Leather Cleaning

All about leather

Leather represents a large percentage of furniture sold today More than 50 percent of all furniture sold is upholstered in leather and it is now almost a standard interior for cars not just in luxury makes as was once the case. Add to this the handbag and garment markets and we begin to see that what was once perceived as a 'luxury' item has become an everyday product accessible to everyone.

Consumers have quickly realised the many benefits of leather including:

  • It is more durable than fabric so it lasts longer
  • Leather adjusts to body temperature making it very comfortable to sit on
  • Leather production these days is very sophisticated which enables manufacturers to create many
    looks to suit a wide variety of homes and styles
  • Leather is now more affordable and there are suites to suit all pockets
  • Leather can be cleaned and cared for easily, and when done properly, maintains a high level of
    appearance throughout its life

Leather production has changed rapidly over the last 2 decades and has now become very much a 'fashion' product with colours and styles ever changing to meet the demands of the market Leather is a by-product of the meat industry and largely driven by the increase in consumption of red meat this has suddenly lead to a much larger availability of raw hides leading to a boom in the production of leather furniture for domestic use Most consumers are forced to find out their own information on cleaning and care products as retailers generally give little or no maintenance instructions with their furniture.

What information is given is often incorrect and misleading. ‚ÄėLow maintenance‚Äô is often interpreted as ‚Äėno maintenance‚Äô This can cause great problems for the consumer as the products available on the market are often not well tested or backed up with clear product advice.

Affects of soiling & perspiration on leather


With years of general use, particles of dirt and dust along with a range of other substances build up on the finishes. Under magnification, these particles are sometimes sharp and jagged in shape which act as an abrasive and wear away the top coat lacquer that protect the leather itself. Once the lacquer has worn away, the pigment color soon follows.

A common occurrence is when soiling settles in the creases that form in the leather upon use, particularly on the seats. With the constant flexing of the leather, the finishes break or crack which exposes the leather to perspiration which if left untreated will eventuate in splits in the leather.


The most common area for perspiration is the area where the head comes into contact with the leather. This is because of our skin containing fat glands for every hair we have. This is still the case for people with little or no head hair. This makes the perspiration from our head very oily. The leather absorbs perspiration even though the leather finishes which are also deteriorating as a result of the acids and other constituents contained in perspiration. As this happens, the leather becomes saturated by oils making the applied finishes unable to hold their adhesion to the leather surface and then start to wear away at a rapid rate often leaving a dark mark in appearance.

By using the services of businesses such as Stainbusters you can be assured that your valuable leather furnishings are in good hands.

The Stainbusters Leather Cleaning Service


Pre inspection: Our technician will carefully inspect all surfaces of your suite, and point out any areas of concern with you before starting the cleaning process.

Different types of leather perform differently to conditions such as soiling, sweat, body oils and wear.


Depending on the style of suite it may first require a thorough pre vacuum.


Application of our specialized cleaning product to clean any build up of soils, body oils etc. Once the entire area has been totally cleaned the technician will then proceed to the next step.


Application of Leather Protector . The benefits of application of this product include making the suite easier to clean next time as well as keeping the leather in good condition so that it will be able to be
cleaned longer.

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