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Useful tips on cleaning Leather sofas, this will help to save money in future on your furniture replacement or other treatments.

Leather Sofa cleaning in Cardiff

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I have been doing leather and fabric cleaning for many years now and I can tell that it is not an easy task to clean leather sofas as they in many cases have so much dirt in wrinkles that accessing them is a challenge. However thanks to experience and good work ethics I was able to achieve good results every time, thanks to all those jobs that were difficult now I have developed techniques that are making it all more time efficient and I am able to get good results so much quicker and with less moisture usage.











Results above are from rather cooperative example, as I had difficulty to find some other ones from my gallery. I remember taking some photos of results, however with amount of photos in my folder it takes some time to find particular examples of cleaning that I may be after. I am in process of reorganizing all of it and I think that with time it will all be in order.

How to clean your leather sofa at home without specialist?

This is possible with some determination and right equipment, you need bucket of warm water and some sponge that is of hard surface to clean the sofa, you can also use cloth. Once you have those simply add some washing up liquid to it and make sure that water is of not very soapy composition, simply rug the leather and make sure to have clean cloth next to you so that you can get a dirt of the leather after rubbing with firth cloth. It will take some time to get all this right and to get good results, however I’m sure that you will get there after some workout.


How to clean your leather sofa suite

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1 – Using huggies baby wipes is great way to clean your suite clean and looking nicely, this will save you lots of money and effort to hire some professional to do it for you. Especially if you buy them whenever they are in promotion in which ever supermarket, this is often happening in Tesco or Asda.

2 – I would recommend to avoid using anything that is designed to clean of oil from surface, that is any type of soap is going to be destructive for your leather surface. That is why do not use Soap Flakes under any circumstances, this will be rather counteractive to sofa and will leave it cracking and dry in touch which is not desirable.

3 – other very obvious way to clean your suite is simply to use leather cleaning wipes, those are not the cheapest but do great job on the surface and surely will provide good protection for your sofa. Modern day sofas do not use coating, and this makes them more durable and can be cleaned even with warm water, or cleansing milk which will be very good for durability of your sofa’s surface.

4 – water based foam leather cleaner are best, not most cost effective however will provide great protection for your sofa and in a long run will prove to be one of the best solutions.


How to clean your leather sofa effectively

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leather-cleaningA leather sofa is the centrepiece when it comes to living rooms. However, your leather sofa can become easily damaged without the correct care and precautions. If you don’t care for your leather sofa it can get to look shabby and have a big impact on the look of your living room.

Fortunately, cleaning your leather sofa is easy, meaning you can keep your sofa looking clean and luxurious for the upcoming season.

The best way to clean your leather sofa is to do it gently; the gentler you’re cleaning method the better the results. Using strong cleaning products can potentially leave stains on your leather sofa which is counterproductive.

Before you start cleaning your leather sofa

Before you begin cleaning your leather sofa, you will need to determine what type of leather that you are working with. This information is often located on the tags attached to your sofa or in the written material that was distributed with your sofa. If you can’t find this information then I recommend you contacting the retailer or manufacturer.

The tags on your sofa and any other written information will usually provide tips on how to clean your particular type of leather. It is recommended that before using any of the suggestions below that you follow the cleaning tips suggested by the manufacturer of your sofa.

When you originally purchased your sofa, the retailer or manufacturer may have supplied you with leather care products that may be more appropriate for your sofa than the cleaning advice suggested in this article.


Using a vacuum hose, remove any debris from in-between the sofa cushions.  This will remove any dust and grime and keep it from being rubbed into the furniture when you clean it with commercial cleaner.

Choose a suitable cleaner

Any commercial cleaner can be used to safely clean your sofa. These cleaners will work best with a microfiber rag.

Wash your leather sofa

Dip your cloth or rag cleaning solution, be sure that the cleaning solution is mixed with hot water.  Using moderate pressure, wipe on cushion at a time. After you have cleaned each cushion you should you’re your rag under clean water to remove any extra grime or grit, this is important so that nothing unwanted is transferred to the next cushion.

Wash away any debris or residue

When you have finished washing your cushions, go through the same process again with your cloth soaked in warm water, this will rinse away any residue.

Take care of stains

If you have ink stains on your leather sofa, use cotton wool soaked with nail polish remover, toothpaste and aerosol hairspray can also work wonders on other stubborn stains. Spray the cleaner on; let it sit for 5 minutes and then wash it away with a damp cloth or rag.

Deep clean every three months

Every three months, fill up a bucket with soapy water and give your sofa a gentle wash. If you would like a very light protective finish then apply a thin coat of olive oil using a microfiber cloth, leave it for 45 minutes then clean it off with a rag.

How to care for your leather sofa


–          Dust down your sofa with a lint free cloth.


–          Wash your sofa gently with clean warm water and a lint free cloth.

–          Use a soft brush or cloth to revive the leathers finish.


–          Treat your sofa with recommended leather clean and feed product to prevent the cracking and dying of its surface.

What to be aware of when caring for your leather sofa

Studs on jeans and trousers

–          The studs on jeans and trousers can be very problematic, these are often responsible for scrapes and scratches on leather sofas, and once affected these marks are pretty much impossible to remove.

Red wine spillages

–          There are numerous old wives tales that claim to remove red wine stains. The majority of these being completely untrue. The safest bet is blotting with a terry cloth and then dousing with warm water.  The easiest way to avoid these nightmare stains is to be careful you don’t spill your red wine in the first place, be careful!


Written by Thomas Lloyd Leather Sofas, part of the largest privately owned mail order furniture group and the country’s leading supplier of quality traditional leather furniture, leather sofas and contemporary leather furniture.