As a delicate material, leather can not be cleaned with a simple wet cloth or harsh cleaning liquids, which can damage leather.
For everyday cleaning, wipe your couch down with a dry cloth or dust it with a feather duster. A vacuum cleaner is also effective for a quick, top-to-bottom cleaning job.
Keep your leather furniture out of direct sunlight as intense exposure to the sun can prematurely age and dry out the leather. Ageing leather leads to discolouration and cracking. Keep your leather furniture at least two feet away from any heaters, firesides or air conditioning sources to prevent the leather from drying out.
If your leather furniture gets stained or has food or drinks spilt on it, make sure you clean the blemish immediately. This is to ensure that any liquid from the stain doesn’t get absorbed by the leather, which could cause a permanent mark. The correct way to do this is through blotting the liquid as quickly as possible. Do not wipe the blemish away as this could spread the stain and force it deeper into the leather.
To remove mildew from your leather furniture, use a combination of equal portions of water and rubbing alcohol. For permanent marker stains, spray aerosol hairspray on the affected area. Ink stains can also be removed with rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab.
For dark coloured stains on light leather furniture, apply a mixture of one part lemon juice and one part cream of tartar. Apply this paste to the affected area and let it sit for ten minutes. After the waiting period, wipe the paste off with a sponge.