How to Clean and Condition a Leather Sofa

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If you have a leather sofa in your home, have you ever given it a good clean?

This is something that can typically be overlooked as leather sofas don’t tend to look dirty, especially if they are a darker color.

The truth is, they can get pretty grimy… especially if you have pets or little kids that enjoy snacks with their movies.

Read below to find out how I like to safely clean and condition my leather sofa in one easy step!

Here is my sofa beforehand. I just want to start out by saying that this sofa is over 15 years old and does have some natural discoloration and wear from over the years. This sofa gets TONS of daily use so I typically like to clean and condition it every few months.

Here is a good close up of what the leather on the seats looks like before. There are several stains, and the leather looks dry.

Every time my sofa starts looking like this it has me thinking that it might be time to replace it, but I am always pleasantly surprised by the end results!

Before I even get to cleaning the leather, I like to remove all of the cushions and give everything a good vacuum.

To make the leather cleaning solution, all you will need is a mild baby soap and warm water.

Fill a large bowl with warm water and add a few squirts (approximately 1 tsp) of baby soap. Give the water a little swish to make sure the soap is evenly incorporated.

The reason I like to use baby soap is that it is extremely gentle on the leather and the oils in it act as a conditioner. It also requires no rinsing!

Dip a clean microfiber cloth into the cleaning solution, and then wring out as much water as possible. It is important not to get the leather too wet as this will cause it to dry out.

After just a few wipes you can see how much dirt I was able to clean off. I like to use several microfiber cloths while cleaning my sofa to avoid dipping the dirty cloth into the clean bowl of water.

Once you have wiped down the entire couch, let it air dry and enjoy!

I am always amazed at how good the couch looks once I’m done. It looks completely revived, and I would almost say as good as new!

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  • Jessica Evanson Jessica Evanson on May 05, 2022

    Amazing!!!! Makes me wanna go buy a leather sofa knowing it can be kept clean without alot of fuss!

  • Joan Joan on May 06, 2022

    Will this work on brushed leather (kidskin)?

  • Kalpana Kalpana on May 19, 2022

    Hello, can we use this trick to clean my artificial leather sofa?

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  • Jean5504 Jean5504 on May 08, 2022

    I did try the baby shampoo on my leather sofa and love seat and I was amazed at how dirty the water and my cloth got. I usually use a damp rag and wash it off with that but I see now it wasn’t doing the trick. Thank you for the tip. I’m going to continue using the baby shampoo.

  • Angela Bolan Angela Bolan on May 18, 2022

    I was about to throw out a nice leather couch and love seat, a light yellow. I tried every product out there and nothing worked. I am going to try this trick to keep my furniture!! Wish me luck and Thank you!!

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