Leather Furniture Care Tips and Facts

Posted on 22nd August 2011 in Living Room

Leather furniture can be a great investment. Some people think that it is difficult to care for and expensive however, if you start to look more closely you may find that these are not true and with a clear understanding of leather care, it should be an investment that will last a lifetime.

First, when buying for example a modern leather sofa, be sure to follow some simple do’s and don’ts’. Don’t place leather furniture in direct sunlight or close to a heat source. This can damage the material prematurely aging and discoloring it. Try to keep animals off the furniture as their nails can damage leaving small pin holes as well as their acidic saliva can leave stains. If any stains do get on it, clean if off with a dry, clean towel as soon as possible. Avoid sitting on the leather furniture with wet hair or with body creams and lotions.

While we want to look great on our modern furniture;, water, solvents, chemicals and salt are all a problem for leather and will degrade its appearance. Leather is wonderful for its ability to breathe and to respond and absorb moisture. While some people think that buying leather is too expensive, a leather modern sofa should last a lifetime with proper care, usually lasting four times as long as a fabric covered piece of furniture.

Maintenance should include a weekly dusting with either a clean dry cloth or vacuuming being sure to get into the nooks and crevices where gritty dirt can accumulate and wear against the leather surface with use. If a stain gets on the leather, wipe it up as soon as possible. Sometimes a light rub with water, preferable distilled water, will get the stain out. While there are both natural and chemical leather cleaners, be sure to try them on a less visible spot just in case. Natural remedies include lemon juice, vinegar, toothpaste and alcohol. Be sure to read and follow directions for whatever cleaner you decide to use.

After the leather surface has been cleaned, all modern leather furniture needs a restorative wiped onto the leather’s surfaces at least once a month. This keeps the leather surface supple and moisturized. Leather surfaces that have that dried, cracked appearance are due to a lack of moisture. Be sure to follow these tips and facts for your modern leather furniture and it will provide for years of comfortable living.

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