Regularly cleaning with a mild soapy solution to remove surface dirt is all that is necessary. Avoid using abrasives.
The best way to clean leather furniture is to do it gently, the gentler your cleaning method the better. Leather is a very forgiving material anyway. The least bit of care goes a long way. Stains happen, and so does dust and dirt. However, using harsh cleansers can leave worse stains on leather which is counterproductive, and often hard to correct.
The single best and simplest way to clean leather is with a very small amount of very mild soap. Always remember to test first in an inconspicuous spot and allow to dry. This works on most stains as well as for general cleaning and upkeep.
It is very important to clean any stains as soon as possible before they have had a chance to set. Older stains that have had time to dry and set may be harder to remove, and this gentle method of cleaning may not work so well.
It is best to clean your leather furniture regularly to prevent dirt buildup. Before you clean it with soap and water, go over it with a dry microfiber cloth. It will get most of the dirt.
Once you are done with that, moisten a cloth very slightly, wipe it across a bar of a mild soap. If you are using liquid soap, use a very slight amount. Now clean the surface of your furniture with this damp cloth. Again, do not rinse, but simply buff with a dry cloth.
Never let the leather get overly wet, and remember to not rinse after cleaning with the soap. Simply buffing with a soft cloth is all you need. The moisture from the soap will condition the leather as it cleans and you are all done. Polish if you need to, but just using this method by itself is enough.
Most stains respond well to this treatment:
Use a clean, soft, absorbent cloth. Have several rags on hand as you will need some for wet wiping and some for drying it later.
If the stain comes from a liquid, blot up as much as you can. Do not wipe it, as that can make the stain bigger and more difficult to manage.
Dampen the cloth with water. Do not overly wet the cloth, because doing that can leave water stains on your leather furniture. The cloth just needs to be damp. Sometimes just spraying water onto the rag with a spray bottle is enough, otherwise, wring out the excess before using.
Apply a small amount of soap to the damp cloth and work it into a lather. Simply wiping it across a bar of soap may be all that is required.
Using the cloth, work the cleaner into the leather very gently. Gentle circular motions work well.
You do not need to rinse. Simply absorb any excess moisture with a clean dry cloth.
A regular clean with a soft cloth will remove any buildup of dust or debris. A spray of furniture polish can also be applied to the cloth to aid cleaning.
We recommend that our Furniture is placed in a heated room, furniture left in a cold moist unused room can develop mould due to its organic matter.
If mould does appear, use a soft brush to remove it, further harder cleaning can be applied with a warm soapy water solution and a cloth, a little hard work may be required.
Avoid dragging your furniture, as the plastic feet may scratch surfaces or damage the legs of the furniture.
To help protect your flooring we recommend the use of felt pads affixed to the plastic foot of a leg.
We also recommend the use of Blinds in conservatory to reduce the sun's exposure to the frames and cushions. It is also advisable to rotate the furniture around a room to ensure an even exposure to the elements.
Regular cleaning of your teak will help prevent mildew build-up and potential discolouration. A quick wash with mild soap and water and some bleach or vinegar mixed in usually does the trick. Make sure to use a soft plastic brush as metal brushes can scratch and damage the wood's surface.
Some harder to clean stains can be removed with a store-bought teak cleaner. When cleaning your teak, always start with the most mild cleaning solution. If that doesn't work, try something more concentrated.
Easy Homemade Cleaning Solutions:
1. Mix 1 cup each of chlorine bleach and laundry detergent with 1 gallon of warm water
2. Mix 1 cup of vinegar with 1 gallon of warm water
To begin, clear a space to clean your furniture. For most outdoor furniture this shouldn't be a problem, for indoor teak furniture make sure to use a drop cloth and clean in a well ventilated space. Apply your cleaning mixture to the teak item using a soft plastic brush and scrub into the wood as you apply. Allow the mixture to sit for about 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with clean water. This cleaning method may not work for teak furniture that has been left outside to the elements for a long period of time. You may find that a more aggressive store bought solution is needed.
Tung oil is preferred by most professionals for teak furniture but linseed oil is also common. There are also specialised teak oils for purchase that use additives such as UV blockers and mildew retardants. Only oil teak furniture once it has been completely cleaned. Cleaning will remove any natural oils built up on the surface and applying a new coat of oil that will restore the original character of the wood.
When applying teak oil use a paint brush to paint the oil into the wood in even strokes. A cloth dampened with mineral spirits should be used to wipe up any excess oil as you go. Oil that drips onto other surfaces such as painted wood or fibreglass should be wiped away immediately to avoid staining. The amount of oil required for each teak piece will differ. You should continue to paint on the oil until the wood no longer soaks it in, leaving oil pooled on the surface of the wood. At this point the wood should have a matte finish without any shiny spots.
Oil should be reapplied every 2 to 3 months. With each application the teak furniture should be washed and cleaned and fully dry before you begin.
Tip! When washing your teak furniture, start from the bottom and work your way up to avoid leaving streak marks from any dripping water on the unwashed surfaces.