How to Clean a Leather Couch

Aaahhh! The comforts of a leather couch. Just put your feet up with a cool drink in one hand and the newspaper in the other and you’re good to go. But wait! Do you really think that’s all there is to it? Take a closer look at your couch. When is the last time it’s been cleaned? Yeah, I know, these things tend to add up when they require professional care. Let me share with you some inexpensive tried and true tricks on how to clean a leather couch so that you can enjoy a comfy and clean leather couch.

Moisturizing Soap and Water

Using a homemade solution of a moisturizing soap, such as Dove body wash and water, is great for an overall cleaning of leather. Just simply dip a soft cloth into the solution, wring out well and apply it lightly to the leather surface. Better to buff it away than to rinse it, since too much water can cause damage to leather. Moisturizing soaps like Dove are the least abrasive and you will see the same result on your leather couches as you would on dry skin.


Wipes are another really great way to get that couch real clean. You can buy wipes that are made for the specific purpose of cleaning leather, but in a pinch, you can use plain old baby wipes as well! If you go with baby wipes, be sure to use ones that labeled “For Sensitive Skin”. These are the best since they are very soft and they will work wonders on leather. For some reason, a lot of the store brand wipes aren’t as soft, so you should try to aim for a name brand, such as Pampers, instead.

Baking Soda

I’m sure you’ve got some baking soda around in your house. As always, baking soda can serve a great cleaning agent. Mix up a solution consisting of one cup of salt water (3/4 cup of tap water and 1/4 cup of sea salt), two tablespoons of baking soda, and one teaspoon of flour. Dip a wet rag into the baking soda mixture and wipe down the couches with firm but gentle strokes. Afterward, dry the leather surface with a dry rag. This method will clean even the dirtiest of couches, giving them a bright look.

Now you have these tips under your belt on how to clean a leather couch, so go ahead and try them! Whether you use the soap and water method, wipes, or baking soda, your end result will be a beautiful, clean, and comfy couch. After that, you can treat yourself to that cool drink and newspaper which you definitely deserve!

Betsy Cline

Betsy Cline has been a professional house cleaner for 15 years and also a mother of 4 amazing kids (who make lots of messes). She is the founder of How to Clean It and loves to share tips and advice for cleaning up anything life throws at you.

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