Leather has always been a popular choice for furniture upholstery. It is available in many colors and styles, making top-grain leather perfect for any sofa, sectional, loveseat, recliner, or chair. When it comes to look and feel, quality leather is always a winner. If you have leather furniture at home, make sure that you care for it properly so that the leather will stay soft and beautiful for many years.
Leather Furniture Care & Cleaning
- To dust your leather sofa or furniture, simply use a clean, dry cloth to wipe away dust and/or pet dander. A standard microfiber cloth is a good tool for this.
- For a deep cleaning, remove the cushions and pillows and use the hose attachment on your vacuum to clean any fabric areas of the sofa and in between crevices.
- Avoid using cleaning solutions and products on your leather furniture. The chemicals may remove the protective oils of the leather, making it dry and likely to crack. For small spills, simply wet a microfiber cloth with distilled water and slowly wipe away any liquid. Use a gentle buffing motion to remove slight discolorations or stickiness.
- For oil stains (such as grease from spilled chips), simply rub the spot with a cloth until oil is spread out evenly. Over time the oil will absorb into the natural oils of the leather and blend in completely.
- Heat and sunlight are not friends to leather furniture! If exposed to direct sunlight or a heating vent for too long, your leather sofa or living room furniture will begin to dry out. This will cause discoloration and cracking/flaking. Be sure to use curtains or place the leather away from windows and heating vents.
- For stubborn stains, dissolve a little bit of ph balanced, non-detergent soap in distilled water. Soak a microfiber cloth in the solution and gently wipe the area of the piece until the stain begins to fade. Do not rub vigorously, instead wipe in a steady motion to gently remove the stain.
- Leather conditioner can be applied ever 6-12 months to keep the leather soft and supple. Some sources say to avoid conditioners that include silicones or wax, which may make the leather sticky.
- For large ink stains, we recommend hiring a professional leather cleaner. DO NOT use alcohol and blow dryers on your leather furniture, as this will often lead to discoloration and cracking.
Whether you are working with a small leather ottoman or a large leather sectional, the rules are the same. Use gentle cleaning methods and keep your furniture safe from the elements. Thankfully, leather is resistant to most mild stains and is a low-maintenance option for home furnishings. In addition to the living room, you may consider leather upholstered chairs in the dining room!