The Ultimate Guide: How to Clean Leather Dining Chairs

How to clean leather dining chairs (and office chairs, too!)

Next up in our helpful articles, part of our famous cleaning series is the ultimate guide to cleaning leather dining chairs and office chairs. Whether your furniture is brand new and you simply want to spruce it up or you've had it for years and really need to restore it, you'll hopefully find the answers you've been seeking here. We'll run you through what you'll need and then we'll move on to the method. And don't worry, we've covered both real and faux leather furniture so everyone's invited to the party! Keep reading to find out how to clean leather dining chairs so that they look good as new.

What you'll need:

  • Duster
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Soft cloth
  • Mild detergent
  • Warm water
  • Rubbing alcohol (for faux leather only)
  • Vinegar and water solution (for real leather)
  • Empty spray bottle
  • Leather conditioner

The method

  1. You should always start your furniture cleaning session by dusting. Whether you use a feather duster or go all out with a vacuum cleaner is up to you, but we'll always recommend vacuuming leather furniture. Although real and faux leather may look like smooth surfaces, they are slightly porous. This means dirt and dust can get trapped so be careful! A regular dusting or vacuuming should certainly clear prevent any clogged dirt.
  2. When you want to clean leather dining chairs, you should only tackle the areas that are dirty or stained. If you really need to clean all over, make sure you do a small spot test of whatever solution or product you're using.
  3. Your next step will depend on whether your chairs are real or faux leather. For real leather, start by using a mild detergent with warm water to wash any bad spots that need a clean. Make sure to dab, don't wipe! And finally, pat dry. For faux leather, you can be a little more liberal. Use a solution of mild detergent and warm water to rinse the upholstery and clean it thoroughly. Then, pat dry with a clean cloth. Water can damage leather so don't allow your chairs to sit wet for too long!
  4. Next, you can tackle any particularly bad stains, mould or mildew with stronger solutions. For real leather, use a solution of water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray onto any mouldy or dirty areas but do not rub. This can damage the leather! Instead, dab the solution or allow to dry. For faux leather, use rubbing alcohol (gently and sparingly) to remove any mould, mildew or stains. Again, don't rub the alcohol in, simply dab and allow to dry.
  5. Finally, you can use a special leather conditioner to keep your real leather in tip-top condition! As for your faux leather, a silicone-based spray should be sufficient to polish your chairs.
So, now you know how to prep your leather dining chairs to look good as new! Keeping on top of a regular cleaning routine is the best way to ensure your chairs always remain in good condition. Not only that but cleaning up any spillages as soon as they occur can prevent stains from setting in. Want to know how to clean fabric dining chairs? We've got the guide for you.