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How do you clean stains from leather sofas?

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To remove stains caused by spilled liquids, blot the stain to remove any excess moisture, and use saddle soap to clean the material. To remove ink stains, wash the area with a damp cloth and detergent, apply alcohol to the stain, and treat the area with leather conditioner.

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How do you clean stains from leather sofas?
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To remove stains caused by clear liquids, such as water or clear soda, first blot the excess liquid from the material with a clean, dry cloth. Remove the remaining liquid by rolling a slice of white bread into a ball and rolling the bread over the stained area. To clean dark stains, such as those caused by coffee, clean the area with leather cleaner, such as saddle soap, according to the directions on the product packaging.

To remove ink stains, place several drops of liquid dish detergent on a damp cloth, and gently scrub the stain. After washing, dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol, and rub the cotton swab over the stain to remove the remaining ink. Wipe the area clean with a dampened cloth.

After cleaning the stain, apply leather conditioner to the affected area of the sofa to maintain the softness and durability of the leather. Stains caused by oils, such as butter, typically dissipate over time and do not require cleaning.

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