Easy and Useful Tips for Leather Furniture Maintenance
The prospect of maintaining leather furniture should not stop you from getting it. Leather furniture is not hard to maintain. With proper maintenance, you will see that furniture made of leather looks even more beautiful over time. The fact is that leather’s durability depends on how you care for it. Fortunately, taking care of leather is not harder than caring for other kinds of upholstered furniture.
This simple guide will help leather furniture owners keep their prized possessions looking beautiful year after year.
Avoid neglecting leather furniture
This should be a no-brainer, but some people still need to be reminded. You don’t spend good money on something then neglect it. The lifespan of any furniture shortens radically if it is not maintained properly. Leather furniture needs special attention and routine care. An important tip to remember is to never put leather furniture in direct sunlight. This will make the colour fade prematurely. Avoid extreme temperatures to prevent dryness that will lead to cracks.
Clean spills and stains quickly
Don’t let stains set on your leather furniture. Leather furniture is harder to stain than other upholstered furniture, however, spills should be cleaned right away to avoid discoloration of the leather. A spill that sets in will do damage to your leather furniture. All it takes is a damp rag to clean the spill. You do not need additional cleaning products. Again, there’s no need to use harsh cleaning products when cleaning spills and stains. You’ll know why on the next tip.
Do not use soaps or detergents
No matter how mild or soft your soaps and detergents are, your leather furniture won’t need it. It is also wise to avoid harmless looking cleaners like oil soap. Why? Oils and soaps remove dirt but also remove your leather’s colour. Leather doesn’t have the ability to replace oils that soaps and detergents wash off. And if you’re thinking that you can apply oil after washing with soap, that will not be a smart move. Soap will make leather become dry, damaged, and brittle while oil will stain the leather.
What you can do is to condition once or twice a year. There are a lot of suitable products that can be used to nourish leather furniture. It is important to spot test them before applying all over. Not all leather products will react the same to all leather furniture. So, it is best to dab a small amount on a spot that is hidden from view. This will allow you to see the effects of the product without ruining the furniture.
Use leather protector
If you are really keen on protecting your brand-new leather furniture, you will want to protect it right from the start with a leather protector. This can be done on your own or you can hire a professional. If you are dealing with older leather furniture, professional help in cleaning and applying the leather protector is the best choice. After applying the leather protector, you can just wipe off dust with a damp cloth.
Another useful tip is to cover your leather furniture with lightweight sheets when not in use. If you are going away for a few months, the lightweight sheets will protect your leather furniture from dirt and dust. If your leather furniture is located in an area with high traffic, it is better to cover it with a slipcover. That will keep grease and grime away.