How to Clean and Maintain Leather Sofa to Prolong its Life?


Date Posted:

December 17, 2015

Leather furniture is a beautiful and comfortable addition to any home. Leather upholstery is also practical and durable, because when it’s well cleaned and maintained this kind of furniture ages nobly and beautifully. Check the tips below to learn how to take proper care of your gorgeous leather sofa and extend its life.

Before Cleaning Leather Furniture

Leather is durable upholstery, but if you use the wrong product, or the wrong cleaning method the sofa can be damaged. Check your leather sofa’s label before you start. See if there are specific instructions for cleaning and maintenance. This will help you avoid damaging your leather upholstery.

Clean and Refresh Leather Sofa

Clean dust and restore the gloss of your leather upholstery with this easy DIY recipe.


  • Mild liquid hand soap
  • Distilled water (tap water contains chlorine, which can damage leather)
  • 4 Microfibre cloths
  • Leather conditioner

Vacuum the sofa thoroughly. Use the soft brush attachment, to avoid scratching the leather upholstery. Take a bowl of distilled water and add a few drops of mild soap. Stir well until you have suds. Dip clean microfibre cloth into the mixture and squeeze it well until it’s damp. Wipe the whole sofa surface. Dip another microfibre cloth in pure distilled water and wipe the sofa to remove the soapy solution. Wipe the leather sofa with new cloth to dry it. To finish buff the upholstery with a dry cloth, and apply leather conditioner to protect it.

Deal with Stains

Before trying to clean any stain of a leather sofa, always check your cleaning solution (no matter if it’s commercial or homemade) on a small hidden area to test if the leather stand it well. Ink stains can be removed with rubbing alcohol. Grease stains can be wiped off with dry soft cloth.

To treat dark stains such as soy sauce or coffee, soak as much of the liquid from the leather as possible. Mix equal parts lemon juice and cream of tartar and apply onto the spot. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then wipe with dry cloth and buff the sofa to restore its gloss. Apply leather-conditioning product.

Just like any other furniture your leather sofa needs professional treatment. Hire sofa leather cleaning specialists at least once a year to maintain your upholstery in better condition.