Ink can become your worst enemy in terms of its relationship with leather. Naturally, we would hope to avoid permanent marker, pen or printed ink stains on the couch. Sometimes, however, it’s inevitable. There are definitely some tricks you can try before calling in professionals or giving up all hope!
If the stain is fresh, try wiping it up with a dry paper towel, being careful not to spread the ink. Then use mild soap and water to pick up the remaining marks. There are also leather-cleaning products specifically made to remove ink stains. Of course, follow the instructions on the bottle when applying it to the furniture and make sure to use some leather protector after to restore the finish. If neither of these methods works, there’s still one thing left to try: rub a little bit of rubbing alcohol on the spot. This is the least ideal method to use since you’ll need to apply direct heat (from a blow dryer) onto the rubbing alcohol to help it evaporate. Direct heat on leather can make it dry out and even crack, so let’s try to avoid this technique except in times of despair. Of course, there is one other approach; you can always give the experienced professionals at McArdles a call!
Grease and Oil
Similar to ink, grease and oil are no friends of leather. This is a shame, seeing as how eating fries, pizza and wings on a couch are a great American pastime. If you catch the stain quickly, you should only need an absorbent powder to do the trick. Before applying something like baking soda or talcum powder, use a cloth to absorb as much of the grease as possible. Then apply the powder and let it sit overnight. The powder should ultimately help lift the grease from the leather. In the morning, simply brush off the powder.
If the stain is a little bit more gnarly, there are leather degreasers that use chemicals to get rid of the grease mark. These products should be applied according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Mold and Mildew
If you notice that your couch smells mildew-y, you could have mold spores growing somewhere on your furniture. For anyone who has allergies, this can become a nightmare if not properly, and quickly, handled. Whenever removing mold and mildew from something, it’s best to do it outside where the spores can’t spread to other parts of the house. Though it’s a pain to carry a leather couch outside, your allergies will thank you in the long run.
First, use a soft brush to scrub away any visible mold on the couch. Work from the top down, removing each couch cushion to individually rub it down. Once you’ve scrubbed it, follow with a vacuum to make sure any remaining particles are removed from cracks in the couch. Make sure to clean the brush and vacuum thoroughly after collecting the mold from your couch. Once clean, let it sit in the sun for a bit. Since mold and mildew grow in damp, dark environments, the sun should help dry out your couch, thus killing any remaining spores that might be deeper beneath the surface.
After this point, the couch is okay to bring back inside. However, if you want to make sure the spores are completely killed, mix a solution of equal parts white-wine vinegar and water. Apply using a soft cloth and allow to dry in the sun.
Ah, the infamous red wine — so nice to have at the end of the day, yet oh so dangerous to drink while sitting or standing on any absorbent surface. Will today be the day the glass spills? Will the dog’s tail knock over the wine? It’s tough to say. But what we can say is that if a spill occurs on your leather, it’s pretty easy to clean it up.
As with any stain, red wine stains have the best chance of fully disappearing if they are attended to immediately. First, grab a paper towel and blot up as much of the wine as you can. Then, mix a frothy solution of mild soap and warm water. You want to have enough soap so that foam forms on top of the solution (like a bubble bath!). We want that foam because it is what you’ll be applying to the leather. With a sponge, apply the foam to the stain. Once the stain goes away, clean the area with a damp cloth and wipe it dry. And as usual, make sure to condition the area with a leather cleaner once the spot is fully dry.
If that doesn’t work, there is a more… unusual way to try to get rid of that stain. You’ll need a sock (we know you have a loner sock somewhere in your closet!). Fill the sock with a good amount of salt and knot it at the top so the salt doesn’t fall out (you know, because it’s bad luck to spill salt). Place the salt sock over the stain and apply pressure with your hand. With this, we want the salt to absorb as much of the red wine as possible from the leather. Once the stain starts to disappear, use a cloth dampened with warm water to blot the area until it’s fully gone. Be careful — make sure you’re blotting the area since rubbing leather can damage the material. Finally, use a clean towel to gently dry the area, letting it air dry until fully dry to the touch.
Finally, we all love cuddling with our pets on the couch. However, if you have a puppy, or maybe an older animal that has trouble controlling itself, there’s always the risk of urination on your furniture. In the case of couches, this would most likely occur on a couch cushion.
Similar to a wine spill, first blot the area with paper towels, being careful not to spread the liquid to other areas of the cushion and couch. Then, remove the stuffing if there is a zipper on your cushion. You’ll want to clean the cushion stuffing, at some point, as well, but removing it will prevent any liquid from soaking through the leather onto your actual cushion. To clean it, use an enzymatic cleaner and wash in the sink by hand. Let it air dry outside, if possible.
Using a urine stain cleaner, test it on a hidden area of the couch. Sometimes, the chemicals in these cleaners will be too harsh — so you’d rather have the spot be hidden than visible! If there are no issues with your cleaner, spray some on a damp cloth and gently wipe over the entire area of the stain. Since you’re dampening the entire surface, you’ll lessen the chances of leaving a watermark stain over the specific spot you cleaned.
Once both parts of the cushion are clean and dry, reinsert the stuffing into the cushion cover. Finally, apply a leather conditioner.
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