How To Take Care Of Your Leather Couch

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Compared to fabric couches, leather couches are a breeze to look after, so long as you react quickly to pulls, spills and stains. At times, though, you may not immediately realise that there have been any scratches, spills, or tears on your couch. In this article, we will discuss how to take care of your leather couch and tackle scuffs, stains and other things that could damage your leather couch. 

Keep It Away From Sunlight

As a rule, you should try and keep your leather couch away from prolonged exposure to direct sunlight because the sun’s ultraviolet rays dry up, age and crack leathers. You should protect your leather couch from direct sunlight and keep it at least two feet from any excessive heat source. 

Follow the Maker’s Instructions

Leather couches will often come with care and cleaning instructions. It’s best to trust these guides because they are given by the leather couch’s maker and are given to retain the quality of the leather couch.

Cleaning Your Leather Couch

It’s important to regularly wipe your couch using a microfiber cloth in order to get rid of any crumbs, or dirt. However, if scratches and stains and developed, this is what you should do:

  1. Using a leather cleaner, like GH Seal Star Weiman Leather Cleaner and Conditioner, or a mild soap, and soft, damp cloth, clean your leather couch.
  2. Rinse the leather couch with another soft, damp cloth, removing all cleaner or soap from the couch. Rinse until there is no trace of soap or cleaner.
  3. Condition your leather couch with a protectant, so that it will be easier to get rid of stains in future. 

Removing Ink Stains

As a rule, you should avoid using pens or markers when on the couch, but if that’s unavoidable, then you should:

  • Use a cotton swab or cloth to lightly dab finished leather with rubbing alcohol. Then blot the leather with a cloth. When the leather is dry, treat it with a conditioner
  • If your leather is unfinished, then you should leave this to a professional.

Removing Grease Stains

Just as with ink, there are some grease stains that simply cannot be removed. If you frequently use a protectant to treat your leather couch, then you stand a better chance of removing these grease stains. No promises, but here are a few things you can do to try and remove grease stains:

  • Use a leather degreaser such as Furniture Clinic Leather DeGreaser,  to remove grease stains in areas where your natural hair and body oils have darkened the leather.
  • Blot food stains as soon as they are made and then sprinkle them with cornstarch, flour, or talcum powder in order to draw out the oil. Let the cornstarch, flour or talcum powder sit on the stain for a few hours, or if possible, overnight, until it is saturated from the grease and can be wiped. If there is still a stain, then wash it away using Weiman Leather Cleaner and Conditioner.

Once you’ve done all this, give your leather couch an exquisite finish at Creative Cabinets and Fine Finishes.