The Best Leather Cleaners For A Safe & Effective Clean

Safely clean your leather sofa and other furniture with our handpicked selection of leather cleaners.
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Your leather sofa may be a standout feature and even the slightest bit of dirt can ruin its appearance. Although it may be tempting to use a cheap multi-purpose cleaner to clean it, we highly advise that you don’t. This is because dedicated leather cleaners are formulated to be safe on all types of leather and effectively remove dirt whilst leaving a non-slippery finish.

To assist you in selecting a leather cleaner, our handpicked selection lists top-performing formulas, chosen based on our first-hand experience cleaning a range of leather furniture. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.

Furniture Clinic Leather Cleaner & Protection Cream
Best Overall: Furniture Clinic Leather Cleaner & Protection Cream
Dirtbusters Leather Cleaner and Conditioner
Best All-Rounder: Dirtbusters Leather Cleaner and Conditioner
Green Shield 4-in-1 Leather Surface Wipes
Best Wipes: Green Shield 4-in-1
HG Deep Cleaner for Leather Sofas
Best Value: HG Deep Cleaner For Leather
Stardrop Leather Sofa Clean and Feed
Best Value Runner-Up: Stardrop Leather Clean & Feed
Autoglym Leather Cleaner
Most Versatile: Autoglym Leather Cleaner

How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates Leather Cleaners

Over the years, we’ve tried and tested many different leather cleaners to keep our sofas clean. These include expensive complete kits to budget leather sofa wipes that perform surprisingly well. We’ve also tackled a range of dirt such as general dirt and grime to the aftermath of building or decorating works that we’ve been carrying out.

To give you an idea of how effective they can be, below are some photos we took whilst testing the leather cleaners recommended above. The sofa we cleaned wasn’t too dirty but as you can see from the used wipe, quite a lot of dirt was lifted from the sofa.

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To keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest leather cleaners (for this article), we are continually putting the latest offerings from reputable brands to the test. During our testing, we test the cleaners on multiple types of leather and different types of dirt and grime (i.e. mud, food or drink spills, fabric dye and general dirt).

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As well as testing multiple leather sofa cleaners, we also based our recommendations on hours of research and several factors. Some of the factors that we took into consideration included the supplied contents (i.e. applicators), compatible leather surfaces, ease of use, additional qualities (moisturise/condition), formulation and value for money.

The Best Leather Sofa Cleaners

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1. Best Overall: Furniture Clinic Leather Cleaner & Protection Cream

(How We Review →)

By far one of the most popular leather cleaning kits in the UK is by the Furniture Clinic brand. It’s a complete kit that comes with a leather cleaner, protection cream, cloth, sponge and instructions for using it all.

According to the brand, it’s suitable for all leather types and it can be used on leather sofas, car interiors and much more.

Pros
  • Suitable for all leather types and colours
  • Leaves behind a new leather smell after use
  • Supplied with an applicator and cloth
  • Makes brittle leather soft again
Cons
  • Most expensive option within our roundup

Although expensive, the leather care kit by the Furniture Clinic brand is a high quality option that cleans, conditions and protects. Although it’s suitable for all types of leather, it really excels when used for cleaning leather sofas.

2. Best All-Rounder: Dirtbusters Leather Cleaner and Conditioner

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The Dirtbusters Leather Cleaning Kit is another premium option that comes with a cleaner and conditioner. The brand states that it’s suitable for most leather sofas and furniture but not suede, aniline or napped finishes.

Once the leather cleaner and conditioner are used on your sofa, it leaves behind a natural mid-sheen, non-slippery finish.

Pros
  • Neutral pH formulation
  • Used by many professionals
  • Lifts ingrained dirt deep within the leather
  • Suitable for leather sofas, car seats, jackets and much more
Cons
  • Doesn't come with an applicator or cloth for the application

Overall, the Dirtbusters leather cleaner and conditioner is an excellent all-round option for tackling neglected leather sofas. The complete kit also offers great bang for your buck and it’s able to provide outstanding results with ease.

