Sofa Leather Cleaning

Leather is an expensive material used to create a variety of products including sofas. Over time, your leather sofa will likely become dirty, dingy and stained. Cleaning your leather sofa will keep it functional and looking new for years. Unfortunately, certain products--such as abrasive cleaners--can damage your leather sofa beyond repair. When cleaning your leather items, take care not to harm the leather material.

Wipe the leather sofa with a lint-free cloth to remove surface dirt. Secure the upholstery attachment to your vacuum. Use the upholstery attachment to remove dust, dirt and other debris that is trapped between the seats of the leather sofa. Perform this step weekly to keep you sofa looking its best.

Mix 1 part white vinegar with 2 parts neet foot oil. Alternatively, substitute food-grade linseed oil for the neet foot oil, or use an approved leather cleaning and conditioner.

Saturate a clean, lint-free cloth in the mixture and wring out the excess liquid so the cloth is damp, but not dripping wet.

Rub the leather sofa with the cloth in a circular motion. Begin at the top of the sofa and work your way downward.

Allow the mixture to dry on the leather sofa overnight. Buff the sofa with a clean, lint-free cloth. Repeat this process every few months or whenever your leather sofa needs a thorough cleaning.

Dampen a cotton swab with non-acetone nail polish remover. Rub ink stains with the cotton swab. Wipe the area with a damp, lint-free cloth and clean as you normally would.

Mix one part water with one part rubbing alcohol in a clean spray bottle. Spray the solution on mould or mildew that is growing on your leather sofa. Wipe the solution and fungus off the leather with a lint-free cloth.

Apply non-oil hairspray directly to tough stains. Allow the hairspray to sit on the leather sofa for several minutes but do not allow it to dry. Wipe the area clean with a damp cloth.

Things You'll Need

  • Lint-free cloths
  • Vacuum with upholstery attachment
  • White vinegar
  • Neet foot oil
  • Bucket
  • Cotton swab
  • Non-acetone nail polish remover
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Spray bottle
  • Non-oily hairspray
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Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.