Leather furniture doesn’t come cheap, so you want to make sure you’re taking excellent care of it. But no matter how cautious you are around your leather couch or chairs, you’re living life on and near them, meaning the occasional stain is inevitable. However, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing that can be done about spills or grease smears. Learn how to remove stains from leather furniture, so you can keep your living room suite looking sweet for years to come.
A leather primer:
Not all leather furniture is created equally, which means there’s no universal answer for how to remove stains from a leather couch. Most sofas, loveseats, chairs, and ottomans made from this material are one of two types: aniline-dyed leather or pigmented leather.
- Aniline-dyed leather: Also known as “unfinished leather,” this material is more natural in appearance, as it doesn’t have a finishing coat applied to it. Aniline-dyed leather tends to be softer and richer in color.
- Pigmented leather: These leathers are also dyed with aniline, but their surfaces are coated with pigment. It isn’t quite as soft as its aniline-dyed counterpart, but it does tend to be more durable and is less likely to fade over the years.
How to Clean Unfinished Aniline-dyed Leather
Because this leather is so delicate, you should always call a professional for help when there is any sort of staining you need removed, be it water, grease, ink, or so forth, otherwise, you could cause irreparable damage to your home furnishings.
Cleaning Water Stains on Leather Furniture
Water seems so innocuous, but it can leave unsightly rings on everything from wooden furniture to leather sofas. If you catch these spills immediately, you can often just soak them up with a dry microfiber cloth, but when they’re left to sit, cleanup will take a little more work.
- Dampen the microfiber cloth with water.
- Start at the center of the stain and gently wipe outward using a circular motion.
- Continue wiping the stain until you can no longer see the mark.
- Let the surface dry. If the water stain is still there, repeat the process.
- Once the mark is gone and the furniture is dry, treat the leather with the conditioner recommended in your manufacturer’s instructions.
Removing Grease from Leather Furniture
Grease and leather were never meant to be. Unfortunately, food gets dropped and our pets’ natural oils can leave streaks or smears on leather furniture.
- Blot as much grease as you can from the furniture using a clean, dry microfiber cloth.
- Sprinkle cornstarch or talcum powder over the affected area until it’s covered.
- Let this sit overnight. (Make sure you lock any pets out of the room so that they don’t get into the powder and track it all over your home.) * The next day, gently wipe the powder away with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.
- Repeat the cleaning process if needed.
- When all grease has been removed, apply the manufacturer-recommended leather conditioner to the area to restore your furniture’s shine.
- You can also use dishwashing liquid to remove grease from pigmented leather furniture
- Use a dry microfiber cloth to blot as much grease as you can from the area.
- Mix a few drops of dishwashing liquid with water to create a lather.
- Dampen your microfiber cloth with the solution.
- Gently dab the stained area with the cloth, making sure to work in one direction.
- Switch out your cloth for a fresh one and dampen this with distilled water only.
- Dab the leather just as you did with the soapy mixture, carefully and in the same direction, to remove any traces of cleaning solution.
- Blot the area dry with a fresh microfiber cloth.
- Repeat as needed until the stain has lifted.
- Apply the leather conditioner recommended by your manufacturer’s instructions
If you are looking for a deep clean, monthly clean, or bi-weekly clean in Newnan and surrounding areas, call Two Ladies and a Mop for a free in-home quote. Our ladies are skilled to help your family come home to a clean, fresh environment.