If you have a leather sofa or a leather recliner, you know how hard it is to keep the stains off of it. Your instinct is to rub and scrub and nothing seems to work. You can try washing it a hundred times a day, but the problem just gets worse.
Leather is very resilient, but the furniture's finish deteriorates with time. Since sofas and recliners are subject to more wear and tear than most other pieces of furniture, they tend to be more damaged. This can make the condition of your leather look even worse.
Moisture and heat will deteriorate leather quickly. In addition, any moisture you may have picked up on the surface can make things worse. Here's how to clean leather upholstery if you're having problems.
You'll need a leather cleaning pad and a stiff brush. Put some lemon juice on the pad. It'll kill germs and will also add a little bit of acidity to the solution. Use a stiff brush to gently scrub your leather sofa.
Don't forget to use mild soap when you're cleaning your leather furniture. If you're using a soap with a lot of detergent in it, it will clog your pores and make the job more difficult. A neutral cleaner will work just as well.
You need to read the manufacturer's instructions when you purchase your leather cleaning products. Some of them contain alcohol, which can damage the finish of your leather. You'll find that you can use ordinary liquid dishwashing soap, but make sure it doesn't contain any kind of oil or liquid soap.
You can use a small amount of the cleaner and scrub around the stained area until the stain is gone. If you don't scrub enough, the stain could still show through the pad. You want to remove as much of the stain as possible, so be sure to scrub around the stain and not the entire surface.
How to clean leather upholstery is pretty simple. The key is to clean the surface and not to rub it. If you do it that way, you'll never get it looking anywhere near as good as it did before.
You should be able to wash the soap off with a little water. If you don't have time to do the job on your own, the store that sold you the soap should do it for you. Just be sure that you don't have any stains on the surface of the upholstery.
After you've got the stain out of the surface, dry it off completely. Never let the surface of the upholstery air dry. Instead, try to apply some form of moisturizer to the area.
You may need to repeat this process with a new piece of leather, but it's better to use a new one every so often than to have a piece of leather that looks worn. You'll be amazed at how well the material looks once it's been cleaned and renewed.
Cleaning leather upholstery is easy, if you follow these guidelines. By putting into practice a few of the tips in this article, you can go from having a machine cleaning your leather to having it look like new again.