How to Clean a Leather Couch

Between inevitable spills, stains, and pulls, fabric couches are truly a recipe for disaster. Leather couches, on the other hand, are fairly easy to care for — as long as you act fast. Of course, sometimes you won’t notice a spill, scratch, or tear quick enough. That’s where this guide on how to clean a leather couch from the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab comes in handy.

While it’s best to keep your couch away from direct sunlight and sharp objects (ahem, your dog’s claws) on a daily basis to prevent extensive damage, these easy-to-follow instructions are helpful when you need to tackle tricky stains, scuffs, and anything else that has made your furniture lose its natural shine.

How to Clean a Leather Couch

You should regularly wipe down your couch with a microfiber cloth to get rid of crumbs or dirt, but follow this step-by-step guide on an as-needed basis—a.k.a. when you notice any glaring stains or scratches.

  1. One small area at a time, work a leather cleaner, like GH Seal star Weiman Leather Cleaner and Conditioner or Furniture Clinic Leather Care Kit, or mild soap into the leather with a soft, damp cloth.
  2. Rinse with another damp
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