How To Polish Your Leather Sofa The Organic Way

Posted on: 18 September 2014

If you have recently purchased a new leather sofa, chances are you are looking for ways to add some shine and glimmer to the leather. While store-bought leather conditioners do the trick, they also contain harmful chemicals that should not be breathed in. To polish your new piece of furniture, try this homemade and organic alternative:

Homemade Leather Polish:

Vinegar is acidic in nature. Because of this, it can help tackle any hard to remove stains and bacteria left on the leather.  It also is considered an 'all-in-one cleaner' and deodorizer that works on any type of fabric or surface without causing harm or discoloration. 

Linseed oil is a great moisturizer for leather. When applied to leather, the linseed oil works to condition the surface and prevent deterioration. It also adds a nice shine and glossy look to the upholstery. 

In order to make your own homemade and chemical free leather polish, you will first need to remove any loose surface dirt from the furniture. You can do this by using a lint free rag and simply wiping away any dirt particles from the surface. 

From there, you will want make your cleaner by adding two part linseed oil and one part white vinegar into a large spray bottle. Make sure you shake the bottle to proportionally combine the ingredients.

Spray the leather surface with this mixture and allow the mixture to sit on the leather overnight. Once you're ready to remove the polish, you will need to take a dry rag and gently buff the mixture into the leather. Continue to buff until the leather completely absorbs the polish.

From there, you will want to add one separate coating of linseed oil for extra shine. Simply take a clean rag, dab a bit of linseed oil on the rag, and begin to thoroughly and generously rub it into the leather. Continue to do this until you have achieved the shine you're wanting.

The sofa should now look as if it has a natural-finish. Once you are done adding the polish, you can then use another clean rag and wipe away any excess linseed oil from the piece. 

Additional Tip:

While using any type of homemade cleaner or polish, it is always a good idea to test the mixture on a small area of the leather first. This will allow you to see how the leather and ingredients react. 

The polish tip above is organic, gentle, and inexpensive. It also is a quick way to make your leather sofa look gleaming and lustrous. For deeper stains, however, you may have more success with a professional commercial cleaning service.

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