How to Clean Stains from Leather Upholstery

Leather and suede are classic stylish fabrics for upholstered furniture, rugs, and clothing, but these natural materials come with a price when we speak about maintenance and keeping them clean and free of stains. Here are some useful tips for taking care of stains on your leather sofa with products which can be found in every home:


Cleaning patent leather

Watermarks can be removed with a cloth dipped in warm water and a mild dishwashing solution. You can get rid of some more stubborn stains and scuff marks with the help of some hand sanitizer. Dip a cotton swab in it and rub the mark off of the patent leather. Use some window cleaning solution to get rid of any fingerprints left on the leather after you have handled it.

Handling easy stains on leather

One of the easiest ways to deal with spills and easy stains is to use baby wipes to wipe it off. Take this professional cleaning advice: Do not scrub the leather though!

Getting rid of tougher stains on leather

Tougher stains, such as ink can be removed from leather with the help of some hairspray. Spray some of it on top of the stain and let it sit for 15-20 seconds. Use a clean soft cloth to dab it away without rubbing it. The ink should come out with the hair spray and transfer itself to the cleaning cloth. You can repeat this if there is more ink remaining after the first time. Hair spray can be replaced with rubbing alcohol. Dab some of it on a cotton ball and apply it to the stain gently until it is gone. Remember to always condition the area treated with some leather conditioner! If you do not have commercial leather conditioner, you can use some olive or coconut oil instead to rub the treated spot and ensure it doesn’t crack or dry.

Cleaning suede

Suede sofas are amazing and classy, but they are also very easy to get dirty and get stained. When you spill something on your suede upholstery, make sure to blot out as much of the spill as possible with paper towels or a clean white cloth. Never rub it! Then use a clean cloth dipped in some white distilled vinegar to gently dab the spot until the dirt is fully transferred to the cloth. Again – do not rub it because this will only spread the stain and embed it deeper.

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Author: Madison Kirby

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