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Everyday Cheapskate: How to Clean Leather Furniture

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Dip another soft, clean white rag into clean distilled water. Wring it out thoroughly. Then wipe away the soap residue.


Immediately dry the area using yet another soft, clean white rag.


With a fourth soft, clean white cloth, buff well to restore the luster.


Treat the surface with a nontoxic high-quality leather protector/conditioner, such as the Leather Rescue Conditioner, carefully following the label instructions. Trust me, this stuff is awesome. Not only does it rescue and restore the appearance of leather; it covers scratches, too!



Never use harsh cleaners or any kind of oil, furniture polish, baby wipes, household cleaners or products containing wax or silicone on your leather furniture. These could damage and/or leave the surface feeling sticky.


To keep your fine leather furniture from fading, drying out or cracking, avoid placing it in direct sunlight. Keep it at least 2 feet from anything that produces heat like heating vents, fireplaces, radiators and air conditioning sources.


Be sure to always test any treatment in an inconspicuous area, especially with aniline leather.

Mary invites questions, comments and tips at, "Ask Mary a Question." This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of Debt-Proof Living, a personal finance member website and the author of the book Debt-Proof Living, Revell 2014. To find out more about Mary visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at

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