3. Best Wipes: Green Shield 4-in-1

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If you require a quick and easy solution to cleaning your leather sofa, the Green Shield 4-in-1 Surface Wipes are a great option to consider. They are available in a pack of 50 and each of the wipes are extra large for extra cleaning efficiency.

As well as being able to efficiently clean leather surfaces, these wipes also gently moisturise and condition. This is a major bonus when compared to other surface wipes that are only able to clean the leather.

Pros
  • Supplied with two packs of 50 wipes
  • Protects the surface against further dirt
  • Revives all coloured leather sofas
  • Suitable for all leather surfaces
  • Leaves behind a pleasant scent
Cons
  • Not as effective as a dedicated cleaner and applicator pad

To conclude, the Green Shield 4-in-1 Wipes are by far the best leather sofa wipes that clean, moisturise and condition the surface. They are also very versatile and can be used on a range of other surfaces such as your car’s interior, shoes, chairs and so much more. The only minor drawback is that for cleaning a sofa, you may use up lots of wipes. However, considering the low price tag of these wipes, it isn’t that much of an issue.

4. Best Value: HG Deep Cleaner For Leather

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One of the cheapest leather sofa cleaners that’s actually worth buying is the HG Deep Cleaner formula. It’s a cleaner and conditioner that cleans deep into the pores and is suitable for use on sofas, bags, car seats and so much more.

Pros
  • Benefits from being a cleaner and conditioner
  • Water based formula
  • Quick and easy to use
  • Suitable for aniline and scumbled types of leather
Cons
  • During our testing, we found that we used quite a lot of the formula when compared to the alternatives (not a major drawback due to its low cost)

Considering the low price tag of the HG Deep Cleaner, it’s by far the best leather cleaner and conditioner for the money. In terms of using the formula, simply spray it onto a cloth, wipe it into the leather, wait 10 minutes and then buff it off.

5. Best Value Runner-Up: Stardrop Leather Clean & Feed

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Another affordable leather sofa cleaner and conditioner is the Stardrops Clean and Feed formula. It’s a British made solution that’s designed specifically for furniture and is able to remove stains and dirt with ease.

Pros
  • Cleans and nourishes
  • Suitable for sofas, chairs and cushions
  • Protects against dryness and cracking
  • Easy to use formula
Cons
  • Coconut scent that's left behind may not be to everyone's taste

As with the HG Deep Cleaner above, the Stardrops formula is a cheap leather sofa cleaner that won’t disappoint. It’s easy to use and provides great results in a matter of minutes upon a range of different types of leather.

6. Most Versatile: Autoglym Leather Cleaner

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Although the Autoglym Leather Cleaner is mostly used for automotive use, it also works great on leather sofas. It’s a pH-neutral formula that safely cleans and freshens leather upholstery without removing any essential oils.

Pros
  • Specialised cleaning and deodorising agents
  • Preserves the finish and prevents cracking
  • pH neutral formulation
  • Available as a complete kit that includes the formula, applicator and cloth
Cons
  • Scent that's left behind is more of a "car" scent than a "home" scent

To conclude, the leather cleaner by Autoglym is an excellent option for those that want to clean both their leather sofa and car seats. The formula has been improved over the years and is highly rated for cleaning all types of leather.

Conclusion

Leather sofas are often a main feature of a room and keeping them clean on a regular basis can be a difficult task. However, investing in a quality leather sofa cleaner that’s safe and easy to use can make the task of cleaning them far less of a chore. Most leather sofa cleaners are a simple “spray on and wipe clear” formula that takes minutes to apply and they are far more affordable than you would probably expect.

All of our recommendations above include standalone cleaners, wipes and those that come as part of a kit. However, if you need more help finding a leather sofa cleaner, feel free to get in touch for further assistance.

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