Leather furniture adds character and style to any room, thanks to its shiny upholstery. However, this natural material will need regular maintenance to maintain its beauty and also prolong its life. It is one of the strongest and sought after upholstery material there is for homes, and if proper maintenance measures are taken, it could age gracefully. Therefore, once you have decided to buy a leather sofa of your preference only to find it in trouble with messy kids or pets, do not be afraid. With the right maintenance, it will be easy to keep its striking nature for many years. Leather not only blends with almost all colors but also makes your home feel comfortable and warm.
Cleaning is essential when it comes to this acidic material that quickly absorbs moisture. Cleaning not only gets rid of oils and dirt (that could quickly break down the protective layer of your leather) but also helps in the maintenance of moisture balance and condition of the material. It is also very important for keeping the leather supple and making it less likely to absorb spillages. Note that body oils and dirt allowed to hold on to leather for a long time encourage dye transfer and damage. Using the right protection and cleaning solutions helps inhibit the absorption of oils and dirt and make it easier to clean.
What Are Some of the Vital Dos and Don’ts?
Do Dust Leather Frequently
Leather attracts dust very quickly. For you to keep it looking new, it has to be dusted on a regular basis. A large furniture duster that can be bought in local stores is important. Alternatively, a vacuum cleaner can serve the purpose. Not only will this regular dusting prevent dust from creeping into the creases of the material, but also maintain its vibrant nature.
Do Blot Upholstery After Spills
It may sound like a good idea to wipe off a spill. But, it is necessary to note that wiping only spreads the spill. Whenever there is a spill, it is necessary to use a clean, dry soft cloth to blot the liquid; and the sooner, the better. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on detergents to use carefully and keep off oils, sprays, soaps, and polishes that could damage your furniture.
Do Nourish the Furniture
Next, bring out your leather’s natural richness. By buying leather protectors, conditioners, and cleaners that are recommended by the furniture supplier, you will be avoiding potential damage to your leather upholstery. It will be necessary to treat your leather every year to prevent cracking and drying. Quality hide food with nourishing and softening agents should be used. You can also use mild all-natural soap that does not have sodium laurel sulfate. If you use harsh soaps on your material, it will quickly age and dry out. Using a damp lint-free cloth, wipe your leather gently in a circular motion. Depending on the level of dirt, rinse the cloth repeatedly. The cloth should be wrung out and not carry too much water with it else it will leave water stains on your leather. After cleaning the furniture, buff with a soft cloth. That will bring out the shiny character of the leather.
Don’t Let Stains Set…Ever
Despite leather being harder to stain than fabric upholstery, you must deal with every stain as soon as possible. This will prevent your furniture from getting discolored. Before spillages cause any damage, they should be carefully removed. Should dry blotting seem ineffective, you can use a wet cloth. Mild water-based cleaners can be used to remove non-oil-based stains. However, products must not be applied without conducting a spot test. Conducting a spot test allows you to know if the leather maintenance product you are using will maintain or destroy the furniture. For oily and greasy stains, it might be necessary to get professional help.
Don’t Expose Your Furniture to the Sun, Heat and Water
When exposed to heat, leather begins to crack and dry out. Avoid keeping your furniture in direct sunlight (that can also fade the material), near heating vents, radiators, and space heaters, or close to fireplaces. When not using the leather, always cover it with lightweight, easy to clean sheets. Also, try using slipcovers designed for leather. Contrary to logic, when dealing with leather, never soak a stain with water. If you do, the stain will spread, and the leather will stain with water.
Don’t Forget to Fluff and Turn the Cushions
Leather is good at holding its shape. But, many people neglect cushion rotation and fluffing. Note that wrinkles that develop on the surface can hardly be fixed fully. Turning and fluffing cushions if done weekly is the best bet for your investment.