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Cleaning Leather Furniture

There's nothing better than sinking into a comfy leather couch, but spilled drinks, leaky pens and messy pets can leave stains on your sofa. Here are a few tips on keeping your leather looking good.

Suck it up

Remove the couch cushions and use the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner to suck up any loose dirt. Dust off the cushions with a soft, clean cloth.

Leather furniture

Give it a good wash

Clean that cowskin just like your own skin - with a bit of soap and water. Mix a small amount of mild soap or dish detergent in a bucket of distilled water. Tap water contains chemicals and minerals that can damage leather.

Dip a clean cloth into the soapy mixture and wring it out as much as possible. Too much water can stain the leather.

Wipe the furniture all over with the soapy cloth, and then use a second cloth dipped in clean water to rinse off any suds left behind.

Once the leather is dry, apply a commercial leather conditioner to keep your sofa soft.

Removing grease stains from leather

Sprinkle some cornstarch onto a grease stain and rub it thoroughly. The friction from the rubbing will draw the grease out. Repeat as necessary, or call a professional for particularly stubborn stains.

Removing ink stains from leather

Hairspray or isopropyl alcohol and a soft, clean cloth should take care of any ink marks.

Apply a leather conditioner afterwards as the alcohol can dry out your couch.

Removing food and blood stains from leather

Mix equal parts lemon juice and cream of tartar to make a paste. Spread it on the stain and leave for 10 minutes before wiping off.

Removing water stains from leather

Stubborn water stains can be worked out with a soft cloth and a mixture of vinegar and linseed oil.

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