The best way to clean leather furniture is to do it gently, the gentler your cleaning method the better. Using harsh cleansers can leave stains on leather which is counterproductive. This is especially true for aniline leather which can become stained easily as it does not have a protective layer on top.
Save your furniture manufacturer's instructions and follow them for the care and cleaning of your furniture. Those instructions are targeted towards the specific type of leather used in your furniture.
When there are no instructions, the single best and simplest way to clean leather is with a small amount of very mild soap, such as Dove or Ivory. Always remember to test first in an inconspicuous spot and allow to dry.
Clean any stains as soon as possible before they have had a chance to set
To clean leather gently, and to remove most leather stains:
- Use a clean, soft, absorbent cloth.
- Dampen the cloth with water. Do not overly wet the cloth, because doing that can leave water stains on your leather furniture. The cloth just needs to be damp. Sometimes just spraying water on to the rag with a spray bottle is enough.
- Apply a small amount of soap to the damp cloth and work it into a lather.
- Using the cloth, work the cleaner into the leather very gently.
- Absorb any excess moisture with a clean dry cloth.