Leather Furniture Care and Maintenance
Caring for your leather furniture prolongs its life and keeps it looking attractive. Leather lasts much longer than other upholstery, and its good looks can not only be maintained, but improve over time. Well made leather furniture is an investment, and a little care goes a long way in protecting it. Read below for Decor8 Leather Care and Maintenance:
Like wood, leather can fade, stiffen and crack when placed close to heat sources because it can dry up. So avoid placing it very close to fireplaces or in a spot that gets direct sun.
Vacuum or use a clean, white cloth to dust every couple of weeks, so that it stays clean.
To clean accumulated dirt, use a slightly damp, soft cloth to wipe the surface. However before doing this for the first time, test in an inconspicuous spot to make sure the leather doesn't absorb it. Use only a dry cloth if the leather seems to absorb the water.
For spills, immediately use a dry cloth to blot and let it air-dry. It is important to blot instead of wiping as you want to get all the moisture out instead of spreading it. Try that with fabric too.
Never use harsh soap, cleaning solvents, detergents, or ammonia to clean stains. Never soak the stain heavily with water. All these methods may actually be more damaging than the stain itself. For grease stains, blot excess with a clean dry cloth. The spot should gradually disappear into the leather after a short period of time. In case it persists, ask a professional leather specialist to clean the leather to avoid any potential damage to the leather itself.
Watch out for scratches. As leather can scratch easily, avoid using sharp objects in its proximity. Gently buff the surface with a chamois or clean fingers for minor scratches on the surface.
Leather can absorb dyes easily, so avoid placing printed materials on it. The ink can transfer and leave stains.
Use a good leather conditioner every 6-12 months.
How to clean leather furniture:
Leather furniture is easy to clean and maintain. At least most of the time. Barring a few emergencies where you are better off calling a professional, you can maintain leather fairly easily. It is a very forgiving material.
While leather furniture is expensive, but the investment pays off as it can easily last a lifetime with just a little everyday care. In general:
Try the gentlest cleaning methods first.
Always test in an inconspicuous spot.
Consult a professional if the stain is hard to remove.
Use a wiping motion and don't scrub.
Never use harsh chemicals, alcohol, strong detergents or abrasive cleaners to clean leather. All of these may cause irreparable damage to your leather sofa. Remember that when cleaning leather, gentler is always better, and strong abrasives cause more damage than any stain that may happen.
Everyday cleaning and care:
Wipe down leather furniture with a clean, soft, white cloth every week or so. Do this more frequently in a dusty environment. Why white? A white cloth ensures that you don't deposit dyes on your leather couch by mistake, and it is also easy to see if you have removed all the dirt.
Vacuum your leather furniture from from time to time, just as you would for any other upholstery material.
But unlike other upholstery, you can use a damp, soft cloth to remove dirt build up if you have not been cleaning it regularly. Just make sure your cleaning cloth is damp, not soaking wet.
Grease stains do not call for a damp cleaning cloth, because you will not be able to get the grease out with water. For these it is best to use a dry, soft cloth and use a blotting action. Press down to blot up as much grease from the leather surface as you can.
Use talcum powder or cornstarch, and sprinkle on the leather surface. Allow to sit for a while and then brush away using a brush with soft bristles. You may have to repeat this process a couple of times. Do not rub. This technique also works on fabric.
The best remedy is to blot with a soft cloth immediately, as soon as the spill occurs.
If the water has dried, use a soft damp cloth and starting from the stain wipe outwards towards the edges of the cushion in all directions. Again, no scrubbing, only wipe gently. Use less and less moisture as you go outward. This technique provides a uniform effect for the entire treated leather surface, while minimizing the stain.
Ink stains on leather are among the hardest to remove, and may need to be cleaned by a professional depending on the kind of ink, and the severity of the stain. As with any other stain, fresh ink stains are easier to remove.
Small marks, such as those from ball point pens, may disappear on their own over a period of time. You can also try cleaning smaller stains using a gentle soap solution.
Big blobs of ink will need to be treated professionally. Do not use alcohol to clean your leather furniture, as you could potentially damage the color.
Caring for your leather furniture prolongs its life and keeps it looking attractive. Leather lasts much longer than other upholstery, and its good looks can not only be maintained, but improve over time. Well made leather furniture is an investment, and a little care goes a long way in protecting it.