Leather Cleaning Guide

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Leather Cleaning Guide

Posted by Braden on October 14, 2021


How to clean your new leather furniture

Thinking about buying a new leather sofa, loveseat, or chair, or are you wondering the best way to clean and maintain your new leather furniture? Let RC Willey help you make the most of your investment with this leather cleaning guide.

Clean your leather sofa or chair regularly

Leather is a durable material that, when cared for, will develop a rich and unique patina that just gets better with age. However, if left uncleaned, your sofa may not age so gracefully.

Make it a habit to clean your leather at least once a week. Be sure to clean every part of the leather to avoid uneven coloring.

Here are some easy-to-follow steps:

  • Go over your leather upholstery with a soft cloth. Brush off any loose dirt, dust, or debris that may have settled on the material. You may want to use a vacuum with a soft brush attachment
  • Use a damp cloth and wipe the upholstery. It’s best to use distilled water, if possible, as chlorinated water may damage the leather finish over time. Remember, before you begin using anything on leather it’s best to test it on a part of the sofa that is hidden to avoid unwanted discoloring. Oh, and don’t overdo it. Leather doesn’t take kindly to large quantities of liquid.
  • At least monthly you should use a specialized cleaning product to treat and cleanse your sofa’s upholstery. 
  • Let your sofa dry naturally. Avoid sitting on it until it is finished as to not disrupt the shape of your sofa.

How to Clean a Spill on your Leather Sofa

Leather is tough, but it is still vulnerable to staining. If you have a major spill, pet accident, or boo boo, time is of the essence! Reacting quickly to a mess will vastly reduce the chance that your sofa is marked, stained, or marred.

Here’s what you need to know:

Take a dry cloth or piece of paper towel and carefully blot the spill—avoid wiping as this can ingrain the liquid into the material.

If you need to do a bit more than gentle blotting, a damp cloth may be gently applied as well. Remember that for greasy spills water can make things worse, so avoid it!

Grab your Leather Cleaning Kit and get to work if needed!

Let it dry. Don’t be too worried if the spill area looks dark, it should be closer to normal when it dries.

We recommend adding a 5-year leather protection plan to all new leather purchases to ensure you’re covered! With RC Willey Blue Rewards you’ll receive half back on any unused warranties.

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