Tips for Cleaning Leather Couches

cleaning your leather couchCleaning up your couches may be difficult at first because you cannot simply wipe it with a cloth. Some chemicals can ruin beautiful leather couches. You can clean those stubborn leather materials every three months or so. If you still do not feel like doing it regularly, you can do it twice a year. Here are some tips that can help you clean your leather couches carefully.

Steps for Cleaning Leather Couches

•  You can either use homemade cleaning materials for your leather couch or choose the recommended solutions by a manufacturer.

•  Aside from this, you can use the vacuum cleaner when cleaning leather surfaces of your furniture. Make sure to use a soft brush attachment to absorb all the dirt into the grooves. Otherwise, the grime will just be returned once you wipe it down with the cleaning solution.

•  For more sustainable cleaning schedules, you can just use a regular feather duster and a clean cloth to wipe down your couch.
Wipe down any liquid spills as quickly as you can. Having to wait for too long will allow the liquid to dry up into the dye itself leaving spots.

•  If you like, you can always ask a professional for help. This action will ensure the success of the cleaning endeavor instead of you just experimenting.

•  For light stains, you can use a damp cloth mixed with a mild soap with all-natural ingredients. Using harsh chemicals will cause the leather to dry up and become damaged.

•  For mold and mildew, spray the couch with a mixture of vinegar and water. As much as possible, use small amounts of fluid. The vinegar will serve as a disinfectant that will fight off the mold and mildew.

•  Use any particular brands of leather cleaners from the store for heavy stains. It is better to be safe than sorry.

•  When designing your room, put the leather couch as far away from the window as possible. Prolonged exposure to the sun will cause discoloration in the material.

As much as possible, use highly recommended cleaning materials for leather. Not doing so will strip the natural oils of the leather away, which will cause it to dry out and eventually crack. Yes, leather is indeed long lasting. However, you should still be careful when maintaining the couch because it is absorbent. When cleaning your leather, focus on the parts where attention is most necessary. Remember that less is more when dealing with leather materials in the house.

6 Step DIY Paint Removal

Homeowners are faced with several options when it comes to performing paint removal the right way. There are guidelines you can follow that will help to determine the amount of paint that needs to be removed that will make the job quicker, as well as much easier too.

natural paint remover1.) Figure out what material is under the paint

If you have drywall sitting under the paint, for example, the last thing you’ll want to use is a toxic paint remover made out of harsh chemicals. All this will do is destroy the drywall. Instead, grab some sandpaper or an electric sander and go at it the manual way, being careful not to push too hard. On the other hand, if you’re removing paint from crown molding or baseboards, then you should resort to using the chemicals because the sander will change the lines and shape of the molding.

2.) Clean up the surface paint

Clean the surface paint with some sort of degreasing agent, such as liquid dish soap or 409 cleaner. Rinse away the detergent or cleaner with water and let it air dry for a day.

edging tape3.) Use edging tape

You’ll next want to take painter’s tape and tape the edges off where you’ll be sanding or spraying, thus keeping away from areas that you don’t want to change.

4.) Chemical paint removal

There are several paint removers that we recommend, all of which are environmentally friendly, so don’t think you have to use something that’s toxic. Simply perform a quick Google search for such a product. Once you have it in hand, spray it onto the surfaces that you want to remove paint from and let it sit for a half hour. Once the time has passed, grab some old rags and wipe it up. Any paint that wasn’t dissolved by the paint remover should be scraped off with a putty knife. Try not to let anything get in your eyes.

5.) Get your home ready for sanding

Remove any valuables from the walls, and get the furniture out. Use Visqueen on doorways so molecules don’t get transferred from room to room.

6.) Sand

We suggest renting an electric sander from a hardware store or equipment rental facility. Start with a pretty coarse sandpaper. After you’re done sanding, sweep up or wipe down the sanded surfaces so you can see how well it worked. Then, go over these same surfaces again with a less coarse sandpaper, and repeat. This should take off all the paint pretty easily. Lastly, use a super-fine grit paper to smooth out and polish the sanded surfaces so they’re ready for the new paint.

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