Guide To Leather Sofa Cleaning

Easy Steps To Keep Your Couch Spotless

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Leather looks younger and shiny when given proper care and maintenance. Moreover, leather sofas are stylish, durable and above all, they are pretty easy to clean. For regular weekly clean, a quick simple wipe with a damp cloth or a vacuum cleaner is enough. 

However, it can be worrying when you have to deal with stains on your favorite leather sofa. But that should not keep you from giving your home the decent look it deserves. This article focuses on guiding you on how to clean your leather sofa and keep it shiny and gorgeous.

How to Clean Your Sofa

Regular weekly cleaning does not need a lot of effort. With your preferred leather conditioner, a washcloth and a bit of dish soap, you can keep your sofa glowing. Unless you have an unprotected leather sofa, cleaning shouldn’t be a big deal. You should be able to do it without a professional cleaner. 

Below are the three steps for the DIY leather sofa cleaning process.

1. Wipe your Sofa Carefully

While you can wipe down your sofa with commercial leather wipes, a clean towel and warm soapy water also serve the purpose. Add a little dish soap to warm water and wipe every part of your sofa; from the back, sides, cushions and armrests.

2. Dry All Areas Thoroughly

After wiping clean all surfaces, dry the surface with a dry washcloth or microfiber towel. Drying ensures that there is no water remaining and your sofa is ready for conditioning.

3. Condition Your Leather

Conditioning your leather serves the same purpose as the lotion on your skin. To get the best results, get a conditioner that meets the manufacturer’s recommendations. Apply the conditioner on all surfaces and watch your sofa turn your home into a beautiful place.

In case your sofa has a warranty, it’s important to be careful with the conditioner you use. Certain leather conditioners can compromise the durability of your sofa and void the warranty. Be keen to check the manufacturer’s menu before embarking on any conditioning process.

With that eased out, let’s get down to how you can remove various types of stains from your leather sofa.

How To Clean Regular Stains

Stains are among the worst enemies of your leather sofa. They can make your premium seat look cheap and ugly. To ensure that doesn’t happen, do the following to get rid of all regular stains.

Start with a little bit of dish soap

Apply soapy water on the stains from spilt cream, coffee or ice. 

Simply add a few drops of dish soap to warm water and apply using a damp cloth.

Scrub in circles

Scrubbing in circles is a rule in most stain removal procedures. 

While most people scrub back and forth on stained areas, this is most likely going to cause tear and wear. 

Wash in small circles and avoid too much water. 

Dry the area with a clean cloth and condition it after successful cleaning of the stain.

Stain Removal

How to clean grease stains

How do you know that you are dealing with a grease stain on your sofa? When a stain refuses to come off after wiping it with soapy water, or if its touch feels slimy. Do the following in case of such an encounter.

Sprinkle Baking Soda

Apply a pinch of baking soda on the area and allow it to sit there until all the grease has been absorbed.  You can also try dissolving it in water. An alkali such as baking soda can interact with acids from stains and help remove them.

Wipe away the stain

Wipe the area with a clean dry cloth. Then wipe again with a damp soapy cloth to get rid of any baking soda left and condition the area when it is completely dry.

How to remove ink stains

Ink stains can be disturbing at first, but you can remove them with these handy cleaning materials;

Use rubbing alcohol

Apply rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and dab the stains gently.

Avoid rubbing the stain as it will spread the ink on the affected area. 

Dabbing ensures that the ink is absorbed by the alcohol-infused cotton ball.

Dry gently

Once the ink stain is removed, dry it gently with a dry washcloth. Repeat the procedure if the stain is still visible after parching.

How to remove gum or wax

Gum or wax should not be a cause of panic if they get stuck on your leather couch. The secret to getting rid of them is by hardening them instead of rubbing or blotting it out. Follow the steps below for a successful removal;

  • Cool down the affected part. Place some ice cubes on the area and allow the gum or wax to harden as much as possible.
  • Carefully scrape it away. After the debris is hardened enough, it becomes easy to scrape away with a spoon or with your fingernails. Avoid using any sharp tool as it can scratch or tear your leather.

Wiping and Scrubbing of Couch


Is it necessary to clean a leather sofa?

Like any other furniture fabric around your home, a leather sofa also needs cleaning. You should also apply a leather cream on a monthly basis to keep the leather moisturized and soft.

Why does my leather sofa look cloudy?

Leather fabrics look different depending on their process of manufacturing. Some leather fabrics are made to look cloudy while others look distressed. The appearance of your leather sofa wholly relies on factory standards.

How best can I ensure the durability of my leather sofa?

To ensure that your leather sofa lasts long, keep it away from direct sunlight and from sources of heat. Exposing your leather couch to these conditions can make it dry and make it crack.

How do I know that my leather sofa needs cleaning?

Clean your leather if there are noticeable signs of tear. If the leather doesn’t look as beautiful as it looked when you first bought it. 

 Is leather cleaning for professionals?

Though you can successfully clean your leather sofa, it’s sometimes advisable to get a professional cleaner. Especially when dealing with unprotected leather fabrics. A professional cleaner is necessary when you want to offer the best care to your sofa. Also, professional cleaners undergo intensive training and offer top-notch maintenance.

How do I differentiate protected leather from unprotected leather?

You can test your leather by scratching it gently with your fingernails. If it leaves a mark, you are handling an unprotected leather material. If no mark remains, then you are dealing with protected leather material.


With the increased production of protected leather sofas, home cleaning is easier. You no longer need an expert to help you unless you are dealing with an unprotected leather sofa. If you follow the guides above, your home will have the best glamour you desire.