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How to clean a faux leather recliner

Faux leather recliners can provide an elegant feel to a room and have the same supple feel as real leather. It’s important to find the right way to clean and maintain faux leather’s durability. Cleaning a faux leather recliner is a simple task requiring some household items.

Brush around the recliner

The finish on your faux leather recliner can be scratched by dirt, dust, and other debris. On a weekly basis, clean it from top to bottom using your vacuum cleaner's gentle brush attachment. Lift the cushions and wipe beneath them. Go over any seams or tufted areas with the crevice attachment. If you want to deodorise your faux leather, dust it with baking soda and let it sit for half an hour before vacuuming.

Use a damp cloth and washing up liquid

To clean a faux leather recliner, use mild washing up liquid and warm water, then run over it with a damp cloth to avoid leaving a soapy film. Choose a soap that doesn't include antibacterial or degreasing chemicals, as they might cause faux leather to dry out. Although water won't harm faux leather, you should dry it with a fresh cloth to avoid water stains.


Rubbing alcohol

To remove stains, use a little rubbing alcohol and a lint-free cloth. Stains caused by colour transfer, e.g. sitting on the recliner in new jeans, may become permanent. If rubbing alcohol doesn't work, apply plain white vinegar to the stain using a cloth. You might have to do this multiple times to entirely remove the stain. Once it's gone, wipe the area with a damp cloth and a towel to dry it.

Disinfect using chlorine bleach

Unlike real leather, cleaning faux leather recliners are simple. Use a damp cloth or spray bottle to apply a solution of 1 part chlorine bleach to 10 parts water, enough to get the surface damp. Allow 5 minutes for disinfection before wiping the area with a clean, damp towel.

Moisturise using coconut or olive oil

If your faux leather recliner is not cared for, it will dry out and crack. Even if you don't protect it from direct sunlight, you should moisturise it to keep it from cracking. Apply a product specifically developed for faux leather conditioning twice a year, or more regularly in dry climates. You can use a soft cloth to apply coconut or olive oil but spot-test a hidden area first because these oils will darken the colour of your faux leather.

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