If you have leather furniture, it’s probably because you love the way it looks and feels. However, if you’ve had leather furniture for a while, you know that as leather ages it can start to look and feel worse. The best way to keep your leather furniture looking great for its entire life is to provide it proper maintenance and care. If you’re unsure how to best do that, don’t worry. Here’s our guide to properly caring for your leather furniture.
Leather furniture will gather dust and dirt, especially along seams and in crevices. In order to remove this, you should regularly vacuum the crevices in your leather and wipe down the surface with a dry dusting cloth. Doing this before you even notice the dust build up will keep your leather furniture looking great!
Spots and Spills
If you happen to spill on your leather, don’t worry! Leather is actually very easy to clean, as long as you do it right. If you spill something dry or powdery, use a slightly damp rag to pick any crumbs or debris. If the spill is sticky, use a damp cloth to wipe the residue away. Be sure to let the area air dry.
It’s important to never use more water than a slightly damp sponge or cloth on your leather, as this can damage it. Likewise, avoid soaps and other chemicals. If you have difficulty removing a stain with just water, call a professional upholstery cleaner for best results.
Avoiding Fading and Discoloration
One of the reasons we love leather is its rich colors. However, leather is prone to fading and other forms of discoloration. Did you know that leaving leather in direct sun light (even through a window) can damage it? Be sure to place your leather furniture on a wall that doesn’t face a window, or keep the curtains drawn.
Chemicals will also cause leather to become discolored. Be sure to keep oils, furniture polish, and other chemicals away from your leather. The only products that are safe to use on leather are those that are specifically made for leather, such as leather conditioner (which should be used every 6-12 months).
Caring for Nicks and Scratches
Leather is prone to scratching, especially if you have kids or pets at home. In order to get the best results, you should leave your leather to a professional to restore. Your Acme Chem-Dry technicians are trained in properly handling leather and can apply special pigmentation that matches perfectly with your furniture’s original tan.
There you have it. Caring for leather isn’t actually difficult, but it does require routine cleaning and maintenance, as well as avoiding certain products, in order to keep your leather looking great for years!