How to Clean and Condition a Leather Sofa

Wren’s Little Nest
by Wren’s Little Nest
2 Materials
15 Minutes

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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  • Mandy Mandy on May 03, 2023

    I definitely will try it thanks for sharing.

  • AydanMckee AydanMckee on Jan 30, 2024

    Cleaning and conditioning a leather sofa is crucial for maintaining its longevity and appearance. Even if your leather sofa is of a darker color, it can accumulate dirt and grime over time, especially if you have pets or young children. Regular cleaning not only keeps it looking good but also prolongs its life. Your tips are valuable!For those considering a new sofa, you can check out Designer Sofas 4 U for a wide selection of stylish and high-quality options. A well-maintained sofa from there can become the centerpiece of your living space, providing both comfort and elegance.