Leather sofas and armchairs are always a nice addition to any home. But they are also expensive to buy and maintain and can cost you a small fortune in case of damage caused by irreparable staining. Leather upholstery is difficult to clean using over-the-counter or DIY solutions and using the wrong approach could easily lead to a small disaster. Instead of your gorgeous leather pieces creating more appealing home decor, they could be lowering your home’s market value while causing you serious discomfort.
Periodically Vacuum Your Leather Furniture
Besides your carpeting and flooring, your leather furniture is the next on the list to require periodical vacuum cleaning. Use the small brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner every time you plan on giving your leather sofa a nice cleaning. Go over all crevices and pull out all crumbs, dirt, dust and bacteria. Keep in mind the dust that can reach your leather upholstery is highly abrasive and can severely damage your furniture, if left attended for a long time.
Use DIY Leather Upholstery Cleaners At Home
- Use equal parts of white vinegar and water and mix it together, then add a few drops of your favorite leather cleaner to the mix
- Use a soft microfiber cloth and slightly dip it into this mix, making sure the cloth is not completely wet
- Use the cloth to wipe down the leather upholstery using gentle moves; always start from the top and work your way down.
- Finally,use a dry towel and steer clear from blow dryers that will damage your expensive leather.
- For maintenance purposes, use a mix of white vinegar and linseed oil and apply it to the upholstery with the help of a soft cloth. Use circular motions and let it sit overnight. Proceed to buffing the upholstery with a clean rag the following day and see your precious furniture regain its lost charm and shine.
Get Rid Of Mildew Staining With Rubbing Alcohol
Mold and mildew can really do a number on your leather furniture around the house. Of this is the case, mix some water with rubbing alcohol and gently rug the stained areas with the help of a soft cloth. You can also get rid of nasty and stubborn ink spots with the help of this mix.
Aerosol hairspray is also known to act well on ballpoint pen stains, as well as permanent market, so give those a try too. Toothpaste and baby wipes also seem to be a good alternative for removing other types of stains and spots on leather upholstery.