How Can I Properly Clean White Leather Couches?

Last Updated on April 8, 2024 by Umer Malik

Cleaning white leather couches can seem like an intimidating task if you haven’t done it before, but it’s easier than you might think. There are some simple steps you can take to clean your couches properly that will leave them looking just as good as the day you bought them, making cleaning your white leather couches an easy part of your regular cleaning routine.

White leather sofas can be cleaned in three ways. First, spot treat stains to stop them from setting and becoming more difficult to remove. Following that, wipe the white leather couch while paying attention to all the areas and let it dry.

Address the stains on the couch

Don’t try to clean your white leather sofa without first removing grease and residue with a dry cloth or baking soda. Soak baking soda with oil stains, and you can brush it off after several hours. 

One can also create a stain remover paste with cream of tartar and lemon juice and apply it directly to the marks and discolorations on the white leather sofa. Allow this paste to sit for 10 minutes and blot with a clean cloth before polishing with a dry, soft cloth. Rub off excess paste with a clean and wet cloth, then move on to general couch cleaning

Employing a sponge or rag, clean the couch.

There are several different homemade cleaners that you can use for a white leather couch, including a combination of equal parts water and white vinegar or even a mixture of dish soap, a carpet and fabric cleaner, and water. A microfiber cloth works best with the vinegar solution, while a sponge or toothbrush would work best with detergent. 

Using the cloth or sponge, gently wipe the white leather. I suggest squeezing any extra liquid before wiping the couch. To thoroughly clean the material, you can also apply pressure.

Target the crevices and dry the couch

Once the majority of the surface of the white leather couch has been gone over, use a toothbrush on the crevices of the couch. It would be unwise to use a hard toothbrush so as to not destroy the delicate fabric. After you’ve finished washing, clean off the couch with a dry cloth to make sure the sofa’s completely dry. 

Cleaning white leather doesn’t need to be left on for a long time. It must also be dried after cleaning. In case of need, wipe again with a dry cloth. 

If you’ve just cleaned up after your kids who’ve been eating their lunch all over your sofa, or perhaps you have pets at home, use a lint roller to pick up all that stray cat or dog hair. The fur-repelling properties of a lint roller will ensure it doesn’t stick to your couch’s fabric.


Believe it or not, for a quick and easy couch cleaning method, you will need just one thing: vinegar. It’s easier to use than other options because it is already in liquid form. Simply pour the vinegar on the couch and then scrub with a brush or sponge. Rinse off any residue from the couch with cold water. Finally, make sure to dry the couch well before sitting on it again.