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Top tips for cleaning your leather sofa

If your much-loved leather sofa is in need of a clean or even a deep-clean then this easy home-cleaning guide is for you!

When cleaning stains, spills and dirt from your leather sofa there are a few important things that you need to do in order to protect your leather sofa from damage. This is particularly important because leather is a natural material and thus will not respond favourably to everyday cleaning products, water damage or abrasive materials. So before you clean your leather sofa, make sure you do your research, choose leather safe cleaning materials and if in doubt consult a leather cleaning professional.

Disclaimer: Rockett St George cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by the leather sofa cleaning process. Leather is a natural material and like with all-natural products discolouration and damage can occur. If at all unsure on how to clean your leather sofa, it is advisable to contact a leather cleaning professional. 

black leather chesterfield sofa with button back

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 What you'll need to clean your leather sofa

  • A duster
  • Vacuum
  • Microfibre cloth
  • Leather cleaning soap or white vinegar
  • Leather conditioner or cream
  • Clean towel

 How to clean your leather sofa

close-up of black leather chesterfield sofa

Product featured: Black Leather Chesterfield 3 Seater Sofa £2,750.00

1. Give it a quick dust down or hoover

Using a soft feather or cotton duster or the soft-fitting of the hoover give your sofa a good clear out. Sofas seem to attract loose change and crumbs and so it's important to regularly clean under your leather sofa cushions once a week to ensure the longevity of your sofa. We also recommend turning your leather sofa cushions weekly to prevent creasing and wrinkles.

2. Prepare your cleaning solution

Mix either a leather cleaning soap or white vinegar with equal parts of water in a bowl. Make sure the water is lukewarm and dip one end of the microfibre cloth into the solution. Ring the cloth out so that it's damp, not wet.

3. Test patch

It's always wise when using a new solution to test a small section of your sofa to ensure that it doesn't damage the leather. So, test a small bit of the solution on a small, out of sight section of the sofa. Leave it for 15 minutes or so and then check back to ensure that it doesn't stain the area or cause any darkening or discolouration.

4. Apply the solution to the sofa.

Once you are satisfied that the solution will not cause any darkening or discolouration to your sofa its time to apply the solution to your sofa.

We cannot stress this enough - when it comes to cleaning your leather sofa with soap less is more! Wet your microfibre cloth with a sparing amount of solution and wipe down your sofa from top to bottom. Reapplying the solution to the microfibre cloth and wringing it out when needed.

5. Towel dry

Once you've given your leather sofa a good wipe down its time to towel dry. Dry down your sofa with a clean towel from top to bottom. This will prevent watermarks and buff up your sofa so that it looks as good as new.

6. Polish it up

This is a purely optional step, but if you want to really give your leather sofa an extra shine and enhance the longevity and quality of your sofa then an occasional polish is a great final step. Be sure to check the sofas upholstery label to help you find the best leather conditioner for your sofa and test it on a small, out-of-sight section of your sofa before treating the whole thing.


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Disclaimer: Rockett St George cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by the leather sofa cleaning process. Leather is a natural material and like with all-natural products discolouration and damage can occur. If at all unsure on how to clean your leather sofa, it is advisable to contact a leather cleaning professional. 

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