Wrinkles, stains… Your sofa looks gray. Be aware that the sun and the heat dry out the leather and accelerate its aging, hence the need to choose your leather carefully. emplacement in the House. Need a makeover? No need to buy expensive cleaning products because ingredients simple of daily life will be able to give it a second youth.
Dusting the sofa
The first enemy of a leather sofa remains dust. To chase it away, you don’t have to vacuum. You can simply use a soft cloth, chamois type, and pass it gently. It is recommended to clean with a cloth once a week to keep the shine of his sofa.
Damp cloth on leather
Modern seats are generally covered in smooth leather. When they are dirty, clean with a cloth or a sponge moistened with water, perfectly wrung out, taking care not to rub too vigorously. This simple cleaning is effective on nourished and well-maintained materials.
Cleansing milk and white vinegar
This method is easy and has proven itself. Take a large piece of cotton, soak it in cleansing milk, then gently rub the surface of your sofa. Pour a few drops of vinegar on a cotton ball and proceed in the same way. Once the products are evenly distributed on the leather, polish with a soft cloth. These ingredients do more than cleanse, they feed also the leather of your sofa.
Cleansing milk and ammonia
To make your leather sofa shine, you can also use cleansing milk with ammonia, following the same procedure as with white vinegar. First, make sure the milk penetrates well into the leather by making circular movements with a cloth or cotton. Then use ammonia to remove stubborn stains. Remember to change cotton or cloth as soon as it is dirty.
Cleansing milk and glycerine soap
Prepare soft fabric cloths, lukewarm water, bar glycerin soap, soft sponge and moisturizing milk. Moisten the sponge, rub it on the soap and pass it gently over the leather in circular motions. When you have finished an area, wipe with a cloth to remove dirt. When you’re done, let it dry for 2-3 hours. Then, with a cloth, sponge washcloth or large piece of cotton, spread the moisturizing milk on the leather by massaging. Leave to dry overnight then buff with a soft cloth. The next day, under the effect of glycerin which nourishes and softens leather, your sofa will have regained its former beauty.
White vinegar and distilled water
In a small bucket or bowl, mix equal parts water and white vinegar (ideally distilled water at room temperature). Dip a cloth in the solution and then wring it out just damp. With circular movements, rub the sofa lightly, proceeding by small sections. Rinse then wring the cloth after 2 or 3 passes. Using a clean cloth, wipe each area of leather dry.
After having removed the dust from the sofa using a cloth, moisten a soft washcloth, pass it over a Marseille soap (known for its virtues stain removers) and gently rub the leather. Finish with a rinse light with clear water then dry with a clean cloth.
Liniment (a mixture of vegetable oils and lime water in equal proportions) is effective in cleaning stubborn stains (other than grease) and nourishing the leather. But be careful, it’s a greasy product to be used only in small quantity because it can darken the color of the leather. Take cotton to apply the oleo-calcareous liniment on the soiled parts. Finish cleaning with a clean cloth. Liniment is an ideal product for polishing a very dirty and dried out leather sofa.
white clay stone
This natural product with strong cleaning power is not suitable for fragile leather. If your leather is enough robust, you can use it to remove stubborn stains. Put some white clay stone on a damp sponge and gently rub the soiled part. After rinsing, let your sofa dry.
Talc for the sofa
To restore the original appearance of your leather sofa, it is also possible to use talc (effective in particular on grease stains). Just dust the armrests and soiled parts of the sofa and to let do a few hours before cleaning by rubbing gently. Note that instead of talc, you can use Sommières earth, a 100% natural and ecological clay.
Regular leather care
To revitalize your sofa, you can make a homemade solution by mixing 10 to 15 drops of lemon or tea tree oil and 2 cups of white vinegar. Apply the solution all over the sofa with a cloth and rub the leather without pressing and in circular motions. Leave to act overnight then rub the sofa with a cloth. To keep the leather soft and shiny, it is recommended to revitalize once or twice a year.
Leather requires specific cleaning methods. If you maintain it regularly using the right products, your sofa will retain its splendor for ages!