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How to Remove Stains from Leather Furniture

by Emily Lloyd

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Brown leather sectional couch

Things You Need:

  • Q-Tips
  • Clean cloth
  • Liquid hair spray
  • Leather cleaning solution
  • Nail polish remover
  • White bread

Investing in fashionable and stylish leather furniture like leather sofas and loveseats is a great feeling. However, leather furniture is susceptible to scratches and stains. These stains are unsightly, and sometimes you're not even the one who stained your leather sofa or loveseat. Maybe visiting children re-decorated your leather sofa with a pen or marker, or maybe a guest accidently spilled his drink on your leather loveseat. A quick message written on your hand in ink can be easily transferred to your leather furniture. Below is a guide on how to remove stains from leather furniture to make your life a little easier.

Leather Furniture Stain Removal:

  1. Markers and ink. There is a debate as to whether or not it's safe to use products containing alcohol on leather furniture. Consult the directions that came with your leather furniture; some products may remove the leather finish rather than the stain, so be sure to test your solution in an inconspicuous place, like on the underside of a leather sofa or loveseat cushion before placing it on the stain. For fresh ink marks, you can use a liquid hair spray if you're sure the spray is non-oily. Some people have had success removing stains from their leather sofas and loveseats with nail polish remover. To avoid excess soakage of your leather loveseat or sofa, use a Q-tip and gently work at the stain. Once you're finished, make sure to dry off your leather furniture and then condition your leather sofas and loveseats to restore their original luster.

  2. Food. It's best if you can treat the stain when it's fresh, especially on leather sofas and loveseats. First, try gently wiping the leather furniture with a damp cloth and mild soap. If the stain is greasy, try to absorb as much of it as possible as quickly as possible by blotting the stain with a clean cloth. Next, dump a generous amount of white talcum powder on the spot and let it sit overnight. The talcum powder should pull the grease out of the leather.

  3. Liquid. Immediately blot the stain to keep it from soaking deeper into the leather fabric. A handy trick to remove water is to get a piece of white bread and roll it into a ball and blot the stain with it.

  4. Paint. Removing paint from leather sofas and loveseats is difficult. Most solutions used to remove paint will also remove the pigment from your leather furniture. You can try water and mild soap if the paint is water based. If you're feeling confident, wait until the paint is completely dry and use rubbing alcohol or non-oil nail polish with a Q-tip. To be absolutely safe, it would be best to consult a professional.

  5. Smells. Pets are loveable, but they sometimes cause furniture problems. If your dog or cat has gotten in the bad habit of marking your leather sofa and loveseat, there are products, usually sold in pet stores, which will specifically target the smells in leather furniture. Follow the directions on the product.

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