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8 Leather Upholstery Care and Cleaning Tips to Save Your Hide

Leather upholstery looks sharp and seems durable -- if properly cared for, it can even get better with age. Following these eight simple rules from "Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook" will ensure that your hide stays soft and sleek for years to come.

Photography by: Don Freeman
  • Keep it at least two feet away from heating vents or radiators, which will dry leather out.


  • Protect the upholstery from sun from windows or skylights, which will cause fading.


  • Dust weekly with a dry microfiber cloth or dust-brush tool attachment on your vacuum.


  • To keep wrinkles to a minimum, turn and fluff cushions weekly.


  • Never use soaps, detergents, dusting sprays, furniture polish, solvents, or oils.


  • Blot spills immediately with a soft, dry white cloth. To remove a stain, use a white cloth dampened with lukewarm water. Do not rub. Allow to air-dry (never hasten the process with a hair dryer). For stubborn stains, such as ink, call a professional leather upholstery cleaner.


  • Every three to six months, depending upon use, clean with commercial leather cleaner, such as Leather Master.


  • Never place newspapers or magazines on the upholstery; inks may bleed onto the leather, causing permanent damage.