Who can deny that leather furniture add glamour and sophistication to any room instantly. Since leather is a natural material, it requires a bit of care and attention than a regular upholstery fabric.
To maintain the life, value and the look of the furniture, some of these tips should prove helpful.
One could always follow their leather furniture manufacturer’s specific care instructions; here are a few tips to help protect leather furniture from damage:
1. Like other furniture, upholstered or wood, try to place your leather furniture in locations where it will not be exposed to excessive sunlight that causes the color to fade. Use shades, blinds or draperies to help block UV rays. Window tinting often helps.
2. Maintain a safe distance between your leather furniture and heat sources in your home.
3. Keep sharp objects away from the leather furniture. Pens, pencils, pets with sharp claws can create scratches.
4. Newspapers or magazines printers’ inks can leach into the leather if kept in contact for a long time.
1. Always try any cleaning method in a hidden area first to convince yourself of the results!
2. Removing the dust from the surface of your leather furniture with a damp cloth is an excellent start in your leather furniture care. A soft, white cloth to dust can be used. You can also use the soft brush attachment on your vacuum for hard-to-reach areas.
3. Fluff detached cushions regularly for minimizing any “comfort wrinkles” that may develop in the leather.
- Finished leather has a surface protection that stops the absorption of body oil. Clean with a soft, damp cloth and dry with a drying cloth and if recommended by the manufacturer, use a leather cleaner/conditioner.
- Leather Conditioners nourish and replenish surfaces to maintain softness and improve flexibility and suppleness, helping to prevent cracks and dryness. They also produce a protective barrier which can help to extend the life of your purchase and make future cleaning easier.
- Clean with moisturizing bath soap like Dove: apply with a soft, damp cloth and don’t rinse, as the moisturizers in the soap will condition the leather.
- If the leather is unprotected, use more caution while cleaning since the leather can absorb anything placed on its surface. Clean with a slightly damp microfiber cloth and dry with a drying cloth.
- According to DIY network, “To nourish the leather feed it a “hide food.” Mix 1 part white vinegar with 2 parts linseed oil, shake well and apply to the leather using a soft cloth. Work in a circular motion, covering the entire surface. Rub in thoroughly; let it sit for about 10 minutes, then buff with a soft cloth to bring a shine to the leather surface. You may need to buff once more before sitting on the furniture.”
- Another important tip from DIY network, “Remove dark stains from light-colored leather upholstery by mixing a paste of 1 part lemon juice with 1 part cream of tartar. Rub the paste on the stain and leave in place for about 10 minutes. Apply another layer of the paste, work it in, then remove with either a damp sponge or a damp sponge and moisturizing soap.”
- A common mistake in cleaning grease or butter stains is using water. This makes the stain worse. Blot off with a clean dry cloth or paper towel, and then leave alone as the spot should dissipate into the leather after a short period of time.
- Rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab can help one remove ink stains. Do not dry it with paper or cloth. Use a blow- dryer instead. If the stain persists, apply a thick coat of non-gel, non-oily cuticle remover. Leave on overnight, and then wipe off with a damp cloth.
- Once the stains are gone, make sure you use a leather conditioner to help restore any moisture lost from your leather during the cleaning process.
- Don’t worry about small scratches. Small scratches in leather furniture often heal over time and become less noticeable. You can use a chamois or clean fingers to gently buff scratches and scuffs. Scuffs can also often be buffed out with leather cleaner/conditioner. Any noticeable deep scratches in leather upholstery can be touched up with a commercial leather dye touch up kit.
Enjoy your furniture!