A Mama's Guide on How to Clean a Leather Couch
December 26, 2023

A Mama's Guide on How to Clean a Leather Couch

We all want our homes to look clean and presentable, but when it comes to leather couches, it can be a little daunting to think about cleaning them. Leather furniture is notorious for being difficult to clean and frankly, it can be expensive to replace. But don't worry, MamaSuds is here to help.

While the task of cleaning a leather couch may initially seem overwhelming, with the appropriate tools and techniques, it can be simplified and performed effectively. For this purpose, one of the top recommended products is MamaSuds Liquid Castile Soap. This non-toxic Castile Soap acts as a gentle yet potent cleaner that is safe for both the user and the furniture.


The first step to using MamaSuds Liquid Castile Soap for cleaning your leather couch involves preparing a cleaning solution. This is done by combining a gallon of warm water with 1 tablespoon of the soap. The resulting solution is mild but effective, with the warm water working to enhance the soap's cleaning capabilities.


Next, immerse a soft, clean cloth in the soap solution, ensuring to squeeze out any excess until it is merely damp, not soaking wet. This is crucial as an overly saturated leather can incur damage. With the damp cloth, gently cleanse the leather surface. The soap in the solution binds itself to the dirt, thus efficiently removing it from the leather. To prevent streaking, wipe in circular motions.


Once cleaned, rinse the cloth with clean water, wring out the surplus, and wipe the couch again to get rid of any lingering soap residue. To remove as much moisture as possible, blot the area with a dry towel. Avoid letting the leather air dry as it could result in cracking or discoloration.


Post-cleaning, it is advisable to condition the leather to maintain its soft and pliable nature. This can be achieved using a premium leather conditioner as per the instructions provided by the manufacturer.

What to avoid:

Knowing what NOT to do when cleaning a leather couch is just as important as knowing what to do. Avoid using any harsh chemicals, such as bleach or ammonia. These can damage the leather and cause it to dry out. Also, avoid using too much water when cleaning your couch, as this can lead to water stains or fading of the leather. Avoid using abrasive cleaning tools, such as sponges or scrub brushes, as these can damage the surface of your leather.

Professional cleaning:

If your leather couch has stubborn stains or discoloration that won't come out with regular cleaning, you might need to consider professional cleaning. Look for a professional cleaning service that specializes in leather. They will have the right equipment and techniques to clean your couch effectively without damaging the leather. Professional cleaning can be pricey, so make sure you weigh the costs and benefits before making a decision.

Cleaning a leather couch can seem daunting, but with a little effort and the right techniques, you can keep your couch looking great for years to come. Next time you need to clean your leather couch, stick with natural ingredients and avoid harsh chemicals. Your leather couch will thank you for it!