You’ve purchased the beautiful leather suite of your dreams and brought it home, but now you realize you have a problem: messy kids, pets and husbands that threaten to ruin your new piece of furniture. Luckily, care for leather is relatively easy. Before you use any cleaning products, make sure you are aware of how your leather was treated. Most furniture is finished, though some are unfinished, which is must be treated very differently than finished furniture. The following guide is for finished leather.
- Dirt and Grime
Dirt and grime will appear on any furniture you purchase and it’s no different with leather. To clean this, all you need is a mild soap and a barely damp, soft rag. Rub the leather gently with the soapy rag, then wipe the affected area dry with a clean cloth. Once the area is dry, you can use a deep conditioning formula to ensure the softness of your leather.
- Ink Stains
Seeing an ink stain on your leather suite may put you into a panic, but there is no need to worry. Ink stains, for the most part, can be removed by spraying the stain with hairspray, then wiping the spray with a clean rag. These are probably the toughest stain, and if they aren’t caught quickly, you may need professional help removing them.
- Grease Stains
If you notice a grease stain on your leather, first try blotting the grease with a mild soap. If this doesn’t work, you can try sifting talcum powder or corn starch over the stain. Make sure you do not rub these into the leather, but rather let it sit on top for a period of about four hours. After this time, simply wipe the powder from the now grease free leather.
- Pet Smells
Because leather is so absorbent, it may start smelling of pet urine. This can be taken care of just by gently washing the area with a mild soap and damp cloth. Once you wipe the area with the damp cloth, let the area dry naturally to keep water spots from appearing.
- Water Spots
Water spots are probably the most prevalent stain on leather many times due to poor cleaning methods. If you notice that your cloth is too wet and you are leaving excess water on your leather when you clean it or if you spill water onto it, gently blot up as much as possible with a damp cloth. Let the rest of the water dry naturally. Once the leather is dry, apply a conditioner to the affected area.
Owning leather furniture that stays looking clean is not nearly as terrifying as it may seem at first. All it takes is being aware of any potential stains and being sure not to use any harsh cleaning products. Simple soap and water are the best medicine for your dirty leather suite.