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How To Clean Leather Furniture

When picking out your new sofa, there are many different styles and materials to choose from in either in-stock inventory or custom builds. One extremely popular material is leather. If you are concerned about maintaining the look and feel of your leather sofa, chairs, and other furniture, you may be surprised when we say this classic furniture material is actually very forgiving and low maintenance. We have laid out some easy tips on what you need and how to clean leather furniture.

What do I need to spot clean leather furniture?

  • Distilled water
  • Mild, non-detergent soap
  • Soft, white microfiber cloths
  • Leather cleaner

How do you spot clean leather furniture?

The first thing you need to understand before cleaning your leather furniture is, what type of leather your furniture is made of. This can typically be found on the product tag or the experts at The Warehouse at Huck Finn can help you locate information from the manufacturer.

Knowing the type of leather you’re trying to clean will help dictate how and what cleaners are safe for your leather furniture. Semi-aniline and finished leather can usually handle tougher cleanings because of its top protective layer. Aniline leather is softer but more easily scuffed and requires a gentle cleaning.

To clean your leather furniture, take your microfiber cloth, dampen it with distilled water and dab the spot needing to be cleaned. Let it dry and if the stain remains, mix mild, non-detergent soap and warm water. Dip the microfiber cloth in the solution and dab the stain. Use another dry microfiber cloth to dab the spot picking up any excess moisture. Let it dry and the stain should be gone!

For oil-based stains on your leather furniture, do not use water. To start, dab the spot with a clean dry microfiber cloth and if needed sprinkle baking soda of the stain, leave it for a few hours and then wipe it off. For tougher stains, you will want to take your microfiber cloth and dab the spot to soak up any excess moisture. You can then take the leather cleaning solution and dab it on the spot with a clean microfiber cloth. We suggest using a cleaner free of ammonia or alkalies and the furniture experts at The Warehouse at Huck Finn can help you find the perfect leather cleaner for your leather furniture.

Leather is a natural material so after general cleaning, it is suggested to use a manufacturer recommended conditioner, 1-2 times a year. This will help to keep your leather furniture soft and beautiful. The Warehouse at Huck Finn’s design experts can help you choose the leather furniture for your home. Stop in today to see all the amazing possibilities. We can’t wait to get started!