How to clean leather

by | Jul 27, 2016 | Blog

Leather may seem like a great option when it comes to furniture as it looks smart and is easy to clean… after all, you can just wipe it with a wet wipe or damp cloth can’t you?

Well what about stains? What about grease? What about ink or permanent marker? These can be incredibly difficult to remove from any fabric, but leather is a step above. Here at TWS Contracts, we’ve got a handful of techniques for removing those stubborn and difficult stains from your leather furniture.

  1. Deal with them ASAP – if a stain has days (or even weeks) to soak in and dry onto the fabric, it’ll become increasingly more difficult. Go through the below few techniques as soon as you spot the stain.
  2. A sprinkle of bicarbonate of soda with a damp cloth left over for a few hours should be your first stop. Leave to draw out the stain, then gently rub to remove the more stubborn areas. This will cut through grease and remove the backbone from most stains, at minimum fading them dramatically.
  3. Alternatively, standard hairspray on a damp cotton pad will do the same job (although not as effectively) – this may make your furniture have an odd smell, so you may want to mop up with a scented wipe afterwards.
    If the above fails, a diluted surgical spirit solution (minimum ratio of 1:5 with water) can be really effective at removing the most stubborn of stains. Please, just make sure that you test the solution on an inconspicuous area of the leather first, to make sure that your solution isn’t too strong. If it is, it will remove the finish/colour of the leather.