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Cleaning Tips for Your Genuine Leather Sectional

Leather furniture embodies luxury and timeless elegance – a genuine leather sectional is no exception. Whether you’ve invested in one of the fine leather sectionals Canada has to offer or you’re enjoying the versatility of a leather modular sectional, maintaining the pristine condition of your furniture is essential.

Not only does regular cleaning preserve the look and feel of your contemporary sectionals, but it also extends their lifespan. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the simple, yet effective steps to keep your genuine leather sectional looking as good as the day you bought it.

Nolita genuine leather sectional by Four Hands

Nolita Sectional By Four Hands

What You Need: Your Leather Cleaning Toolkit

Before we dive in, let’s make sure you’re properly equipped. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Soft microfiber cloths
  • Vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment
  • Mild, non-detergent soap
  • Distilled water (to avoid hard water spots)
  • Leather conditioner

cleaning tools on leather sectional.

Keep in mind that caring for genuine leather requires products that are gentle and specifically designed for leather care. Now, with your toolkit ready, let’s move on to the cleaning process.

How to Clean a Genuine Leather Sectional

Before diving into the cleaning process, it’s crucial to understand the different ways of leather and how it compares to other fabrics.  This is because your genuine leather sectional may have a specific finish that requires a particular cleaning method. Always check the manufacturer’s recommendations first. Generally, most genuine leather sectional sofas have a protective finish that makes them relatively easy to clean.


brown leather reclining in a white living room

Follow these 5 easy steps to keep your leather couch looking brand new:

  1. Dust Off: Use a soft microfiber cloth to dust the surface. Regular dusting prevents dirt from scratching the leather over time.
  2. Vacuum: Gently vacuum the crevices and surfaces using a brush attachment to remove any debris that’s hiding in the nooks and crannies.
  3. Spot Clean: Mix a solution of mild soap with distilled water. Dip a cloth in the solution, wring it out, and gently dab any spots or stains. Avoid rubbing harshly, as this can damage the leather.
  4. Wipe Down: Take a clean, damp cloth to wipe the entire sectional, ensuring you do not soak the leather. After wiping, immediately use a dry microfiber cloth to remove any excess moisture.
  5. Condition: Apply a leather conditioner to keep the leather supple and prevent cracks or dryness. Follow the instructions on the product for the best results and if unsure check the manufacturer’s recommendations.

For more detailed information on each step, check out our comprehensive Furniture Care Guide.

Maintenance: Keeping Your Leather Couch Pristine

Transitional leather sectional by Vogel.

Chelsea Sectional By Vogel

Maintaining a genuine leather sectional doesn’t have to be complicated. With these easy steps, you can ensure your leather modular sectional remains a statement piece in your living space. Remember, the key to a long-lasting, luxurious genuine leather sectional is regular care and attention. So, invest a little time in cleaning and conditioning, and your leather furniture will reward you with enduring beauty and comfort.

Quick reminders

  • Keep your sectional away from prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, which can fade and dry out the leather.
  • Regularly apply leather conditioner (every 6-12 months) to maintain the leather’s moisture and prevent cracking.
  • Blot spills immediately with a clean cloth; never let liquids sit on the leather.
  • For stubborn stains or if you’re unsure, consult a professional cleaner who specializes in leather.
  • Always check the manufacturer’s recommendations when using any leather cleaner.

By following these simple yet effective cleaning and maintenance tips, your leather sectional will remain a centrepiece in your home for years to come.

Clean GENUINE Leather SECTIONAL, Peaceful Mind

To recap: you’ve learned what supplies you need, the steps for cleaning your leather sectional, and tips to maintain its elegance. Your genuine leather sectional isn’t just furniture—it’s the centrepiece of your home that brings comfort and style to your daily life. By following these easy steps and regular maintenance, you can enjoy your investment for years to come.

With a clean, well-maintained couch, there are many ways to style your leather sectional to elevate your home.


 Ask our team about keeping your leather furniture in pristine condition from the moment it leaves the showroom to your home. Stop by our showroom in Elmira, Ontario to view our selection of leather furniture.


Can I use any type of cleaner on my leather sectional?

It’s recommended to use a cleaner specifically formulated for leather furniture to avoid damaging the material. Harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners may cause discoloration or deterioration of the leather. Always check the manufacturer’s recommendations first.

How often should I clean my leather sectional?

Cleaning frequency depends on usage and exposure to dirt and spills. Generally, it’s a good idea to gently clean your leather sectional at least once every 3-6 months to maintain its appearance and condition. Check out our Furniture Care Guide for more information.

Can I use water to clean my leather sectional?

While water can be used for gentle cleaning, it’s important to avoid soaking the leather. Dampen a clean cloth with water and wipe the surface gently to remove light dirt or spills. Immediately dry the area with another clean cloth to prevent water stains.

How can I protect my leather sectional from scratches and damage?

Using a leather conditioner or protectant can help maintain the leather’s suppleness and provide a protective barrier against scratches and minor damage. Additionally, placing felt pads under furniture legs can prevent scratches from movement.

How can I prevent my leather sectional from fading in sunlight?

Direct sunlight can cause the leather to fade over time. Position your leather sectional away from direct sunlight or use window treatments such as curtains or blinds to minimize exposure. Additionally, applying a leather protector with UV inhibitors can help mitigate fading.

My leather sectional has a stubborn stain. What should I do?

For stubborn stains, it’s best to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive scrubbing, as they may further damage the leather. Test any cleaning products on a small, inconspicuous area first.

Can you customize sectionals?

Yes, at Chervin Furniture & Design, we offer many customizations for sectionals, including choice of upholstery material, configuration, colour, and additional features. Visit our showroom in Elmira, Ontario—our team would be happy to assist you with customization.