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What's the Best Solution for Cleaning and Conditioning a Leather Lounge Suite?

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by Ann Lund (subscribe)
A casual writer who is keen to share knowledge of living and working in South East Asia and loves exploring and writing about the gems that exist in the communities, arts and culture of Adelaide and towns and cities further afield.
Published May 26th 2014
I've recently brought my leather lounge suite back from abroad where it has some wear and tear due to it being well used and loved in a hotter more humid climate. So its time to research natural options for cleaning and conditioning the leather to ensure it lasts a life time as originally intended.

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how to condition and clean the leather lounge suite to make it last a lifetime?

I've been told that good old saddle soap or pure glycerin soap is best for cleaning leather as it does not contain any harsh chemicals. I was also advised to try a combination of petroleum jelly and olive oil (one after the other) to restore the leather and make it shine. Oxalic acid found in rhubarb is also known to help clean leather naturally.

Bicarb soda and some vinegar is a popular kitchen cupboard solution apparently, as is salt water, bicarb and flour. Pure mild soap and water has also been recommended by many. Olive oil, vinegar and a few drops of lemon eucalyptus oil are suggested to be the best solution that gets great results.

What about pau pau cream, bees wax, good old soapy water, elbow grease or others?

What's your solution, take home remedy or advice for keeping a leather lounge suite in top condition in Australia's climate?
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