How to Clean Your Leather Furniture Using Items At Home July 11 2019

Many people love leather furniture despite the fact that it requires quite a bit of love and care to maintain its appearance. Cleaning products with harsh chemicals can damage or discolor the leather, and it can be stressful trying to find the right product for your furniture. Did you know, however, that there are items you can use to clean leather furniture that you most likely have in your home? Here are some household products to try the next time you clean your leather furniture.

1. Vinegar and olive oil. Gently dab the vinegar onto dirty areas of the furniture. After the area has dried, use a soft cloth containing a very small portion of olive oil to buff. You can also combine the two to make an all around leather cleaner. Add equal parts vinegar and olive oil in a bowl and whisk to blend. Using a paper towel or soft cloth, dip into the mix and rub over the area. Wipe the furniture down with a clean dry paper towel or cloth to remove any oil that is left behind.

2. Soap and water. It sounds old fashioned, but it may work! Mild hand soaps and dish soaps usually work great at cleaning leather furniture. Squirt a drop or two of soap into a bowl of warm water and mix. This will get rid of dirt and dust. Vacuum before cleaning, however, to remove any loose debris on the surface. Dip a soft cloth into the soapy water mix; wring out a majority of the water so the cloth is damp. Wipe down the leather and then wipe down again with a damp cloth that doesn’t have soap on it. Buff dry with a soft cloth immediately. For areas that are heavily soiled, apply one or two drops of soap onto a damp cloth and then rub over the stain. Wipe with a damp cloth and buff dry.

3. Rubbing alcohol. This is great at removing stains from leather furniture. Apply a very small amount onto a damp cloth and blot over areas that contain mildew stains. Apply to a cotton ball to dab away at ink stains, but don’t rub as this can cause the ink to spread. Note: Test the rubbing alcohol on a small portion of the leather first to make sure it is compatible with the leather’s finish.

4. Ice. For messes created by gum, candle wax, and other chewy substances, place several ice cubes into a sandwich bag and leave the bag on the area for a few minutes. Using your finger or a plastic spoon, pick away at the residue until it comes up. Reapply the bag of ice as many times as needed to get rid of the residue.