Cleaning a Leather Sofa

End of a leather sofa with a lapton on seat.
Leather furniture can lend an elegant touch to your home decor. It is, however, an expensive investment. Keeping your leather sofa clean can be a challenge. Improperly cleaning leather can result in noticeable damage. This is a page about cleaning a leather sofa.


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April 2, 2010

To clean a leather settee, don't buy all the expensive cleaning products, buy some soap that you wash your hands with. Get a bucket of warm water, wet the soap and rub the soap onto the leather with a wet cloth it brings out all the dirt, etc.

I did this on my mum's settee, and it shines like new. When you have put the soap on, don't forget to get a dry cloth to polish it dry, and get the soap off thoroughly! Try it and trust me, soap works wonders!

Thanks for reading my tip.

Source: Saw this tip on "How Clean Is Your House" and gave it a go. It really works!

By Nat from Stoke on Trent

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February 1, 2010

Include your leather sofa in your weekly house cleaning. A basic vacuum and wipe over will reduce oil and dirt build up.

By COLORCARE from Malaga, Spain

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December 4, 2014

I had large globs and spray spots of white house paint that had dried for months on a new gray leather couch. It took me about thirty minutes to remove all the paint using the vehicle leather wipes. I rubbed each paint spot lightly and consistently while using the wettest portion of each wipe, and switching them out when needed.

The white paint began to break down and then flake or rub off. There was no damage to my leather couch, and it's probably better off for the conditioning from the wipes.

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January 22, 2010

Using a small cell sponge to clean your leather. It will give the same advantage as using a foaming cleaner. Rinse it well.

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May 29, 2002

I have a white leather sofa and my dog got sick on it while I was at work and so now it has a yellow stain on it. I have tried tooth paste and also baking soda to remove the stain, but no luck. Is there any thing else that I can try?

Louise from Port Angeles, WA


May 30, 20020 found this helpful

try lemon juice and salt, then put it out in the sun for several hours to remove the stain.

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May 30, 20020 found this helpful

I meant to say leave the lemon juice and salt on it while setting it out in the sun.

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June 5, 20020 found this helpful

Try a little saddle soap or another leather cleaner, but first read the label regarding its safety for use on your particular kind of leather. You may also try removing the stain with lukewarm water and a gentle shampoo. If the finish is getting thin on the leather, touch it up with a little white baby shoe polish.


- Susan

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By Luis Rosa (Guest Post)
March 20, 20050 found this helpful

My son marked the sofa with a black sharpie ,i try to cleaned i got most of it out but i notice the first coat it start to come off How can i painted back (bone white)

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By noemi (Guest Post)
June 8, 20050 found this helpful

hey,i spilled white ot on the beige leather sear in my car. how would i remove it?

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By bleached (Guest Post)
August 31, 20050 found this helpful

i just got a beige leather sofa, and it looks like someome spilled bleach on it . how do i get the bleach stain out?

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September 27, 2014

area where dye was removedI have no idea what took the color out of my leather couch on the head area. I wiped down the entire couch with the cleaner provided by manufacturer and it took the color off the head area only.

By Dave


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September 29, 20140 found this helpful

It is obviously not the cleaner, but whatever hair products that you have been using. I don't think there is anything that can be done about this.


You'll just have to put an afghan over it. In the olden days doilies were hung over the back of sofas to keep hair cream off of the upholstery.

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July 24, 2012

How do I clean mildew off a leather settee? I have tried Stardrops; this does not work. I also tried furniture polish; this did not work.

By Julia


May 1, 20150 found this helpful

It can not be done. Don't put your family at risk. Throw it away.

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December 12, 2016

Gel decorations meant for glass were put on the arm of my leather couch. I now have multicolored fall leaves impreganated on the arm. I tried baby wipes, but the gel decorations seem to have left a hard film over the dye that the wipe cannot penetrate.

Oh, and I also tried a dab of paint thinner to no avail. Any other ideas?Removing Dye Stains on Leather Couch


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December 13, 20160 found this helpful

I rather like the leaf stains, and I'd just go with them. I can't think of anything that won't harm the leather, sorry. Avoid alcohol, acetone and ammonia - and these are just the things that might work!


So I'd rather have a pretty pattern than damaged leather.

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June 13, 2014

I have a light color leather couch and can't find anything that will clean it without harming the leather.

By ram


June 15, 20140 found this helpful

Try a feed store or Tack (for horses) shop and get saddle soap, jsut follow directions. It's made for cleaning leather safely. Yes it does involve getting the leather wet, and, you may need to get Neets foot oil or another leather conditioner and, a protective spray to keep the sofa soft, and, minimize future cleanings but, it won't change to color or damage the leather.

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August 15, 2009

Are cream colored leather sofas hard to keep clean? We are purchasing one next week and I am worried about keeping it clean? How it will wear, being that it is cream colored?

By theresa mack from Montalba, TX


August 16, 20090 found this helpful

I have had a cream leather sofa for about ten years and find it very easy to care for. I simply dust it with a dry cloth most of the time. Any spots may be easily wiped off, I use a damp cloth, not wet!


I assume you could use leather soap or cleaner, but I have never found it to be necessary. I hope this helps you.

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January 29, 2009

I slept on my newer dark leather couch and got very hot with a black t-shirt on. When I woke up, ink from my shirt was imprinted on the couch. Please somebody give me an idea of how to remove this.

Rocky from Tennessee


January 30, 20090 found this helpful

Hello Rocky,

In regards to your leather stained sofa seeing that it is new, did you purchase a warranty on stains? If so, my advise would be to contact your warranty service and have this taken care of professionally and leave the problem in their hands. If you had not purchased a warranty then the problem lies on you.


My suggestion to you is you need to know what type of leather you own. Is it Aniline, Protected (pigmented)or Nubuck? Once your leather is identified then you can proceed with the correct steps in removing the transfer of silkscreen ink from your shirt.
If your leather is (Aniline):
Step 1. Strong Cleaner
Step 2. Leather Protection Cream
Dry between steps with hair dryer
If problem persists use: (Soft Remover/Cleaner)
Always finish job with Protection Cream

If your leather is (Protected/Pigmented):
Use the same steps as Aniline

If your leather is (Nubuck):
Step 1. Use Nubuck Cloth
Step 2. Apply Leather Degreaser
Step 3. Foam Cleaner
Step 4. Use Nubuck Cloth
Step 5. Apply Eco Protector
Dry in between steps with hair dryer
If problem persists call our service for
additional help (203) 734-5343
or email:
Supreme Care Leather Services

Please Note!
All products mentioned above are developed by Leather Master and can be purchase through us
as well as any additional free advise.
Sincerely Mark
Customer Care

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November 20, 2014

I have dark perspiration stains on my buckskin couch. How do I remove them?

By Anabel A

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January 21, 2013

I have a cream colored Italian leather sofa that needs to be cleaned. What is the best way?


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January 21, 2013

I have a cream colored Italian leather sofa that needs to be cleaned. What is the best way?


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September 1, 2011

How do you clean a cream leather sofa? What can I use other than leather cleaner?

By Marian

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