Effective Tips To Clean And Look After Your Leather Couch

A person cleaning a leather couch.

A leather couch is a good investment. Although they are generally a little more expensive than the fabric alternative, they are much easier to clean and, if looked after, will last for much longer.

The secret is to use effective methods to prevent stains on your leather couch and to deal with any issues promptly. Keeping your leather couch looking fantastic is easy than you think.

The Professionals

Regardless of how good you are at keeping your leather couch clean, it is good to get a reputable and professional leather sofa cleaning company in at least once a year. They have the tools and equipment to perform a deep clean which will help to ensure your couch lasts for years.

Of course, if you have a spill or stain during the year and you are struggling to get rid of it, contact the professionals, the sooner the better!

The Spill

The following steps will help you give your leather couch a general clean or can be used when dealing with a spill. The key, if dealing with a spill, is to act promptly. 

The Solution

Mix an equal amount of white vinegar with water. You can do this in a bowl but you may prefer to premix it and keep it in a spray bottle. 

Clean First

If you are undertaking a general clean then use your vacuum to remove all the food and other debris from the couch. If dealing with a spill then you’ll want to use a cloth to mop up any excess. Remember to dab, not scrub.

Apply Your Mix

Spray your mix onto the couch or dip a clean cloth into it, wring it out, and then gently wiped the couch. This solution will effectively remove the majority of stains from any couch. 


To finish, use a dry cloth to remove excess water and your solution from the couch. This speeds up drying time and helps to ensure you retain the even finish on your coach.


The process is similar regardless of what type of stain you are dealing with. In other words, dab a cleaner onto the stain and then dry with a soft clean cloth. In all cases, dabbing is the best option.

For ink stains you’ll want to use rubbing alcohol, this will lift the ink out of your furniture. But, for grease stains, such as you get from food, you’ll want to use baking soda. The baking soda needs to sit on the stain for a couple of hours to allow it to draw the stain out. 

You can then wipe it over with a clean and dry cloth.

Extra Tip For General Care

Add some lemon or flaxseed oil to your water and vinegar mix. You can then slowly and carefully apply this to the entire couch, allowing you to deep condition it. This will help to keep the leather soft and prevent spills and stains from being absorbed too much.

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