Cleaning Leather Furniture

Cleaning Leather Furniture Tips

Cleaning leather furniture begins with regular maintenance. Use the upholstery attachment and vacuum weekly to keep dust from building up. Clean leather furniture every six months with a high quality leather cleaning product. Test the product first on an inconspicuous spot before cleaning the entire piece.

Protect leather furniture from direct sunlight and other sources of heat. Exposure to light and heat causes leather to dry, making it vulnerable to cracking and other damage. Sunlight can cause discoloration. Keep leather furniture away from windows, skylights, and glass doors. Leather furniture should be situated at least two feet away from heaters.

Remove topical dirt from Nubuck leather furniture and suede furniture with regular brushing.
Spills of any kind should be blotted up immediately when they occur. Gently treat any residual stains with a mild mixture of distilled water and castile soap. Scrubbing can remove the color from the leather, so don't scrub too briskly. Allow the leather to air-dry, away from sources of direct light and heat.  

To treat a stain on leather furniture, gently rub the area with a paste of baking soda and water. Allow the paste to sit for 10 to 20 minutes. Start at the edge and work in towards the middle of the stain. Rinse with distilled water, and remove excess moisture by blotting up with a soft clean cloth. Allow the leather to air-dry.

After cleaning, condition leather furniture to prevent drying out or cracking. Apply leather conditioner, using a soft foam wax applicator. Apply one section at a time. Let the conditioner soak in for a few minutes. Buff with a soft dry cloth. Remove excess conditioner.

Knowing the source of the stain makes it easier to treat.

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To clean stains made by:

Blot excess moisture with a soft clean cloth and allow to dry slowly and naturally. Don't use blow dryer.


Lift excess grease with dry soft cloth. Sprinkle cornstarch over area and cover with damp cloth. Let sit four to six hours. Remove cloth and vacuum up cornstarch.

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Blot gently with soft damp cloth. Allow to air-dry slowly without the use of heat.

Use a product specifically designed for removing ink from leather, or you can try using a white eraser. Rub it fast and firmly across the mark. Test eraser on an area that doesn't show first.


Lay a plastic baggie of ice cubes on top of the wax. Let it harden. Lift wax from the surface. Treat residual marks as you would grease.

Dry leather very gently using a blow dryer. Use a clean white cloth to rub gum from surface. Treat residual marks as you would treat a grease stain -- with cornstarch and patience!

We hope this cleaning leather furniture tip has been helpful.

Suze & Ev

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