Smart Tips for Cleaning Your Leather Sofa
Posted on Nov 8 2011 at 05:18:54 AM in How-To
Leather furniture is always stylish. It seems to add class to almost all rooms. However, high quality leather furniture such as sofas and armchairs come with their own set of headaches, when it comes to their maintenance. Leather easily wears out and is prone to staining, but because it damages with ease, you have to both figure out how to effectively remove stains and not damage it.
One of the surest ways to ensure that your leather sofa will prosper in your home is to treat it with the care and respect that it deserves. Don't eat on the sofa. Don't throw yourself on it and don't let your kids tackle on it, when you are sure that they may scratch with their toys. If you follow this way of thinking, your leather sofa will be spared from major disasters, but that doesn't mean that it shouldn't be cleaned on a regular basis. I've picked the following tips from various cleaners NW1 I have contracted over the years.
Vacuum your sofa on a regular basis thoroughly. Crumbs, dirt and lint find their way in the hardest to access spots and creases, so a surface vacuum simply won't do. For the task you will need to buy a narrow attachment for your vacuum cleaner's hose. I usually find that if you wipe the leather with an anti-static cloth, this will clear most of the dust and improve the overall condition of your sofa.
However, perspiration adds a thin layer of oil on the sofa, which may cause stains and is responsible for unpleasant odours. Wiping is not enough to handle this situation, which is why you need to take the cleaning one step further. Cleaners NW1 advise that you should not treat leather with any strong detergents or lots of water, because leather damages easily.
Therefore, a light lathered solution of moisturising soap suffices for most of the stains. Rub all the stained areas with a cloth dipped in the solution, but be vigilant so that not too much of the liquid is transferred on the fabric. When you're done with the stains, carefully dry the sofa with a towel and never leave a damp spot on the sofa as it will cause a new stain.