Leather may be cleaned with moisturizing soap, rubbing alcohol or cream of tarter and lemon juice. Leather upholstery should be cleaned regularly. However, it is important to first remove any dust or dirt with a soft brush.
For general cleaning of leather upholstery, mild or moisturizing soap with water rubbed on with a soft cloth is useful. It is important not to use too much water. Additionally, using harsh chemicals on leather should be avoided.
Ink stains may be removed by applying rubbing alcohol to a cotton swab and rubbing it over the spot. A dark stain may be removed from light leather upholstery by rubbing a paste made with equal parts cream of tartar and lemon juice into the stain. Although these techniques may work for cleaning leather, it is advisable to read the tag that comes with the furniture and follow any cleaning instructions.