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How to Green Clean Your Leather Sofa and Save Money

By Edited Jun 27, 2014 0 0

This brown sofa will still look great even in more traditional interior

This beige sofa will still look great even in more traditional interior

Leather - wonderful interior choice

Leather is wonderful choice for your couch' s upholstery. It looks elegantly, goes well with almost any kind of other furniture so you can combine it with other interior styles. It is quite easy to maintain leather sofa, although it has some subtleties.

The main you have to know about maintaining your sofa is that usually thorough wiping with damp cloth and conditioning on regular bases keep your sofa clean with good as-new look. If the leather is qualitative this should be enough to maintain your sofa. Good leather gets even more beautiful when growing old. 

Linseed Oil is superb conditioner for leather

linseed oil

Recipes for Green Leather Conditioners

As the time passes by natural oils that leather contains start to dry out and regular conditioning is a must for proper maintenance. There are a lot of commercial conditioners on the market today but why should you spend money for such when you can make perfect, green conditioner on our own. Here are some of recipes for DIY eco-friendly conditioners, containing ingredients that can be easily found in your kitchen's cabinets.

There are many different recipes of home made leather green moisturizers but I suggest these there, which I found over the Internet, that are proven to work with excellent result:

  1. Baby soap conditioner: for this recipe you will need a tablespoon of smooth soap, few drops of essential oil and one liter warm water. If your leather couch is getting darker you can add few drops of lemon juice. Melt the soap (the fastest easiest way is to put it for few seconds in microwave). Mix melted soap and other ingredients in a bottle. Apply the solution on dry clean cloth and wipe thoroughly whole surface of your leather sofa. Leave the windows in this room wide opened and let the sofa undisturbed until it dries completely.

  2. Lemon juice conditioner: This recipe is used for darkened leather, so it can refresh it's look. You will need lemon juice and linseed oil. Some people replace lemon, with vinegar but I prefer the fresh smell of the lemon. Mix in a bowl in proportion 1:2. If you want you can add few drops of your favorite essential oil to flavor the conditioner. When all ingredients are blended well apply on clean dry towel and polish your le4ather couch's surface.

  3. Bee wax conditioner: You will need bee wax and linseed oil in proportion 1:1. Heat the bee wax to melt it and mix with linseed oil in a bowl. Here you can also add essential oil to flavor the conditioner according to your taste. Put on clean dry cloth or towel and rub gently onto the leather as you were doing massage. Let it stay like this for a few minutes and after that remove the redundant with dry clean cloth of soft paper towel. You can successfully replace bee wax with liquid paraffin. 

Using this simple recipes you can keep your leather sofa moisturized and supple.

Don't panic - there is a green way to remove chewing gum from your leather sofa

chewing gum on leather sofa

DIY Stain Removals for Leather

Cleaning of leather couch usually is the easiest thing to do – you just have to wipe off the dust from time to time with damp cloth and let it dry completely. But situation dramatically changes when stain occurs. There's no need to explain to you that regular stain removing product won't work properly on leather. But there are actually some DIY formulas that can remove some of the nastiest stains from leather sofa.

Removing chewing gum from leather

This is one of the toughest stains for leather, but there is a cure – remove the excess gum using plastic scraper. Mix warm water and soap to get thick suds. Some people even use foam dispensing container. Damp clean towel or cloth and wipe the area. Wipe with clean cloth. If the chewing gum is still there put some peanut butter or vegetable oil on a dry cloth and rub onto the affected area. Grease should remove the residues. Wipe with soft paper towel to remove the butter or the oil.

Removing pet urine from leather

Although pet are our good friends and companions accidents happen and their urine can damage your leather sofa if you don't take care of it immediately. Also leather easily absorbs odours so you will need to deodorize it after removing the urine.

First recipe for pet caused stains is to mix water, vinegar and baking soda. You will need to soak the urine first and then apply the solution onto the affected area. Let it stay like this for a while and wipe with damp cloth. Let the sofa dry completely to prevent it from mold growth.

Second recipe is mixture of soap, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Blend them together and apply onto the area. Let the solution on the sofa for half hour and dry with clean cloth or soft paper towel.

Some people use thick suds from soap and warm water. Rub gently the foam onto the affected area. After while rinse with clean water and let the sofa dry.

You need to know that after every time you wet the sofa it is good to apply some conditioner in order to keep the leather elasticity. 

 

 

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