How to Clean Leather Furniture

My Loves, I am very excited to share with y’all that my computer has been repaired and returned back to me. And I am very grateful for it to be fully functional and back in my possession.. however… there is a lesson to be learned from this seemingly drawn out mess. Make sure you back up all your files. I lost five months of photos. That is just the awesome-sauce to this whole debacle. So. Lesson learned.

Now. Let us move on.

I am pretty excited to share the topic of this post because I kind of feel like I scored the winning goal with this one. I  have my grandfather’s leather couch circa 1970. Yes, it is almost 45 years old but, remarkably in pretty good shape. Except there was one major, major problem. Our dearly departed Rider used to walk down the front of it and then plop down. He did this day in and day out for a while and it came to leave a major mark.

Dirty LeatherI did not know if I would ever be able to get this gross stain off my grandfather’s leather couch. So, when I found this pin on Pinterest, I knew I had to try it! The pinner suggests that you contact the furniture retailer to know for certain if your leather furniture  was made with finished or unfinished leather and if they had a preferred leather cleaner… um, in my situation, that was not going to happen.

So, I proceeded with caution.

So, this is what you do. Take some mild soap, like shampoo and suds it up!

baby shampoo bubbles

And then use the suds only, not the water, to clean the leather.

scrubbin' baby bubblesAnd it worked! It worked great! I had nothing to loose. My grandfather’s leather couch could live to see another day! Use a slightly damp cloth to go over the area you clean with your mild soap bubbles after you are finished cleaning.

My sidekick- he was very concerned not only with the stain but with the removal process as well. But, alas- all was well!

helperSo, what do you think- did I play the winning goal?

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Have you got a sentimental piece of furniture that needs some TLC? Tell us about it.

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  1. Gurl- That sofa is fabu. It is amazing how a classic never goes out of style… and that some pieces were made and meant to be used for lifetimes.

    • Thank you! It is a classic- and it is so precious to me because I have some very dear memories of my grandfather- we used to it Indian leg wrestle on it and we used to race to see who could get to it and jump on it the fastest. So, the couch is very precious to me. I am so glad I was able to get that nasty stain off of it!

  2. That looks FANTASTIC! Great job! I found you on Sweet Haute. If you are looking for new link parties, I have one that is live now through Saturday. I’d love to for you to stop by. Have a great holiday weekend!

    • Ginger- thanks for checking us out. I just took a little tour of Gingerly Made and I love it! Unfortunately, I am late to the linky party- but, I am adding you to my list and will absolutely be making an appearance in the very near future. -Coralie

  3. That looks really good! I desperately need to find a way to clan my leather couch and leather sofa! I haven’t deep clean them for few years and I can see how dirty and used they became through the years. Thanks for the tip! I will try it straight away!

    • Marsha, I’m glad you found this leather cleaning tutorial! It really did work great! Let us hear how it turned out for you. -Coralie

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