How to Clean Bonded Leather, Remove Bonded Leather Stains, and How to Take Care of Bonded Leather
Bonded leather is made from 10-20% of leather leftovers, these leftovers are glued together with an adhesive on fiber or paperback. As bonded leather has pieces of real leather in it so it is also treated in the same way as real leather but keep in mind to not use any harsh detergent or any other product which is not made specifically for leather to clean bonded leather as it can easily damage your bonded leather. Bonded leather has a short life span if not properly cared for it can easily start cracking and peeling.
To keep the bonded leather shape and beauty it’s recommended to clean your regularly and follow the care tips. However, before applying any method on any product always make sure to check the following things:
- Check the manufacturer’s tag for cleaning.
- Check that it’s the same type of material.
- Always do a spot test.
Clean bonded leather with vacuum
- Before directly using vacuum, remove any larger debris present on the bonded leather like food crumbs, or any other sizeable objects that may have settled on your product, it will keep your vacuum safe from clogging.
- After removing all large debris now use a vacuum to remove the dust, dirt, pet hairs, or other small debris present on your product. Use a low setting on your hand vacuum.
- Properly clean all corners and folds as well if you have a sofa or chair of bonded leather for that you can use crevice attachment.
- Do this regularly to prevent dust or dirt particles from settling.
- Dust or dirt particles can dull your product’s color other than that they provide space for stains to settle and make them later difficult to remove.
Clean bonded leather with Microfiber cloth
If your bonded leather is not in use for a longer time or if it is placed in an area that is more prone to dust simply use a microfiber cloth to remove the dust particles regularly to prevent bonded leather from cracking or peeling.
- Take a microfiber cloth or disposable duster.
- Wipe bonded leather with it to remove the dust or debris present on it.
- After that, you can use a vacuum to remove even further small dust particles if present.
- This regular cleaning will prevent the dust from becoming thick and later making your product dull.
- This will also keep the leather in good shape.
Clean Bonded Leather with Mild Detergent
- Take a mild soap (facial cleaner) or soap made specifically for leather, distilled water (Don’t take tap water) and, white microfiber cloth.
- Make a solution of mild soap or soap made specifically for leather take only 4-5 drops and warm water (1 cup). Mix them until some soapsuds are visible on top.
- After that do a small spot test. Select the area inconspicuous area like under arm or corner of bonded leather. Apply the solution with a white microfiber cloth. If the bonded leather doesn’t fade or picks dye you can apply this to the entire area. However, if the solution affects the leather in any way do not proceed.
- After that now you can apply the solution to the entire area, make sure to do it section by section.
- First, apply the solution with a soft white microfiber cloth after that take another cloth damp it with distilled water and remove the solution.
- Follow this process, section by section, and make sure to remove the solution properly as you might have to do it multiple times.
- Now take another cloth to remove excess water from the bonded leather and let the bonded leather dry overnight.
- Make sure to not place the bonded leather in sunlight and avoid heat as it can damage your leather.
Conditioning Bonded Leather
To prevent your bonded leather from drying out and to make it soft and durable do condition your bonded leather one to two times a year.
- Condition your bonded leather with only leather conditioner.
- Apply it to your leather with a cloth and let it dry for the time specified on the packaging.
- It prevents leather from cracking and drying out and makes the leather shiny, durable, and soft.
Remove Stains From Bonded Leather
One of the best things to remove stains is to treat them as quickly as possible. So, if something spills over bonded leather whether it is oil or beer, or pee stains blot them gently with a soft, dry cloth or paper towel. Do not rub the surface of bonded leather aggressively as it can damage your bonded leather.
- Remove excess oil, beer, or pee from your bonded leather with towel paper.
- After that take a mild detergent or soap made specifically for leather, mix it in warm water and make a solution of it.
- Now apply the solution to the affected area.
- After that remove the solution properly and do not let the solution stay for a longer time.
- You can use a damped cloth to remove the solution.
- Now let the bonded leather dry itself or to increase the speed of the process you can use another dry cloth to remove the moisture present on it.
Tips to Take Care of Bonded Leather
- Keep bonded leather away from direct exposure to sunlight and heat as too much sunlight or heat can damage it.
- Don’t use any harsh cleaner on your leather-like vinegar and alcohol-based products. These products can damage your leather.
- Don’t use any product other than that is specifically made for leather treatment.
- Only use a white microfiber cloth, as other color’s cloth can spread its dye on your product.
- When you are treating stains or spills make sure not to rub them aggressively.
- Vacuum the bonded leather couch regularly.
- Do not let dirt or dust stay on it for a longer time period.
- Always do a spot test to check that whether the cleaner or conditioner is useful for your couch or not.
- If you are applying the mild detergent solution on your bonded leather couch after cleaning or removing stains remove the solution completely and do not let it settle.
- When buying a bonded leather or any other type of product make sure to ask the sales representative about the warranties.
- Always check the manufacturer’s tag for cleaning purposes and clean it accordingly.