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Caring For and Cleaning Your Leather Lounge Suite

Leather loungeVery little says “luxury” and “style” as much as a beautiful, sleek lounge suite in your living room. The rich colours, soft, smooth finish and classic lines fill you with pride. Of course you wish to protect it with nothing but the best. It may even become a family heirloom!

But did you know that many well-meaning people apply leather care products that unknown to them actually harm the very leather they wish to protect?

Leather is a natural product with its own unique chemistry. It is acidic by nature, but many leather “care” kits are alkaline by nature, and react with the leather fibres over time. These alkaline products destroy the very leather they are supposed to preserve!

The damaged leather fibres deteriorate and the leather loses its suppleness and strength over time. And if this leads to the leather drying and cracking, your precious lounge has devalued before your eyes.

Not only are many leading brands of leather cleaners harmful to your leather, they are harmful to the environment. Many contain petroleum distillates, silicones and waxes which make them potential fire hazards. Many are potentially toxic if not applied with suitable protective clothing and masks. And did you know some leather care products are so hazardous they are banned from air transportation and pose a threat to the environment during waste container disposal?

Why would you want to apply such products to the very lounge you worked hard for and deserve to enjoy in safety for years to come?

Safe leather cleaners contain only natural and synthetic oils and surfactants. They do not contain any petroleum by-products, silicones or waxes—making them much safer to use and store in the home. Our range of proven and tested leather cleaners are made by Leather Therapy in the United States and in fact have been approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as being Non Flammable, Non Toxic and Readily Biodegradable, and are approved for safe transport by air.

A quality leather cleaner like Leather Therapy won’t leave a soapy scum or residue behind, and nor will it darken leather or leave greasy spots that encourage mould or mildew. And a quality leather cleaner like Leather Therapy penetrates deeply to the innards of the leather, nourishing it thoroughly throughout.

Leather Therapy Wash
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Leather Therapy Wash

Leather Therapy Wash safely and effectively deep cleans even the toughest grime problem without hardening or darkening leather. Concentrated micro-suds lift out embedded dirt leaving leather clean with a wonderfully soft feel.
• Beneficial lubricants help keep your lounge leather strong and supple
• There’s no need to rinse out. Just wipe straight off
• There’s no residual build-up in stitching areas to attract mould or mildew or look unsightly
• Your lounge’s original leather colour is enhanced
• White leather is safely cleaned
• Biodegradable and earth friendly

It is strongly recommended that Leather Therapy Wash be used in combination with Leather Therapy Restorer and Conditioner (below). This is because Wash cleans the leather on the outside, while Restorer and Conditioner nourishes and lubricates the leather from the inside by replacing the natural lubricating oils leather needs to stay supple and strong, but which are gradually lost with time. If leather is not regularly conditioned and new oils introduced to replace those that are lost, the leather will eventually dry out. The damage this causes goes on out of sight beneath the surface until one day cracks appear. It is important to clean the outside of the leather first with Wash to remove embedded dirt and grime before applying any conditioner—conditioner soaks in deeply and you do not want to drag in the dirt as well.

Leather Therapy Restorer/Conditioner
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Leather Therapy Restorer/Conditioner

Protect your investment with award winning Product of the Year Leather Therapy Restorer and Conditioner. It conditions your lounge from the inside out and laboratory tests show a significant increase in leather tensile strength
Eradicates mould, mildew and associated odour problems—it’s the only United States Environmental Protection Agency tested and approved product that contains ingredients that inhibit growth of mould and mildew
• Your lounge leather lasts longer with regained suppleness and strength
• Dries with a soft sheen and enhances the original colour of your lounge
• Your lounge’s original leather feel is enhanced
• Even older stiff, dried-out leather is restored
• Non-greasy or sticky
• Biodegradable and earth friendly

It is strongly recommended that Leather Therapy Restorer and Conditioner be used in combination with Leather Therapy Wash (above). This is because while Wash cleans the leather on the outside, Restorer and Conditioner is needed to nourish and lubricate the leather from the inside. Restorer and Conditioner works by replacing the natural lubricating oils leather needs to stay supple and strong, but which are gradually lost with time. If leather is not regularly conditioned and new oils introduced to replace those that are lost, the leather will eventually dry out. The damage this causes goes on out of sight beneath the surface until one day cracks appear. It is important to clean the outside of the leather first with Wash to remove embedded dirt and grime before applying any conditioner, as conditioner soaks in deeply and you do not want to drag in the dirt as well.

Leather Therapy Finish
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Leather Therapy Finish

Leather Therapy Finish is a clear protective formula to shield your lounge leather from the elements while giving it a great new shine. Not recommended for use on lounges intended to have a non-shiny appearance.


Leather Therapy Water Repellant
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Leather Therapy Water Repellant

Leather Therapy Water Repellant protects leather, suede and nubuck from water, wine, tea, coffee, dirt, mud and salt. It will not change the colour, gloss, feel or breathability of leather or fabric of your lounge and there are no silicones, waxes, oils or hydrocarbons. Unlike Finish, the repellant will not make the leather look shiny. If anything it tends to give the leather a more matt finish so is best not used on anything you want to look glossy.


Leather Therapy Sampler
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Leather Therapy Sampler

Leather Therapy Sampler is ideal as a gift, or as an economical way to sample each product on your own items. The Sampler contains a 2oz / 59mL bottle each of Wash, Restorer, Finish and Repellant and a handy applicator sponge.


Leather Therapy Touchup Dye (Black Only)
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Leather Therapy Touchup Dye (Black Only)

The Touchup Dye is only available in black, but is perfect for touching up nicks, scratches and dings on lounges, boots, belts, luggage, jackets, car and motorcycle seats, and any other black leather items you may own. Touchup is a genuine leather dye and very permanent. It will not add any stiffness to the leather and dries to a matt-semi gloss finish.


