How to Care for Leather Furniture

Leather furniture adds comfort and style to any home. Care for your leather furniture properly and it stays beautiful and comfortable for years to come. Keep your furniture looking its best by vacuuming it frequently to remove dust and other debris. Research the best care methods for your type of leather furniture before delving into any deep cleaning. Read on to learn how to care for leather furniture.

  1. Read the manufacturer's care instructions for your leather furniture. Carefully follow the recommended care instructions.

  2. Test old leather furniture for a protective or semi-aniline finish. Place one or two drops of water on an inconspicuous location of your leather furniture. Watch to see if the water is absorbed. Seal your furniture with water repellent if the water is absorbed quickly.

  3. Clean unsealed leather furniture with care. Vacuum dust and debris from your furniture on a regular basis. Wipe the furniture with a clean, damp cloth. Blot stains with a soft, dry cloth soon after they are made.

  4. Wipe sealed furniture with a mild soap and water solution. Dry the leather with a soft, clean cloth. Clean your furniture on a regular basis or as needed.

  5. Remove difficult stains with a leather cleaning product. Contact the furniture manufacturer for recommendations on the best product for your furniture.

  6. Prevent your leather furniture from fading prematurely by placing it away from direct sunlight. Keep your furniture away from heat vents or other heat sources to prevent the leather from drying out over time.

  7. Send your furniture to a leather restoration specialist if your furniture is in need of serious cleaning. Ask the cleaning professionals about sealing your leather furniture.


  • Do not use oil soap or saddle soap on leather furniture. These products stain your furniture.
  • Do not clean your leather furniture with soap and water if expressly prohibited by the manufacturer. Instead, follow the manufacturer's care instructions.

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