8 Leather Upholstery Care and Cleaning Tips to Save Your Hide


Photography by: Don Freeman

  • Keep it at least two feet away from heating vents or radiators, which will dry leather out.


  • Protect the upholstery from sun from windows or skylights, which will cause fading.


  • Dust weekly with a dry microfiber cloth or dust-brush tool attachment on your vacuum.


  • To keep wrinkles to a minimum, turn and fluff cushions weekly.


  • Never use soaps, detergents, dusting sprays, furniture polish, solvents, or oils.


  • Blot spills immediately with a soft, dry white cloth. To remove a stain, use a white cloth dampened with lukewarm water. Do not rub. Allow to air-dry (never hasten the process with a hair dryer). For stubborn stains, such as ink, call a professional leather upholstery cleaner.


  • Every three to six months, depending upon use, clean with commercial leather cleaner, such as Leather Master.


  • Never place newspapers or magazines on the upholstery; inks may bleed onto the leather, causing permanent damage.