. 1

    Remove any built-up dirt, debris and pet hair by using a vacuum with a furniture attachment. Avoid using the vacuum's hose directly, as this can cause scratches on the delicate leather.

  2. 2

    Mix together two or three drops of liquid dish soap with one quart distilled water in a plastic bucket.

  3. 3

    Soak a soft cloth in the mixture and wring it out until most of the liquid is removed.

  4. 4

    Test a small, out-of-the-way area with the mixture to ensure that it does not damage or discolour the leather.

  5. 5

    Clean the sofa, chair and any other leather pieces in the suite with the cloth, if there was no damage to the test area. Work in small sections to make the task less daunting.

  6. 6

    Pour one quart of distilled water into a separate bucket.

  7. 7

    Dip a soft cloth into the water and wring out most of the liquid.

  8. 8

    Wash the soap from all of the leather pieces with the wet cloth.

  9. 9

    Dry off the couches with a soft towel.

  10. 10

    Apply a large amount of the leather conditioner directly onto a soft cloth. If the conditioner was purchased in a kit, there may be a cloth included with the product.

  11. 11

    Rub each piece with the leather conditioner. Make the job less daunting by applying the conditioner to one section at a time.

  12. 12

    Allow the conditioner to dry for five to 10 minutes before using the piece.

  13. 13

    Rub the leather pieces with a dry cloth in a circular motion to restore the shine.

Tips and warnings

  • Contact a professional cleaning service that deals with leather care if the test area is damaged by the cleaning process.

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