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Common Questions About The Best Leather Cleaner

What do most homeowners consider to be the best leather cleaner?

There are a number of traditional methods that homeowners rely on to handle this particular type of furniture, but they only provide mixed success at best. Some may think that rubbing alcohol, vinegar and various over the counter substances can provide some benefits to the furniture. However, some of these substances, like formulated wipes or saddle soap, can actually do damage to the furniture, even though they are marketed as viable treatment options.

What do professionals consider to be the best leather cleaner?    

Professionals, with their extensive training and experience, have access to solutions specifically designed for leather furniture. Professionals trained through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) are taught the most current methods and introduced to the most effective treatment solutions available. The IICRC’s Leather Cleaning Technician (LCT) course also teaches students how to identify different soiling conditions and leather types, and how these different material types should be handled.

In general, professionals use alkaline free solutions that create ample foam. This foam breaks down oil and soil and suspends them. This makes the dirt, grime and other debris easy to remove. Professionals also have conditioning products that don’t leave behind any residue, which is a common problem with store-bought products.

Why is it so important to use the best leather cleaner possible on furniture?

This furniture is extremely sensitive to harsh substances, and using the wrong product can discolor the material, destroy the finish, or dry it out. Furniture made of fabric is designed to absorb water and resist abrasion. Because this material is made from preserved animal hide, it has to be treated with a protective finish that keeps the material healthy and supple.

If the finish is accidentally stripped from the material, it can leave a sticky feeling behind or cause the material to deteriorate rapidly. For example, many people use baby wipes when removing dirt or stains from furniture. Baby wipes, though, can strip the finish, causing more harm than good.

It is also important to condition the material regularly, but some over the counter conditioners contain oils or waxes. Saddle soap is a popular option for treating this furniture, but it too contains oils. Oils and waxes do not dry off of leather, so it can leave behind a greasy or sticky residue that’s almost possible to remove.

How do professionals treat leather furniture?

Certified professionals will first remove any loose dirt or debris that could abrade the furniture during thorough treatment. This is done with a powerful vacuum that draws the soil out. Once this is done, they will test the solution on a small, discreet patch of the furniture to ensure it won’t do any damage. The solution is then applied and rubbed into the furniture until it foams, then removed after given a brief time to sit. When the entire piece of furniture is treated in this way and dried off properly, the technician will condition the material and apply a finish if needed. This will ensure the furniture ages well and will last for years to come.

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