How to Hide Stains on a Leather Sofa


Stains on your leather sofa are never a welcome sight. While you may be tempted to use your regular stain remover or household cleaner, make sure it's appropriate to use on leather goods as the cleaner could discolor the leather and leave a permanent stain. If removing the stain is not an option, below are some clever ways to hide the stain so no one will see it.

Things You'll Need

  • Pillows
  • Decorative blanket
  • White vinegar
  • Linseed oil
  • Stains on a sofa are inevitable, especially if you have small children, eat meals while sitting on the sofa or you host parties often. Even though the leather used on many sofas today is more durable and stain-resistant, permanent stains can appear over time. If you find a stain that cannot be removed, there are ways to hide the stain from view.

  • Depending on where the stain is located, you can hide the stain with throw pillows or a small blanket. Not only are these items decorative, they will also create a cozy atmosphere.

  • If the cushions on your sofa can be removed, rotating them can hide stains. Even though you will only be able to do this once, it can increase the life of your sofa.

  • Treating your leather sofa to maintain its shine and luster can also help reduce the appearance of stains. Mix one part white vinegar and two parts linseed oil. Using a soft cloth, rub the mixture into the leather in a circular motion. Make sure you cover the entire softa. The mixture should be allowed to set for about ten minutes. Use a clean, soft cloth to buff the leather and bring out the shine.

  • If you believe the stain can be removed, check with the manufacturer of the sofa (most have websites that include contact information or advice) to find the appropriate cleaning products. Keep in mind that any cleaning product could discolor the leather.

Tips & Warnings

  • Caring for your leather sofa is important, so be sure to treat the leather at least twice a year to prevent cracking and discoloration.
  • Depending on what the manufacturer recommends, you may be able to use soft hand washing soap to treat stains.
  • Never use household cleaners on leather furniture.
  • When treating a leather sofa, don't use too much pressure as this could ruin the leather.

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