How to clean a faux leather sofa

Our step-by-step guide explains how to clean your faux leather sofa from start to finish, so you can be confident your couch will always look its best.

Faux leather can have the softness and durability of real leather and is a vegan, cruelty-free substitute. Having a proper cleaning routine for your faux leather sofa will make it look as good as new and stay in pristine condition for a long time. Read on to find out how to clean a faux leather sofa and to keep it looking its best.

Equipment you will need

  • vacuum
  • mild liquid soap
  • water
  • soft microfibre cloth
  • bowl

1. Check cleaning labels and instructions

It’s essential to find out what type of faux leather your sofa is before you start cleaning. Check the cleaning and manufacturer's label suggested cleaning tips for the appropriate techniques. As this is a general cleaning advice article, it’s always best to follow the manufacturers care advice when it comes to a specific cleaning technique.

2. Vacuum away any crumbs or dirt

Vacuuming a faux leather sofa in the living room

Start by vacuuming your faux leather sofa weekly to keep dirt, dust and other debris at bay. If your sofa cushions can be removed, lift them up to clean behind them. For fixed sofa cushions, use the soft brush attachment on your vacuum to go over the small corners or tufted areas thoroughly.

3. Create a cleaning solution

Use a non-alkaline, non-detergent soap with warm water to remove tougher stains. Wipe away with a microfibre cloth to prevent spotting.

4. Do a spot test

Test out the solution on a hidden spot on your sofa to make sure it doesn’t ruin the faux leather. Apply a small amount and let it dry. Check if there are any signs of discolouration.

5. Apply the cleaning solution to the sofa

Applying cleaning solution to the faux leather sofa
Envato Elements

Use a microfibre cloth to apply the solution to the sofa. Make sure to not soak the faux leather with water.

6. Gently wipe away any stains

Repeat step 5 until the area is stain-free. Once done, wipe the area with a dry cloth.

7. Top maintenance tips

Grey faux leather sofa in the living room
Kansas 3 Seater Sofa
  • Vacuum your sofa weekly with a soft brush attachment
  • Keep your faux leather sofa away from direct sunlight to prevent fading
  • If you’re making your own cleaning solution, never use products that will dry and damage faux leather
  • Use a soft, non-abrasive cloth to prevent leaving a mark on your sofa
  • Do not put hot cups or plates directly onto your faux leather furniture as this can damage the upholstery
  • Excessive perspiration and oily residue from cosmetics and hair products can damage faux leather if left to accumulate. Clean any surface contact as soon as possible to prevent permanent stains
  • Avoid placing damp clothing, wet towels or printed newspapers directly on the upholstery

Choosing a faux leather sofa is a stylish and eco-friendly choice for the home. If you’re looking for more sofa cleaning advice, browse our leather sofa care guide.

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