THINGS TO AVOID:
If you would like your leather furniture to have a long life, you should protect the furniture from unnecessary wear and tear. While leather is durable, it doesn’t mean it’s invincible. Here are a few things owners should avoid if they want their leather furniture to look great for many years to come.
Don’t neglect leather furniture
The worst thing an owner of leather furniture can do is nothing at all. The lifespan of a piece of furniture can be substantially shortened if you do not regularly take the time to maintain it correctly.
Don’t let stains set
Spills should still be dealt with as soon as possible to prevent discolouration. First, carefully remove spillage before it does further damage. A dry, soft cloth can be used to blot the area. Often spills can be removed before they stain the leather, without the need for additional cleaning products. A wet cloth can be used on some spills if dry blotting is not enough, but applying water to a grease stain could make matters worse. Greasy or oily stains may need professional attention, so owners are cautioned against spilling food on leather furniture. A mild water-based cleaner can be used on especially hard-to-remove stains that are not oil-based.
Always spot test cleaning products before use
The leathers used to make furniture can vary, which means that not all cleaning and stain removal products will have the same effect. Even formulas that claim to be made for any kind of leather could potentially cause damage, so owners are advised to first test any new cleaners or conditioners before applying them all over. Ideally, this can be done by dabbing a small amount of the product on the leather, in a spot that is normally hidden from view.
LEATHER CARE RECOMMENDATIONS
The distinctive look of well-aged leather comes from properly caring for the piece when it’s not in use, and from knowing the right way to clean it. By taking some advice from the following list of maintenance suggestions, owners can have their leather furniture looking better than ever.
Do dust and vacuum leather furniture
Regularly dusting of your leather furniture is one of the easiest things you can do to keep it looking good. Dusting will help the leather look vibrant and will prevent dirt from being worked into the creases. A vacuum cleaner is another useful tool for maintaining leather furniture because it can reach crumbs and other debris hidden in tiny crevices.
Do keep leather furniture covered
It’s worth considering keeping your leather furniture covered with lightweight sheets when not in use. This will protect it from dirt and dust, and will also keep sunlight off the furniture, which can cause leather dry out and crack over time.
Regular nourishing and conditioning of leather
Many suitable cleaning products can be used to wipe down leather furniture. Saddle soap effectively removes built-up dirt and dust while also improving the appearance of the leather. Microfibre and other lint-free rags work well for cleaning and maintaining this type of furniture. Special conditioning products, sometimes called hide food, can be used to refresh and rejuvenate the appearance of leather upholstery. Though the benefits of regular maintenance may not be instantly apparent, over time, these small measures will leave leather furniture looking aged
Where to buy products for maintaining leather
Cleaning products can be found in many retail stores. Supermarkets are likely to have plenty of options, and some pharmacies and department stores also carry leather cleaners and conditioners. Stores that exclusively sell leather goods will usually offer a variety of maintenance products. Saddle shops, which specialise in equestrian gear, generally have a supply of leather cleaners which could also be used on furniture, and they often sell buffing tools as well. Many online retailers also carry these items.
Leather furniture should not be neglected if you want it to maintain its appearance and condition. Regular maintenance such as dusting, wiping and occasionally applying leather nourishing products will ensure your leather furniture retains both its appearance and feel for many years.