Cleaning a Leather Couch: Dirt & Stain Removal Guide

Owning leather furniture has many advantages, but cleaning leather and keeping it in its best condition can be challenging. Is hiring Dublin’s leather couch cleaning professionals your only option, or is it possible to clean your leather couch on your own? 

To learn how to do it safely on your own, here’s what you’ll need to know:

How do you remove ingrained dirt from a leather couch?

Leather may not be as absorbent as fabric, but it does absorb dirt and stains if they are left to sit. The most efficient way of dealing with ingrained dirt is preventing it from penetrating the leather in the first place. However, this is sometimes easier said than done.

The best thing you can do when you have to give your leather sofa a deep cleaning is to hire professionals to do it for you. If this is not an option, the next best thing is to use a commercial leather cleaning product according to its instructions. 

If, however, you would like to treat persistent stains using common household products, read the advice provided below.

How do you get stains out of leather couches?

Spilling something onto your couch happens all of the time and some of these spills can stain the leather. Steam cleaning leather couches is usually the best strategy for all types of stains. To learn how to treat these stains and find out what mistakes to avoid, follow the guidelines listed below:

Water stains

If you leave a water spill to sit until the water evaporates, it can leave white rings on your leather. This is usually caused by minerals in the water. To tackle water stains, it’s best to use a damp microfiber cloth, dipped in distilled water, as distilled water is demineralised and won’t stain your couch. Wipe the stained area using circular motions, let it air dry, and repeat if the stain still shows after drying. Don’t forget to condition the leather afterwards.

Grease stains

A fresh oil or grease spill should be blotted out right away using a clean, soft microfiber cloth. To make sure all the grease is absorbed, leave the spot covered in cornstarch, talcum powder, or baking soda overnight. Wipe off the powder with a clean dry cloth to see if the stain is gone. If not, repeat the process or use a mixture of distilled water and dishwashing liquid to break it down. You will need only a teaspoon of dish soap per one cup of water.

To treat an old grease stain, mix a tablespoon of white vinegar with a cup of water and soak a soft sponge or cotton ball in the mixture. Dab at the stain gently until it disappears. 

Ink stains

To remove ink stains, try using a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. Use the cotton swab to gently rub directly on the spot, so the alcohol doesn’t spread the stain onto the surrounding leather. If the stain persists, another trick you can try is applying a layer of oil-free non-gel cuticle remover. If this doesn’t work either, your best option is to buy an ink remover specifically designed to clean leather and use it according to the directions.

How can I get some of Dublin’s best leather couch cleaning services?

If you’d rather spend your free time enjoying a walk in Iveagh Gardens, instead of researching and trying out DIY cleaning solutions, Emerald Carpet Cleaning is the go-to company for you. 

Our services are at your disposal 7 days a week and we offer a 200% satisfaction guarantee. By the time our experienced cleaners are done with it, your couch will look and smell as good as new. Give us a call today!