Leather is a versatile material, that goes into the production of furniture, clothes and decorations. Many people think of leather as being difficult to clean and maintain. They toss it out when it gets stained or just cover it up. There is much variety on the cleaning market for leather cleaners, conditioners and stain removers, not to mention professional leather cleaners and repairmen. There is no reason to discard your leather, no matter how filthy or marred it gets. There are solutions you can make at home to clean your leather goods, including couches and other furniture.
Cleaning Your Leather
Leather should be cleaned at least every three months. While it's easier to have a professional perform the service, it also can be costly. To maintain your leather in between cleanings make sure that it gets dusted with the cracks and crevices vacuumed as well. You should always avoid putting leather furniture in a place where it receives direct sunlight often. This will age the leather and fade its colour.
If you read the ingredients on store-bought leather cleaners, you'll notice that many of them are ingredients that can be purchased separately, and the cleaning product can be reproduced by you. The market for leather-care products is largely separated into cleaners and conditioners. If you make your own solution, it can do both jobs at once.
For complete conditioning and cleaning try 1 part vinegar to 2 parts food-grade linseed oil (also known as flax seed oil). Use a clean, lint-free cloth to rub it on. Leave overnight, and then buff to a high shine.
If your leather has any mould or mildew on it you can try this solution. Combine 1 part water and 1 part rubbing alcohol. Spray it on, or use a damp cloth to rub it on. Allow it to air dry; you can put an indoor fan on the area to dry it faster. Avoid direct sunlight.
Removing stains from leather is tricky. Depending on the stain, it could need professional attention. But here are a couple of tips for you to try at home. Toothpaste lightly rubbed directly on the stain works sometimes. A non-acetone nail polish remover can get rid of ink stains. And an aerosol hairspray also can work to remove stains. Spray directly on, and wipe away. It's OK to spray more than once to remove the stain fully.