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How Do I Clean My Brown Leather Sofa?

Updated February 21, 2017

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

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

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

  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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Mel Frank is a professional freelance writer with over 15 years of writing experience. She has completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites. Frank received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a prestigious university in Pennsylvania.

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