Furniture Care Series - Leather

Leather furniture can evoke a timeless, sophisticated aesthetic that transforms any living room into a veritable realm of relaxation and classic style. Complementing your decor with a leather sofa or chair can take your living room or lounge to the next level of style and comfort. Maintaining the integrity of your leather furniture is not a time consuming task but does require occasional upkeep to keep your leather looking its best. In this article, we will dispel the myths surrounding preserving leather products and highlight the proper maintenance methods. Below you will find some tips on preventing damage and maintaining your leather furniture's appearance!

Clean Early, Clean Often!

Dedicating a few minutes each week to gently wipe your leather furniture with a damp sponge or soft, lint free cloth is the best way to prevent a dirty couch! Light maintenance will help prolong the lifespan of your leather.

Dusting often and utilizing your vacuum's crevice/brush tool to clean the seams is one of the best ways to keep your couch looking brand new and free of unwanted dust build-up. Periodic cleaning helps maintain your leather.

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Direct Sunlight & Maintaining Moisture

Direct sunlight can cause your leather furniture to fade and become dry/cause cracking in the material. We recommend keeping your leather products away from direct sunlight and a minimum of two feet from heat sources such as a radiator. It is important to consider direct or indirect light and heat sources when placing leather furniture.

Leather, much like your own skin, requires moisture to avoid becoming dry, cracked, and unsightly. Once or twice a year, we suggest treating your leather furniture with a leather conditioner/moisturizer. It is important to choose a product without harsh, abrasive chemicals and to avoid cleaners that contain oils, soaps, detergents, and solutions containing caustic ingredients.

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Read The Label!

It is important to be diligent when choosing a product to clean your leather furniture. Using products that are not recommended for leather can cause discoloration, cracking, and staining. Depending on the product you select, it's wise to test it on a more hidden, obscure portion of your furniture.

Results may vary and this method can help you avoid irreversible damage from an improper cleaner. Things to avoid when cleaning leather furniture: Cleaning products with alcohol, petroleum or mineral oils, high pH ingredients, alkaline or ammonia based cleaners.

Different Types of Leather

It should be noted that not all leather is the same. Bonded leather, otherwise known as reconstituted or blended leather, is a style with a similar aesthetic to traditional leather but consists of additional materials. To ensure the best cleaning process, research the specific materials used in your furniture.

Don't Forget!

Once you get in the swing of periodic maintenance of your leather furniture, the rest is a breeze. Don't forget to research your furniture's materials, pay close attention to any cleaning products you intend to use and you'll be enjoying that beautifully clean leather sofa in no time!

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