How to clean a leather sofa

We ask the cleaning experts for their top tips for leather sofas

Cleaning leather sofas can be tricky, so we asked Lindsey Taylor from Vileda’s Clever Clean team, how to clean your leather sofa so it looks as good as new.

“The best tip for cleaning a leather sofa is to clean it using saddle soap or leather dew (a combo of soap and oil usually available from shoe repair shops and good furniture stores) once a week with a soft cloth.

Most sofas will be finished leather and it’s fine to use a slightly damp cloth with a small amount of a gentle soap to give it a quick clean. However, make sure the cloth is only damp and not wet otherwise a water mark will be left.

Once a lather has been built up, wipe it away and polish the leather with a dry cloth. Then treat it with a leather conditioner just before it completely dries.”

• Always test your cleaning products first. Choose an area of the sofa that no on one can see, and wait until dry to see the results before you apply it to the target stain.

• If a stain refuses to budge, leave it and don’t be tempted to scrub – you may be causing more harm than good. Instead, call in a professional upholstery cleaner such as ServiceMaster Clean.

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