Spring is here! It’s about time too. For the next several months we live with our windows open and fresh air blowing through the house. It’s one of my favorite things about living here on the water.
Along with the fresh air comes lots and lots of natural light flooding into the house. It’s wonderful! All that wonderful bright light made it easier to see where my spring cleaning needed to start. yup, the white leather sofa.
I’m sharing how to clean white leather furniture, quickly and easily using home products that won’t break the bank.
For more cleaning tips read a list of my best house cleaning hacks.
Here’s that part where I show our dirty sofa..aw yuck! No, we don’t have little ones anymore which is why I thought I could finally have a white sofa! Clearly three aging furball pets can do just as much dirt damage!
Here’s how to clean white leather furniture without too much effort along with a list of the supplies you’ll need to get ready.
- bowl of warm water
- tablespoon Oxiclean or equivalent
- 1/2 teaspoon of Dawn dish detergent
- Magic Eraser or off brand
- clean cotton rags
- leather conditioner
Mix the Oxiclean, Dawn and water together. Using a clean rag, soak it in the cleaning mixture and wipe the leather gently. A toothbrush worked great in tight areas and on the stitching in heavier spotted areas.
On big areas like my cushions and armrests I used the Magic Eraser. Keeping the sponge almost drippy wet, lightly and gently wipe the surface. I followed up immediately behind with a water only damp clean cloth.
The key with the sponge is gentle and a very light touch. These sponges clean everything, we even use them on the deck of our boats ,so I didn’t want them to take the top finish off my leather by pressing too hard.
The entire sofa took maybe 30 minutes to thoroughly wipe down. Leather needs to be moisturized with a good conditioner to maintain it and keep it soft.
I followed up with a coat of a good leather protector and conditioner as soon as I finished cleaning my sofa.
I read several home recipes that called for olive oil and vinegar, to clean and condition leather, but I just couldn’t see putting olive oil on my white leather sofa.
Besides, a bottle of leather conditioner costs less than a bottle of good olive oil. I think I’ll keep my oil & vinegar on my salads..thank you very much!
My sofa looks brand new again.
I’ve waited years to have a white sofa and I want it to last. It’s good to know I can clean this baby in less than an hour which makes owning a white leather sofa a lot less intimidating!
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Now that I’ve shared how to clean white leather furniture and my own sofa is nice, bright and clean, I might have to start thinking about making some new pillows and adding in new color for the season. What do you think?
Get more house cleaning tips and my free checklist in my post The Best House Cleaning Checklist and Cleaning Hacks.
Do you have favorite leather conditioner you love? Do share with the rest of us if so!