Wear and tear is inevitable, but if you care for the furniture properly, it will only improve with age. Real leather is durable, but it will get softer the more you sit in it. It’s a natural, breathable material that will change over time, but it needs extra care to look its best.
Leather furniture needs a monthly dusting with a dry cloth and an application of a leather cream to keep it soft.
Spills and stains won’t be confined to a schedule, though. To fight those, we’ve compiled the best ways to clean leather furniture.
Gather Your Supplies
Obviously, you don’t want to let the stain set. Clean up the bulk of the mess with a rag, and then gather your stain-fighting materials.
These are the weapons of the stain-fighter: you’ll need saddle soap, water, leather cream, a soft cloth, rubbing alcohol, and cotton swabs.
Any kind of dish towel or washcloth will do, and normal dish soap is fine if you don’t have saddle soap.
For small, mild stains such as spilled milk or food grease, the best way to clean leather furniture is with the basics: soap and water. Dip a clean washcloth into warm soapy water and use it to wipe away the stain.
Don’t skimp on the soap, and use some elbow grease to get out the stain if necessary. Clean and reapply as necessary until the stain is gone.
For heavier stains such as ink, get out the alcohol and cotton swabs. Dip the swab into the alcohol and apply it directly to the spot. It will dissolve the stain, but it can also spread it, so be careful. Don’t spread the stain, and keep your area small.
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Dry the Leather
If the spot doesn’t fully dry, mildew can grow and funk up the whole house. Use another clean, dry towel to dry the spot. If the towel isn’t working, then get out the hair dryer.
Don’t get too close to the leather, or you could scorch it. Leave it overnight, and don’t sit on it so that it can dry completely.
Apply Leather Cream
Once you’re satisfied with the dryness of the now-clean spot, apply leather cream—the leather needs to remoisturize now. The water, soap, and alcohol have successfully cleaned the spot, but now it’s like dry skin. Put leather cream on a clean rag and rub it into the leather.
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