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Old 07-27-2010, 11:45 PM  
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I have leather furniture and I just use a hot damp rag to wipe it down. Just hot water no soap or anything. Ring it out really well and wipe it down. If you wanna spend tons of cash on special leather\vinal cleaners go right ahead. You can find them online. But the damp rag has never let me down..

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I've used saddle soap on leather upholstry on a number of occasions. I would stay away from any products that are not specifically designed for leather, as they can cause premature wear and/or cracking. Look for a good "leather conditioner" - it will most likely involve at least two steps (cleaning and then conditioning).



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You can use Leather Cleaners & Leather Conditioners, Leather Ink & Stain Removal, Leather Dyes & Leather Restoration for leather cleaning. Lexol Leather Cleaner is the best for leather cleaning. Its pH balance match with pH of leather. This preserves the leather's strength, durability and appearance.

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Great post! Thanks for sharing....

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mild soap and distilled water if what I use

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Cleaning leather yourself is thought to be risky. Traditional leather cleaners are very testy and are prone to causing more damage than good. It is often advised to test the cleaner on a small non-noticeable spot before cleaning the affected area of leather. This is because the chemical compounds in leather cleaner can discolor, remove color, or otherwise damage your leather product. Home-made remedies include using windex, nail polish remover, hair spray and toothpaste. These methods don’t usually work that well and I don’t think I would want to spray windex on my couch.

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One handy bit of tip for removing spots from leather is to dip a cotton swab into rubbing alcohol and rub the spot. This can work for removing ink spots also. If this doesn’t work, you can use non-oily cuticle remover.

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Instructions for Care and Cleaning


1. Dust your chair once a week with a soft, dry cloth.

2. Vacuum the chair at least once a month. Use a hose attachment to clean in crevices and hard-to-reach areas.

3.Contain spills quickly. Blot liquid spills with a clean towel. Buff the area dry with a separate cloth.

4.Keep use of water and soaps to a minimum. Leather resists stains, so a clean, dry cloth or slightly damp cloth will take care of most spots and spills. Avoid soaps, polishes and cleaning products, especially those containing solvents. If a cleaner is absolutely necessary, choose one specifically designed for leather.

5.Treat the leather a few times each year with a leather conditioner such as Leather CPR or Lexol. Some conditioners can leave a residue that attracts dust, so shop carefully and consult the chair manufacturer for recommended products, if necessary.

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6.Blot grease stains with a soft cloth.

7.Use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to tackle ink stains.

8.For dark stains on light-colored leather, mix equal parts lemon juice and tartar sauce. Apply the solution directly to the stains with a damp cloth. Wipe away the residue and pat the area dry.


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