Cleaning / treating of leather sofa's

For all those who have leather sofa's, what do you use to clean and / or nourish the leather.

I've just got a lovely new leather sofa which replaced my last leather 3 pce suite of 13 years.

When I first had my other suite, I used to religiously clean and treat it with the (very expensive) products from the furniture shop, but I'm really wondering if it's necessary this time around.

I read somewhere that baby wipes are good for cleaning it.
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  • I sometimes use baby wipes to give mine a quick clean but someone told me they are not good for the leather - have two leather suites (a dear one and a cheap one!) and they don't appear to have suffered in any way at all.

    A lot of the time I use a leather cleaner spray from the Betterware catalogue (can also buy online) and lasts for ages! See link for details:

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  • kittiwozkittiwoz Forumite
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    My dad uses saddle soap to clean leather chairs and leather car seats and uses hide food to nourish them. You can buy both in tack shops or good hardware stores.
  • We use baby wipes to clean general dirt off ours and they work really well. if its really dirt neat washing up liquid rubbed on with a normal sponged then washed off and dried wi8th clean cloth works really well, plus most people have washing up liquid and sponges in their house.
    however our daughter (18months) discovered an uncapped black biro recently and i walked into the living room to discover she'd decided the sofa needed decorating. Any idea as to how to get this off would be great, as the sofa is a sage green type colour and its very obvious.
  • SpendiSpendi Forumite
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    im a saddle soap and microfibre cloth person

    I wipe with a damp microfibre cloth then use a little saddle soap to clean and nourish the leather - works a treat
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    We use baby wipes to clean general dirt off ours and they work really well. if its really dirt neat washing up liquid rubbed on with a normal sponged then washed off and dried wi8th clean cloth works really well, plus most people have washing up liquid and sponges in their house.
    however our daughter (18months) discovered an uncapped black biro recently and i walked into the living room to discover she'd decided the sofa needed decorating. Any idea as to how to get this off would be great, as the sofa is a sage green type colour and its very obvious.

    My little boy did just that to my last cream, leather sofa. :mad: I had a product from a kit called "ink away" which worked a treat.

    Having read a few threads on here today about cleaning leather sofa's, someone suggested hairspray for getting rid of biro. Don't know if it works, but it might be worth trying in an inconspicuous area.
  • lil_melil_me Forumite
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    I use hairspray a lot, probably me who posted it, great for the nasty won't budge stains and biro marks! Would suggest testing first and as with any cleaning advice always at your own risk.

    I have an expensive leather care kit made by Leather Master, in between use soap.
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  • Whats the best thing to use to clean a leather sofa ??

    Thanks in advance
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  • marbellamarbella Forumite
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    I have had my leather sofas for 9 year and there is not a break in the leather. I use LUX flakes in warm water and they come up lovely and it doesn't dry out the leather at all. Hope this helps.
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