04th June 2018

Tips to keep your leather sofa looking its best

Burlington Leather Loveseat

Leather sofas are known for their durability which is why they are a great investment. However, like any prized item in your household, your leather sofa requires regular care to remain in top shape.

We’ve answered some of the most common leather sofa care questions with expert advice on how to remove grease, stains and household germs from your leather sofa to keep it looking brand new.

What do you polish a leather sofa with?

To keep your leather sofa looking healthy and new, you need to keep it regularly moisturised – just like your own skin! If you are looking for an easy DIY polishing solution for your sofa, mix 1 small cup of white vinegar with 2 small cups of linseed oil and apply to the surface of the leather. Once completely absorbed, just use a soft cloth to buff the leather and you’ll have a shiny and clean Chesterfield sofa.

How to clean a leather sofa at home?

The first thing to do before cleaning your leather sofa is to read the cleaning instructions in the label – this is a crucial step because certain cleaning methods might cause damage to the material. If no information is provided, contact the manufacturer to find out the recommended cleaning method for your leather sofa.

For our leather Chesterfield sofas, we recommend a daily dust down with a lint-free cloth, a weekly warm water wash and soft cloth polish of the leather finish, as well as a monthly treatment with a leather clean and feed product which prevents your sofa’s surface from cracking and dying.

Every four months deep clean your leather sofa with soapy water and give your sofa a gentle clean. If you want a light protective finish, apply a coat of olive oil to the leather using a microfiber cloth. When you have done this, leave it for 50 minutes then wipe it off with a rag.

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How to remove stains from leather sofas?

The best course of action in the event of your leather sofa getting stained with anything from ink to food grease is wiping the stain away with a damp cloth and a mild soap, such as saddle soap. Take care that the cloth is not too wet to prevent it from leaving water marks on the material. Once the stain has been properly cleaned, apply a leather conditioner to keep the sofa moisturised.

Milton Highback Leather Chair

Will a radiator damage a leather sofa?

Direct heat from radiators, as well as direct fires, laptops and even hot cups will mark or discolour your leather on your Chesterfield sofa. We also advise you keep your leather furniture away from direct sunlight, as this can cause discolouration.

How long should a leather sofa last?

Famed for their longevity, quality leather sofas from trusted manufacturers like ourselves should last a long time, provided you take good care of them. All Thomas Lloyd pieces come with a 5-year frame guarantee and a 2-year guarantee against any defects in material or manufacture.

However, if you care for your leather furniture from day one, using solutions that are designed to protect and enhance the look of the material, your leather sofa will last even longer, and look good as new!

Thomas Lloyd Leather Care Kit

How do I get rid of any unpleasant smells on my leather sofa?

Leather is renowned for trapping strong smells such as pet odours and cigarette smoke. Luckily for homeowners, there are a number of ways to prevent and eliminate unpleasant smells. Dab a soft cloth in some baby oil and then wipe the leather with it. Not only will this make your leather sofa smell fresh, but it will also preserve the leather.

There are also a variety of cleaning products available that have been specifically designed to prevent and eliminate even the worst of smells. Before using any cleaning products it’s important that you do a spot test on a small patch of the leather to make sure that it doesn’t react to the chemicals within the product.

Browse our full range of Thomas Lloyd leather sofas and furniture collections, including arm chairs and foot stools. 

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