  1. Use a water-based, pH neutral, “spray on–wipe off” product like Leather Therapy Wash to give a safe, deep clean that removes embedded dirt and organic residue. You want to get rid of any surface dust, dirt or sweat which often occurs on the arms. It is important to have the leather clean first before applying any conditioner—conditioner soaks in deeply and you do not want to drag in the dirt as well
  2. Allow the leather to dry fully, preferably in a well-aired, well-lit room
  3. Once dry, condition the leather with a pH-neutral product such as Leather Therapy Restorer/Conditioner. Apply the conditioner with a sponge, VERY sparingly as leather will only absorb what it needs. The Restorer/Conditioner will soak in and disappear, so there’s no need to wipe off. It will not stay wet or greasy unless you apply too much at once. The conditioner will not alter the colour or the gloss of your leather. But it will penetrate deep into the centre of the leather, nourishing and lubricating the fibres without introducing the moisture that allows mould and mildew to take hold. And being pH neutral means it won’t interfere with the natural acidic environment of leather but will increase its life. Leather Therapy Restorer and Conditioner is the only United States Environmental Protection Agency tested and approved product that contains ingredients that inhibit growth of mould and mildew
  4. We suggest you repeat this process with the Wash and Restorer/Conditioner every three months to add years of life to your lounge. Wash keeps the leather clean on the outside while Restorer/Conditioner nourishes and protects the leather from the inside by acting like the natural lubricating oils that keep leather supple and strong, and which stop the leather drying out and cracking
  5. Wash and Restorer/Conditioner are all you need for basic ongoing leather care. However, you may wish to go a little further and use Leather Therapy Finish to give your precious leather a beautiful new shine while providing a protective shield from the elements. Not recommended for use on leather intended to have a non-shiny appearance
  6. A final treatment with Leather Therapy Water Repellant will give even more protection from water, wine, tea, coffee, and (heaven forbid!) tracked-in mud and dirt. Unlike Finish, the repellant will not make the leather look shiny. If anything it tends to give the leather a more matt finish so is best not used on anything you want to look glossy

You may wish to read up on our related article Removing Mould and Mildew from Leather before proceeding—and check out the before and after photos while there!

  1. For small spots of mould or mildew, we suggest firstly removing any portable leather items from the room and to work on your lounge in a well ventilated room with as much natural lighting or direct sunlight as possible to minimise cross-contamination by mould and mildew spores.
    • If the mould or mildew is excessive (perhaps due to less-than-perfect long-term storage conditions) you’d be best to clean your lounge outside if possible, as simply touching a mould or mildew patch will release countless numbers of spores into the air to colonise other leather items
    • If you do clean your lounge inside, and have a reverse cycle air conditioner, turn it on whilst cleaning your leather. It will help remove any mould spores from the air and also dehumidify the air, reducing the spore load. If your air conditioner is an evaporative system, DO NOT turn it on whilst cleaning as this will only add more humidity to the air and help spread mould
  2. Have a supply of old rags you are prepared to throw away. Wipe as much surface contamination as you can with a wet rag, then discard. Repeat with a clean wet rag. Be sure to discard rags in a way that won’t allow spores to spread further. Don’t rinse and reuse the rags as you will never remove all spores on the rags. Use an old toothbrush to clean stitching lines and crevices
  3. Next, with all visible surface mould or mildew removed, use a water-based, pH neutral, “spray on–wipe off” product like Leather Therapy Wash to give a safe, deep clean that removes the embedded dirt and organic residue that aids future mould and mildew growth. You want to get rid of any surface dust, dirt or sweat which often occurs on the arms. It is important to have the leather clean first before applying any conditioner—conditioner soaks in deeply and you do not want to drag in the dirt as well
  4. If possible, allow the leather to dry fully in the sun—not only will evaporating excess moisture from the leather prevent new spores taking hold, but the UV rays of the sunlight will kill any remaining spores. Otherwise, allow the lounge to dry naturally in as well-lit and well ventilated a room as possible
  5. Once dry, condition the leather with a pH-neutral product such as Leather Therapy Restorer/Conditioner. Apply the conditioner with a sponge, VERY sparingly as leather will only absorb what it needs. The Restorer/Conditioner will soak in and disappear, so there’s no need to wipe off. It will not stay wet or greasy unless you apply too much at once. The conditioner will not alter the colour or the gloss of your leather. But it will penetrate deep into the centre of the leather, nourishing and lubricating the fibres without introducing more moisture to trigger the mould and mildew cycle again. And being pH neutral means it won’t interfere with the natural acidic environment of leather but will increase its life. Leather Therapy Restorer and Conditioner is the only United States Environmental Protection Agency tested and approved product that contains ingredients that inhibit growth of mould and mildew
  6. We suggest you repeat this process with the Wash and Restorer/Conditioner every three months to add years of life to your lounge. Wash keeps the leather clean on the outside while Restorer/Conditioner nourishes and protects the leather from mould and mildew from the inside
  7. Wash and Restorer/Conditioner are all you need for basic ongoing leather care. However, you may wish to go a little further and use Leather Therapy Finish to give your precious leather a beautiful new shine while providing a protective shield from the elements. Not recommended for use on leather intended to have a non-shiny appearance
  8. A final treatment with Leather Therapy Water Repellant will give even more protection from water, wine, tea, coffee, and (heaven forbid!) tracked-in mud and dirt. Unlike Finish, the repellant will not make the leather look shiny. If anything it tends to give the leather a more matt finish so is best not used on anything you want to look glossy

Mould and mildew like warm, damp and dark places where the humidity is between 55% and 85%. Minimise your precious leather’s exposure to these and you minimise the chances of mould and mildew colonising your leather. Prevention is always better than cure!