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How to Clean Leather Furniture

Learn how to clean leather furniture with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

If you have leather furniture, you know how comfortable and inviting it is. You also know that cleaning it can be a daunting task. With the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet and a few household items, you can easily learn how to clean leather furniture and even remove some common stains.

How to Clean Leather Furniture
Cleaning leather furniture might seem like a difficult task, but it’s actually quite easy. Learn how to clean leather furniture with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

What You’ll Need

For stain removal

How to Clean Leather Furniture

1. Before you begin cleaning the leather, you need to vacuum up any dirt or debris that’s on the furniture. Use a brush attachment with your vacuum, and get in between the cushions. When you’re done vacuuming, wipe the furniture off with the microfiber cloth.

2. For general cleaning, use a mixture of equal water and white vinegar. Make the mixture in a small bucket, and dip a corner of the cloth in it. Wring it out thoroughly so the cloth is only damp and wipe down the leather furniture. Use a dry cloth on every area that you went over with the cleaning solution–it’s crucial to keep the furniture from getting soaking wet.

3. Aside from general cleaning, you might also need to get out some common stains. There a few cleaning solutions you can use when removing stains from leather furniture.

Ink stains – If your leather furniture has ink stains, you can use rubbing alcohol to treat the stains. Dip a cotton swab in the rubbing alcohol and rub it over the stained spot. If you need to quickly dry the spot, you can use a hairdryer.

Grease stains – If it’s a recent grease stain, use a dry cloth to wipe it away. If it’s an older stain, sprinkle baking soda on the stain and let it sit for about two hours, and wipe away with a rag. Do not use water, as it will only help the grease soak into the furniture.

Dark stains – If you have light-colored leather furniture, there might be dark spots. To remedy dark stains, mix one part lemon juice with one part cream of tartar to create a cleaning paste. Rub it on the stain and let it rest for about 10 minutes. Use a damp cloth to wipe away the paste.

For more tips on home cleaning projects, visit our Around the Home blog.

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