Handy Tips for Cleaning Leather Sofas

Leather sofa are timeless pieces that give class and style to every home. The good news is, you no longer have to break the bank to add that comfortable and luxurious looking leather sofa to complete and anchor your living room style. However, many homeowners are concerned over the tedious maintenance and cleaning of a leather sofa.

Contrary to popular believe, high quality leather sofas are easy to maintain (if you know how), durable and ages beautifully with time. This is especially true for our Full Grain Italian Leather Sofas. If you do not quite know what are the different types of leather, which is right for you and which to avoid, do check out our Ultimate Leather Guide for Sofas first!

Here are some simple and handy tips to keep your leather sofa happy and healthy:

Dusting and simple wiping should be a routine

Regularly dusting and wiping your leather sofa is one of the easiest yet most important thing you can do to keep your leather sofa in great shape. As simple as it sounds, most of the damage comes from accumulation of dust and substances (such as food and drinks, and yes, your sweat) when sits in for too long.

Simply use a slightly damp cloth, without detergent or soap, to gently wipe the surface of the sofa. Make it a weekly routine, and it will go a long way to keep your leather in great condition. It is as simple as that.

A beautiful and well-maintained leather sofa

Don’t let the stains set

While high quality leather sofas are durable and harder to stain as compared to fabric upholster or low-grade/faux leather, they still require some care in this regard. Whenever a spillage occurs, immediately use a clean absorbent cloth to clean and dry the leather. If required, moisten a soft cloth with lukewarm water and dap affected areas, then let it air dry naturally.

Greasy or oily stains, or stains that have set in overnight may require additional cleaning products, but is not difficult to deal with and we will cover that in another article!

Don’t use a hair dryer to blow dry your leather

One of the most common mistake is to use a hair dry to blow dry leather sofas after attempts to remove stains. This can overly dehydrate the leather and cause cracking in the long run. Instead, you can fan dry your sofa or if possible, move it to an area with some sun for 1-2 hours.

Always test any product

The leather used to make different furniture varies so not all products will have the same effect. Even if the product label says “suitable for all leather”, PLEASE (yes, we have to highlight this!), it may contain chemicals that do not work well with certain types of leather.

Do a test by dabbing a small amount of the product on somewhere inconspicuous to ensure that there is no discoloration or any other adverse effect.

An additional note here is to skip the home remedies when it comes to cleaning leather upholstery. Let’s keep our vinegar and mayonnaise for salads and sandwiches instead!

Featuring our beautiful black leather sofa: Ashton


Now, that’s not too difficult isn’t it? Purchasing a high quality leather sofa, such as our Full Grain Italian leather sofa is not only beautiful, but also definitely easy to maintain. With such proper care, your sofa will withstand the test of time and age beautifully.