Tips for Leather Upholstery Cleaning and Maintenance

Leather couches can make any apartment or house make sleek and modern. A classic addition to a house, a leather couch is something you can never go wrong with. But buying a piece of leather furniture comes with the responsibility of maintaining its look and feel with proper care and cleaning.

Taking care of leather upholstery can be easy once you know all the steps to it. Here are a few cleaning and maintenance tips to keep your leather couch as pristine as the day you bought it for years:

Step 1 – Location matters!

Leather is prone to cracks and scratches and the best way to prevent that from happening is to keep it away from unfavourable places. If you live in a house with small children, or pets running around the house, buying a leather couch may not be for you.

Additionally, leather does not respond very well to extreme conditions, and may crack when exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time, or if left in a place that is too cold.

You may also want to avoid getting a leather couch if your house sees a lot of traffic coming in and out of the house on a regular basis, as leather can crack with too much use, regardless of how often you maintain it.

Step 2 – No Eating!

Professional leather cleaning services usually advise people against eating or drinking anything while sitting or reclining on their leather furniture. This is to prevent against the risk of food spillage, which can irreversibly stain the fine material of your couch.

Step 3 – In case of spills, do instant damage control

But accidents can always happen, and you may accidentally spill a mug of hot chocolate on your couch while walking past it and accidentally bumping against the couch on your way, causing you to spill.

In such cases, it is imperative to do instant damage control by cleaning the fabric while the stain is still fresh. If allowed to stay, the stain can seep into the material and can become difficult to remove.

To remove stains like those of wine, mustard, chocolate or coffee, blot-clean the spot with a damp cloth, and follow it up by wiping with a clean, dry cloth. Try to avoid spreading the liquid around, as this can cause the stain to spread.

You may also use mild cleaning liquids like leather shampoo, mild detergent or white vinegar. But if the stain is too stubborn to be removed by these methods, it might be best to leave it to the professionals to reduce the risk of damaging your couch.

Step 4 – Regular cleanings

Leather—and especially dark coloured leather—can show dust spots very clearly, which is why it is so important to clean it regularly. Vacuuming your leather upholstery often can be an easy of getting rid of accumulated dust—just be sure to use low speeds and the soft brush extension to prevent scratches!

Step 5 – Professional Cleanings

If you have any doubts about your ability to clean your leather furniture without accidentally irreversibly damaging it, or you just don’t have the time or energy to do it yourself, you may want to leave it to the professionals. Hiring a professional leather cleaning service will ensure a better cleaning job, and will also help your leather couch live a better, longer life.

A Sydney-based cleaning company, Adam’s Carpet Cleaning is your best solution to all your leather cleaning needs. With operators specifically trained in the upkeep of leather upholstery, we are experts at keeping your leather furniture in pristine condition, preventing colour fading and staining.

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