How to Clean a Leather Couch

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Leather couches might add comfort and style to your living space, but maintaining their beauty requires regular care and attention. 

Whether your leather sofa is a new addition to your living space or a cherished piece you've had for years, knowing how to clean it properly is key to keeping it looking its best. 

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to care for your leather couch, from daily maintenance to tackling tough stains, so your leather furniture can remain a focal point in your home for years to come.

And if you need the help of a professional leather and upholstery cleaning service, COIT is just a click away

Introduction to Leather Couch Care

Leather couches are a popular choice for homeowners because they aren’t just aesthetic—they’re also super durable. However, like all fine materials, leather needs regular cleaning and maintenance to preserve its quality and appearance. 

Different types of leather—from full-grain to bonded leather—have unique care requirements, making it essential to understand the specific needs of your furniture.

Daily and Weekly Leather Care Routines

Consistent care is the key to keeping your leather in good condition. For daily maintenance, a quick wipe with a soft, dry cloth can remove dust, pet hair, and prevent buildup. 

Weekly, consider using a slightly damp cloth to tackle any accumulated dirt, being careful not to soak the leather. Always avoid harsh chemicals and products containing waxes or silicone, which can damage leather over time.

DIY Leather Cleaning Solutions

If you prefer natural or homemade cleaning solutions, a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar can be effective for general cleaning of leather couches. 

Apply the solution lightly with a soft cloth and follow up with a dry cloth to remove any moisture. For a natural conditioning mix, blend one part vinegar with two parts linseed oil, apply it to the leather, and buff after 10 minutes for a refreshed look.

Treating Stains and Spills

Whether from pets, food, or children, accidents will happen, but if you act quickly, you can prevent lasting damage to your couch. 

For spills, immediately blot (don't rub) the liquid with a clean, dry cloth. For stubborn stains, a paste made from equal parts lemon juice and cream of tartar can be applied for 10 minutes before wiping off. 

Always test any cleaning method on a small, inconspicuous area first so as not to damage the leather. 

Using Leather Conditioners

Unlike other couches, like microfiber, conditioning your leather couch is crucial for keeping the material soft and preventing any cracks. After cleaning, apply a quality leather conditioner with a soft cloth using circular motions. 

Do this every 6-12 months, or more frequently for high-use furniture, to maintain the leather's suppleness.

Professional Leather Couch Cleaning

While many cleaning tasks can be handled at home, there are times when professional help is needed, especially for deep stains or restoring faded leather. 

Professional leather cleaning services like COIT have the tools and expertise to rejuvenate your couch without risking damage.

Contact COIT for a professional cleaning!

You Asked, Experts Answered

What household products can you use to clean leather?

Mild household products like white vinegar mixed with water can be used for cleaning, while natural oils like linseed can condition leather.

Can I use Dawn dish soap on a leather couch?

Yes, but sparingly. A few drops of Dawn dish soap in water can create a gentle cleaning solution. Always rinse with a damp cloth and dry thoroughly afterwards.

What products should I avoid when cleaning leather?

Avoid using harsh chemicals, products with waxes or silicone, and excessive water. These products can damage leather's finish and texture.

What is the best cleaner for old leather?

For old leather, a gentle, pH-balanced leather cleaner is best, followed by a conditioner to restore moisture and flexibility.

What is the best homemade leather cleaner?

A simple homemade leather cleaner can be made from equal parts water and white vinegar, which cleans without damaging the leather.

Key Takeaways 

Caring for a leather couch means more than just dealing with spills and stains—it also involves regular maintenance and knowing what products to use and avoid. 

With the right approach, you can keep your leather furniture looking pristine and inviting. And when in doubt, professional cleaning services like COIT are just a call away, ready to restore your leather couch to its former glory. 

Contact COIT for a professional cleaning!

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