Cleaning Leather Furniture



Before cleaning leather furniture effectively, you have to know whether you have the type of leather that stains can permanently penetrate. (dyed leather) or pigmented leather) This can be ascertained by letting a drop of water fall on an inconspicuous part of the leather. If it soaks in immediately, then so will the stains and if it doesn't, you at least have a chance of removing them. In general, leather should not be too wet and most water-based stains like cola, red wine and mustard can often be removed with a damp cloth. If that doesn't work, try a cloth dampened with a very mild soap and water solution.





It is important to avoid the use of furniture polish oil, varnish, abrasive cleanser or ammonia water for your leather furniture cleaner. And always check for color changes in an inconspicuous part of the furniture before applying any product to the leather.

Using incorrect care products is usually the cause of deterioration in the leather as unfortunately most car care products contain waxes and oils or silicones which do not do the leather any good.

AS a last resort try saddle soap it is a fine all purpose leather cleaner. Rub the lather into the leather using a cloth dampened with water and once dry, buff with a soft cloth. For effective conditioning, mix 1 cup boiled linseed oil and ½ cup white vinegar. Shake well and apply sparingly with a damp cloth and when dry, buff with a soft cloth. Olive oil can be substituted for the linseed oil. To remove mildew, apply a little antiseptic mouthwash to the area with a soft cloth. Sounds strange but it works

BUT always check for color changes in an inconspicuous part of the furniture before applying any product to the leather.





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