Leather furniture is one of the surest ways to add the element of beauty and class to a room. Yet many people decline leather as it is often perceived as difficult to take care of.
In actuality leather is more enduring than any upholstery material, and care is no more difficult than any other type of upholstered furniture. The following tips will keep your leather furniture looking great and help it to last a long, long time.
How to Clean Leather Furniture
- The core routine care of leather furniture is to wipe it down regularly with a clean, dry cloth to remove dust. This will help to keep it in pristine condition.
- Vacuum crevices, folds and under cushions routinely to remove dust and debris.
- Unlike fabric upholstery, leather does need to be conditioned. Follow the product guidelines, but in general, leather furniture should be conditioned once every 6 to 12 months. Buffed into the leather, conditioning helps to prevent it from drying out and developing cracks. The Leather Sofa Company sells leather conditioner. Auto parts retailers also sell leather conditioner for clients who have leather car interiors.
- Spills occur despite our best efforts. Using a clean, dry cloth or sponge, clean spills immediately. Never soak the leather in water or soap; it can damage the leather even further than the original stain. Do not use a moistened cloth unless it is absolutely necessary, and use as little water as possible on the moistened cloth.Use only cleaning products designed for leather. Anything else is harmful to leather furniture. Use clean dry cloths and sponges as much as is possible. Repeated blotting can remove soaked in spills and most if not all of any stains.
- When small scratches or cracks occur buff gently with a microfiber cloth to fade their appearance. Keep in mind, routine conditioning helps to prevent the cracks and scratches that occur to the drying effect of aging.Unless you have adequate UV protection film on windows, direct sunlight will cause leather to dry out and fade in color. Prevent that from happening by positioning leather furniture away from windows.
Using these tips you can keep leather furniture looking great for years to come. Maintenance and care is really a matter of keeping it dust free and wiping up spills immediately as you would with any upholstered fabric furniture. Conditioning is an extra step, but when you considered upholstered fabric must be routinely cleaned it is merely trading the soap and water, or chemicals used on fabric upholstery for the conditioner used on leather. Knowing how to clean leather furniture is not so daunting when you see it in this perspective.
No fabric furniture can compare to the elegance and class of leather furniture. Visit any of The Leather Sofa Company's 6 showrooms for fine leather furniture and products to keep it looking great.