How To Take Care Of Leather Furniture
Last year we finally decided to upgrade our living room furniture. Since we have two dogs, we decided to splurge and get leather. It's so much easier to keep clean. Our dogs, especially mine, shed like crazy, so fabric furniture was a constant battle.
Now that we have leather furniture, how do we keep it nice?
- Dust regularly: This seems excessive, but most manufacturers recommend doing this weekly to prevent buildup.
- Clean spills immediately: If a spill occurs, blot it gently with a clean cloth or paper towel to absorb the liquid. Avoid rubbing the spill, as it may spread or push it deeper into the leather. Use a mild soap and water solution or a leather cleaner specifically designed for removing stains if necessary.
- First, test any cleaning product on a small, inconspicuous area and follow the manufacturer's instructions.
- Avoid harsh chemicals: Chemicals, such as bleach, ammonia, or any products containing solvents, can damage the leather. Stick to mild, pH-neutral cleaners formulated explicitly for leather furniture.
- Condition the leather: Leather needs to be moisturized to prevent drying out and cracking. Apply a high-quality leather conditioner every 6-12 months or as the manufacturer recommends. Remember, some leather furniture has a protective coating that may affect the conditioner's work.
- Protect from direct sunlight and heat: Prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause the leather to fade and dry out.
- Avoid sharp objects: This seems pretty obvious, but sharp objects such as keys, pens, or pet claws can scratch or puncture the leather surface.
- Don't overload or strain the furniture: Avoid placing heavy objects on the leather furniture or allowing excessive weight on any one area for an extended period.
- Keep pets away: This isn't an option if you're like us. Our two dogs rule the roost. Pets can unintentionally scratch or damage leather furniture. It's best to discourage pets from jumping or climbing on the furniture to maintain its longevity.
- Seek professional help when needed: If your leather furniture has significant damage or stubborn stains or needs extensive cleaning, it's advisable to consult a professional leather cleaner or upholstery specialist for proper treatment.