Having a new sofa delivered is always exciting. You’ve paid good money to get the perfect sofa for your space, and it arrives looking pristine. If you’ve opted for leather, then you’ll also have the distinctive smell of leather, which takes time to fade.
Unfortunately, even the highest-quality sofas will fade and start to look grimy. The more you use them, the quicker this will occur. That’s why it’s essential that you follow these steps to clean and maintain your upholstered sofa.
It should be noted that leather sofas are more durable but need a little extra attention. It’s advisable to have them professionally cleaned by a specialist in leather sofa cleaning. You should have this done at least once a year.
The most effective way to deal with crumbs and other debris on your sofa is to vacuum it. You can do this daily or weekly. But, when you vacuum your upholstered sofa, make sure you use a dedicated attachment that won’t damage the leather. A soft brush is best and one that can get into all the nooks and crannies of your sofa.
2. Wipe It Down
After you’ve vacuumed your sofa, it’s a good idea to wipe it over. Preferably with a microfibre cloth. These attract dust and will help to remove any residual on your sofa. All you have to do is make sure the cloth is clean and dry, then slowly move it across each part of your sofa.
3. Deal With Spills Instantly
An essential part of maintaining an upholstered sofa is to deal with spills as fast as possible. It’s important to avoid scrubbing. Instead, put an absorbent paper on the spill. The liquid will soak up into the paper, and you replace it as it becomes saturated. This will absorb the excess and soak the liquid out of the sofa.
You’ll then be able to use some baking soda to absorb the rest of the moisture and then brush it off your sofa. If you’ve caught it quick enough, it shouldn’t leave a mark.
4. Use Leather Cleaning Products
As part of your regular sofa cleaning, you should invest in a quality leather cleaning product. This will remove dirt and help to restore the color of your leather. It’s important to choose one that matches your type of leather and to test it before you use it for the first time.
Follow the instructions on your chosen product, and you should be able to admire the results.
5. Condition Once A Year
Once a year, your leather will need deep conditioning with a specialized product. You’ll find these in your local store and can do it yourself after testing the product.
However, to ensure your sofa has the best possible care and lasts as long as possible, it’s advisable to let the professionals handle this part. They will help to keep your sofa looking like new, helping to ensure it lasts for years.