Leather furniture is awesome, but sometimes it may seem like a bear to clean. However, cleaning leather is simply a task of mind over matter. With the right steps, you can cut the job of cleaning right down to size. Read on to learn more about cleaning leather furniture.
When it comes to cleaning leather, the first thing that you should take note of is the type of leather that you are dealing with. Some leathers will react differently with cleaners than others, so it is imperative that you know what you are working with before you get down to business. To find out the type of leather, look behind the cushions for the tag.
Once you have that figured out, you then need to know what you are cleaning for. Are you giving it a general touch-up before some friends come over, or is there a nasty stain that needs to come out ASAP? This will help determine how much cleaning you will need to do.
Before we even get started with the process, the golden rule of cleaning leather furniture is to stay away from commercial cleaners. Believe it or not, these cleaners will not always do what they are intended to do, and can actually cause some harm to your couch. Instead, stick to water and some mild dish soap, if you need it.
Now that you’re ready to clean, the first thing you are going to need to do is to vacuum it. It may seem odd, but this will ensure that all the particles that you cannot see will be taken out, making it that much easier for you to clean it out. Next, mix together the water and soap so a little bit of suds form—you do not need anything crazy, just a little bit of suds to help the cleaning power. Then, take a clean rag, collect some of the suds, and wipe the surface of the furniture.
After the suds are all on the leather, you need to grab another rag and dampen it with regular water. Use this to go back over the furniture, picking up as many suds as you can. It is very important that no suds remain, as their lingering will be the bane of the leather.
Finally, take another rag and wipe up all the water from the second rag. After all the water is picked up, you’re done!
Now, if you are dealing with a stain, you are probably going to need to go over it a few more times, but with enough determination it should come out without a problem. At the end of it, you’ll have the stain out, without breaking the bank with expensive cleaners that do not do much.
Cleaning leather is not difficult, it is just a process, much like everything else. However, if you need a little bit more help, know that Bayside Carpet Cleaning is there for you!