How to Care for Your Leather Sofa

Identity Magazine for Mompreneurs
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Looking to purchase a leather sofa but unsure on the proper way to care for it? Check out this list of crucial dos and don’ts

A leather sofa is an iconic piece of furniture that immediately gives a space a sense of luxury, class, and sophistication. These timeless items can, if properly cared for, last for many, many years. They can look just as good many years after purchase due to their durability and robustness.

However, leather sofas do require a degree of extra care and attention to ensure they remain in a good condition and that they’ll last for years to come. We’ve put together a list of dos and don’ts when it comes to caring for your leather sofa, whether you own a classic Chesterfield or are looking at a leather sectional couch for sale. Keep reading to check it out.

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Dust and hoover your leather sofa just as you would with the rest of your home and other furniture. Dust, oil, and other irritants can build up on the leather and even cause it to degrade. Regular dusting and hoovering will keep this detritus off of your leather sofa and ensure it lasts for years.


If something gets spilled, don’t use harsh cleaning products, abrasive scrubbers, or furniture polish to clean your leather sofa as these can do irreparable damage to the material. Instead, use a clean sponge or damp cloth to blot up spills then dry the area immediately.


One of the best ways to care for a leather sofa and keep it in the best condition is by using a special leather protector. These products work by moisturizing and nourishing the material to keep it from drying out and cracking.


Leather is made from animal skin so must be treated in much the same way as we’d treat our own skin. This means that leather can be sensitive to extremes in both light and heat. This needs to be considered when you’re positioning your leather couch. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight or too near a fireplace or radiator as this can dry out, crack, and ultimately damage the leather.


If you’re using any kind of cleaning product on your leather sofa, leather protector included, always ensure to do a spot test on a small area before proceeding with a full clean. You can never be entirely sure how leather is going to react to certain chemicals, so testing a new product on a small, less-noticeable area can save you from any disasters in the future.


Be very careful with sharp objects near your leather sofa. Even things like jewelry or belts can cut and damage leather. If you have a cat that likes to scratch the furniture, train him to stop or keep him away from the leather sofa at all costs.


Purchasing a leather sofa for your home can be a fantastic way to add a touch of sophistication to your home. However, they do require a certain level of care to ensure they last and stay in good condition.

Dust and hoover it regularly, use a leather protector with a spot test ahead of time. Additionally, don’t use any harsh chemicals on it, keep it out of direct sunlight, and don’t let the cat near it!

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