How to Clean Leather Furniture

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There is no doubt that leather furniture is one of the biggest investments when it comes to home décor. But this investment pays off in time and if you know how to clean and maintain the leather furniture, they can last a

A lot of people are scared of this cleaning task but actually it’s not that hard. Most leather furniture manufacturers include instructions for cleaning on the labels or in an additional booklet, which is given to the customer in the store. So I advise you before using any other cleaning tips, first follow the instructions of the producer.

The type of the leather also matters, because some of the different kinds need special treatment, which should also be specified on the label.

If you can’t find any instructions for your pieces of furniture, don’t worry. I am here to explain you how to clean leather furniture in few simple steps, provided by experts in the field of flat cleaning London:

You will need

  • Water (preferably distilled)
  • Several white and clean cloths
  • Neutral liquid soap
  • Bucket
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Leather conditioner (optional)


  1. Start with the vacuum cleaner but don’t use the regular nozzle, because leather can easily be scratched. Instead, use a soft brush nozzle for gently removing the dust off the piece of furniture. You can repeat this on a regular basis, for example once a month.
  2. Create a mixture of ¼ distilled water and a few drops of liquid soap. Mix it until its completely homogeneous.
  3. Pick a small area (e.g. on the back of the furniture) and test the soapy water to see if there is any kind of undesired reaction.
  4. When you see that the mixture is right for your furniture, damp a clean cloth in it and start wiping the surface.
  5. After that clean any remains of the soap with another cloth, soaked with clean water. It’s better to be a white one, so you don’t accidentally transfer dyes on the leather. By using a white cloth you will also see the results of the cleaning better.
  6. Completely dry off the leather furniture with a third cloth.
  7. If you want to keep the shiny, clean look of the leather, you can rub it with leather conditioner, which can be found in most furniture stores.

More tips

  • Clean the leather furniture regularly with dry white cloth or a vacuum cleaner. In this way you will preserve the beauty of the leather longer.
  • Place the leather furniture away from heat sources and direct sunlight, in order to avoid fading or cracking of the leather.
  • Spilt liquids should be cleaned with a paper towel as soon as possible. Otherwise, the pores of the leather will absorb it and it will be harder to clean.
  • Stains from chocolate, ketchup or something greasy can be easily cleaned just with a dry and soft cloth.
  • Clean ink stains by rubbing them with cotton swab, soaked in alcohol.
  • Never use abrasive cleansers or oils, because they will damage the leather furniture.

These tips are suitable for all types of leather furniture at your home or office. If there are too many pieces of leather furniture at your workplace, it’s better to hire a professional office cleaning London team, instead of dealing with all of them by yourself.

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Author: Johanna Stevens

Johanna Stevens is a student in London. Her mother is working as a professional cleaner and she taught her daughter a lot of useful home cleaning recipes. Johanna is now determined to pass them to all readers, who are interested to make their home clean and tidy for less time than usual.

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