White leather is an excellent choice for many homes and even vehicles. It feels fantastic and looks even better. In fact, it’s hard to beat the clean, yet elegant, lines of a leather couch.
Unfortunately, anything white is prone to being marked and this can lead to it looking faded, shabby, and even dirty. That’s not a desirable outcome!
The good news is that you can clean white leather effectively. However, it is best to do this regularly to ensure it stays looking great. If you haven’t cleaned your white leather couch or other garment in a while then it’s a good idea to get a firm specializing in leather sofa cleaning to do it for you. They will restore it to as new condition!
DIY Liquid Cleaner
There are plenty of great leather cleaners on the market and you can simply purchase one of those. However, if you prefer to know what you are putting on your white leather item, it’s a good idea to make your own. This will also ensure it doesn’t contain any chemicals that could damage the leather.
A simple DIY liquid mix is two parts white vinegar and one part linseed oil. This doesn’t just cream, it lubricates the leather, helping to keep it soft and supple.
Using the Liquid Cleaner
If you have purchased a ready-made cleaner then the instructions will be on the bottom. However, you should note that applying too much liquid to any leather item is likely to result in the leather being over-saturated and a visible waterline will appear. That’s virtually impossible to eliminate.
Instead, use a clean micro-fiber cloth and dab it in the cleaning liquid. This helps to prevent you from using too much.
The cloth, with cleaner, can then be used on your white leather. It’s important to be gentle and use circular motions. Deep stains take lots of circular motions, scrubbing harder is not beneficial.
You don’t need to rinse the DIY cleaner off, simply buff the white leather until it is clean and shiny. If this doesn’t work then wait a short period for your leather to dry and then repeat. It will come off after two or three attempts.
Skip The Liquid
If the thought of applying any liquid to your white leather terrifies you then you may prefer to use a cleaning sponge. These are small sponges that you purchase ready to use. They are particularly effective against scuffs and pen ink!
The above techniques work for most things but you may find yourself facing a greasy or oily stain. In this instance, you need to use talcum powder or cornstarch.
Gently blot the stain with a clean cloth and then sprinkle the talc onto the area. The powder absorbs the oil, all you have to do is leave it to sit for a while. After five minutes, brush the talc off. If the stain is still visible add more talc and repeat the process.
The result is gleaming white leather, just as it should be.