No matter how careful you are, if you have pets and leather upholstery, you will get the occasional stain or bad odor. Even the best trained pet may get unexpectedly sick on your leather couch or decide to leave his mark on your favorite leather chair. Take them in the car and you have a recipe for pet stains on that valuable leather upholstery. Knowing how to protect your leather from pet stains and odors, and how to clean it when necessary, will help you get the most life out of those leather pieces.
Prevention is the First Step
Prevention is the first step toward ridding our leather pieces of unwanted odors. Proper conditioning, which will repel liquids, such as urine, is an excellent way to provide a simple barrier against the occasional accident. Leather Honey, Amazon’s number-one selling leather conditioner, will moisturize and serve as a water-repellent to help prevent problems. Use as directed on all leather upholstery in your home in order to give yourself a little barrier against pet problems.
The next step in protecting your leather is noticing and cleaning up any issues as soon as possible. Even if the leather is conditioned with Leather Honey, urine that is allowed to sit on the item will eventually soak in and create a lasting odor, and perhaps a lasting stain as well. Also, urine or other pet fluids that are allowed to dry on the surface of the leather may create a stain that is difficult to remove. To prevent this, quick cleanup is essential. Use a dry cloth to dab up any excess, then use a damp cloth to clean the leather.
For Stains, Go Natural
If you do end up with urine stain or odor, try to avoid commercial pet odor cleaners, which are not designed for leather and can easily damage it, making the mess worse than it was to begin with. Instead, use a bit of plain white vinegar mixed with water. Vinegar has natural deodorizing properties and will breathe through urine odors.
To clean the leather with vinegar, create a solution of one part vinegar to four parts water, then wipe it on with a cloth. This should help with the smell, and it may help with the stain as well.
Once you have completed treating the area with vinegar, you will want to re-apply your Leather Honey to condition the leather again. Vinegar does remove odors, but it can also strip important moisture. A new application of conditioner will help preserve the life of your leather.
Dealing with Pet Oil Stains
Another problem caused by pets is oil stains on your upholstery. The only way to prevent this is to keep your pets off of your leather furniture. If this isn’t possible, wash down the leather furniture on a regular basis, and keep it properly conditioned. If you start to notice stains, you will want to have the furniture professionally cleaned. Trying to clean it on your own could damage it further, and considering the investment you have made in your furniture, this isn’t something you want to risk.