Shannon said, “What can I use to clean dog dander from my new/used leather couch? I am allergic and can’t sit on it without itching! Please help!”
Pet dander is similar to dust except that it is microscopic, though it doesn’t feel that way if you have allergies. Leather has special care requirements, but cleaning off the pet dander can be done. Follow the steps below.
You Will Need:
- A vacuum hose
- Body wash
- A cloth
- A towel
- Leather cleaner
- White vinegar
Steps to Remove the Pet Dander:
- First, vacuum the item thoroughly with the upholstery attachment on a vacuum. Get into every fold of the leather and for furniture items, get into the corners and under cushions.
- Once the item has been vacuumed, wash it with body wash and water. For leather, it is best to avoid soaps that are alkaline like most common dish liquids and laundry detergents. A body wash will usually have a lower pH as that is best for skin. Test the body wash on a small hidden area of the leather first to be sure it is safe.
- If the test goes well, wash the leather thoroughly by rubbing it with the soapy cloth and rinse the cloth out regularly to remove the pet dander that it has gathered off the leather. Do not soak the leather as you don’t want any of the cushion insides or linings to get wet.
- After you have washed the leather with the soapy cloth, rinse it by wiping it with a cloth damp with plain water. Rinse the cloth as needed to remove the soap residue that it gathers.
- When the leather is clean, dry it with a soft towel.
- After you have finished removing the pet dander, clean the leather with either leather cleaner or a mix of one part white vinegar in two parts water. This will further help to restore the pH of the leather.
- If you are allergic to pet dander, wear gloves while cleaning the item.
- Consider treating the leather with a leather conditioner after cleaning it to keep it supple.