It's easier than you think. 

By Rebecca Padron
Updated: May 01, 2019
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Leather lasts forever with the right amount of care and upkeep, so why not get the most bang for your buck and learn how to clean a leather couch to keep it looking shiny and brand new. To learn the proper technique, we reached out to John Mahdessian, president of world-renowned dry-cleaning service Madame Paulette, who walked us through the leather cleaning process. Leather maintenance tip number one? “Keep it away from the sun," Mahdessian says, so it won't fade. "Use home furniture polish on leather once a month to give it a nice finish," he adds. 

Once your leather is refreshed and renewed, it will last for years with regular maintenance. So how often do you need to clean a leather couch? Mahdessian recommends cleaning light-colored leather every six months and dark-colored leather once a year. Once you've learned the steps below, cleaning your leather couch will become a painless part of your regular cleaning routine. 

What You'll Need: 

  • Leather conditioner/cleaner (such as Chamberlain's Leather Milk, $17,
  • Mild dish soap 
  • Microfiber cloths 
  • Baking soda 

Follow These Steps: 

Note: Avoid applying harsh chemicals, like alcohol or leather shoe polish, which aren't intended for leather couches and can actually harm your furniture.