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How to clean sticky leather furniture

Updated February 21, 2017

Leather furniture gives a home a rich luxurious feel. It's easier to clean than fabric furniture and can last for years if properly maintained. Over time, cleaners, polishes and other substances can build up and leave a sticky residue on the furniture that can make it feel unclean. Cleaning leather furniture is a simple chore and soon your leather furniture can be relieved of stickiness and become a joy to sit upon again.

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  1. Use a soft bristle brush attachment on the vacuum cleaner and vacuum the furniture to remove any loose dirt and debris. Take the cushions out and vacuum underneath them as well.

  2. Mix 30 ml of dish soap with 1 litre of distilled water.

  3. Use a soft clean cloth that has been dipped in the solution and wrung out well to wipe down the furniture. Some light scrubbing may be required on the stickier areas.

  4. Use a separate cloth dipped in clear water and wrung out to "rinse" the furniture.

  5. Dry the furniture with a soft clean dry towel.

  6. Tip

    To restore the shine on leather furniture, spray WD-40 onto it and buff with a soft clean dry cloth.


    Regular tap water can be harmful to leather as it may contain chlorine and might damage the leather. Test an inconspicuous area of the leather before proceeding to clean it with this method.

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Things You'll Need

  • Distilled water
  • Dish soap
  • Soft clean cloth

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