Leather furniture is often a purchase of extravagance. Maybe it’s your first grown-up purchase for the house, or perhaps it’s a practical purchase for longevity. Either way, leather furniture is undoubtedly a hefty investment that needs special care. Things like heat, water, animals and even having a favorite couch spot can take a toll on furniture in ways that could permanently damage the leather over time, if not properly cared for. But lucky for you, leather is not like other fabrics such as suede or cotton. By this, we mean it’s more durable when it comes to wear and tear. Plus, it doesn’t absorb odors! With a few pieces of advice, you’ll become a leather-cleaning superstar who won’t break a sweat over anything that gets thrown your way and be pH balanced for use on leather.

Cleaning a Leather Couch

When it comes to maintaining a clean leather couch, there is a specific approach you must take. In addition, the chemical makeup of the cleaner you use must exclude bleach and ammonia.

To start, use a soft brush vacuum attachment to get the dirt and dust out of those nooks and crannies. With this step, we’re trying to pick up any particles that could become abrasive once mixed with the liquid makeup of the cleaning solution you want to use. Then, you can either use leather cleaner or equal parts water and white vinegar to clean the couch. This should be applied with a soft cloth that is dampened by the cleaning solution, not soaked with it. Starting from the top, wipe the solution-filled cloth over the surface of the couch. Once clean, wipe any excess moisture off with a clean towel. While leather may seem water resistant, it can still absorb molecules, which will ultimately damage the material.

After cleaning the couch, you’ll want to condition it to bring back that leathery shine. To do so, mix one part of white vinegar with two parts of flaxseed oil. This should be applied, with a soft cloth in a circular motion. Leave on overnight then wipe off in the morning with a clean rag. Voila! Your couch is clean again. In order to ensure getting the most bang for your buck out of the couch, we suggest doing a deep clean like this once every few months, but at least twice a year.

In addition to cleaning your couch, make sure to apply a stain guard or protective cream formulated for leather upholstery. This will help protect the leather against any stains that might occur down the road and lessen their impact.

Leather Couch Cleaning Orange NSW & Bathurst NSW

Leather Couch Cleaning Orange NSW & Bathurst NSW

Cleaning a White Leather Couch

If maintaining a piece of leather furniture didn’t seem daunting, picture the idea of keeping a white leather couch clean. Stress-inducing, right? Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be. While all leather is prone to water, food and ink stains, white leather is at a higher risk since, well, it’s obviously more visible than it would be on brown leather.

In addition to the normal stains and odors, we want to avoid on furniture, white leather can yellow over time. When white leather yellows, it’s because the leather is going through the oxidation process. Environmental factors like weather, light, natural oils and temperature changes cause the fibers in the leather to break down, changing the color over time. This process also explains why a regular colored leather couch gets darker over the years, and why the straps of a Louis Vuitton bag change from light beige to dark brown. Though you won’t be able to fully prevent this process from occurring, there are definitely ways to slow down the process — mainly through properly cleaning your furniture.

Using a leather cleaner/preserver is one of the best ways to slow down oxidation. Fibers will break down at a slower rate if the leather is kept both clean and moisturized. Before applying any cleaner to leather, always make sure to check the manufacturing label in case there are specific cleaning instructions.

First, use a cloth to wipe down the couch and remove loose dust and dirt. If you’re using a brand of leather cleaner you’ve never used on your couch before, make sure to test the chemical on a sample area before applying it to a large portion of the furniture. Some cleaners have harsh chemicals that could harm your leather. Once you wipe down the couch with the cleaner, make sure to let it dry before letting anyone sit on it.

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