Taking care of your leather furniture.
Leather furniture makes a beautiful addition to many room designs, but it takes a little more loving care than fabric furniture. You’ll want to dust it regularly, vacuum out the crevices, and clean spills immediately. Check the manufacturer’s tag for specific instructions and never use chemicals or cleaners not designed for leather. Place your furniture away from air conditioners, heat sources, and prolonged direct sunlight. Use a leather conditioner regularly to keep it pristine and if you must store it, take precautions including never wrapping leather furniture in plastic.
The fact is, leather furniture is something you buy for a lifetime. Since leather is a natural product, aging brings out its natural patina, making it even more beautiful over time. And since leather furniture is something you can enjoy for years to come, this is a purchase that makes a sound investment.
Tips for Cleaning Leather Furniture
- Always try any cleaning method in a hidden area first to convince yourself of the results!
- For minor spots and spills, wipe up any excess liquid immediately with a clean absorbent cloth or sponge. If necessary, use a lightly moistened soft cloth with clean lukewarm water, and let it air dry naturally. If water is used, clean the entire area where the spot occurred.
- Do not use soap or soak the stain heavily with water. This may cause more damage than the stain itself.
- Do not use cleaning solvents, furniture polish, oils, varnish, abrasive cleaners, detergent soaps, or ammonia water.
- For butter, oil, or grease stains, wipe off excess with a clean dry cloth, and then leave alone as the spot should dissipate into the leather after a short period of time.
- If the stain persists, it is recommended that a professional leather specialist clean the leather to avoid any potential damage to the leather itself.
- For minor or slight scratches on the surface, use a chamois or clean fingers to gently buff the scratch. If needed, moisten lightly with distilled water to work scratches out.
- Remember that leather is a natural product and requires some care to maintain the natural beauty of the hide.
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