How Do I Clean My Brown Leather Sofa?

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How Do I Clean My Brown Leather Sofa?
Clean your brown leather sofa with vinegar. (brown leather furniture image by Leonid Nyshko from

Brown leather sofas are found in the living and family rooms of many homes. This seating choice provides not only an attractive furniture piece, but also a durable, strong surface that will be sure to last for many years when properly cared for. Just as with any other furniture covering, the brown leather needs to be cleaned regularly and properly preserve it and to remove all of the loose dirt and build-up that collects on the sofa upholstery.

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Things you need

  • Dust cloth
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Bowl
  • Vinegar
  • Linseed oil
  • Cleaning rags

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  1. 1

    Remove dust from the leather with a dust cloth. When you need something stronger to remove dust and crumbs, vacuum the sofa and cushions.

  2. 2

    Mix 1 part white vinegar and 2 parts linseed oil in a large bowl.

  3. 3

    Dip a cleaning rag in the mixture to absorb and saturate the rag slightly and rub a thin coat onto the leather.

  4. 4

    Leave the sofa overnight so the vinegar and linseed oil can penetrate the leather.

  5. 5

    Buff the excess cleaning residue off the leather the following morning, using a fresh cleaning rag and rubbing in small, circular movements.

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