A leather furniture is one of the greatest and most expensive home décor investments you’ll purchase in your lifetime. For it to last through ages, you need to care for it like you would take good care of your skin. Proper care and maintenance are needed to make your leather pieces look great even with age.
Leather furniture pieces can’t simply be wiped down with a wet cloth for cleaning. Likewise, using harsh cleaners is a no-no. How then should you care for your prized leather furniture? See below tips and guidelines.
Check the care label that comes with your furniture.
Make it a regular practice to check your furniture’s care label to check the care and maintenance instructions from its manufacturer. The creator knows the best way to care for its creations, right? However, if you can’t seem to find the care label attached to your leather furniture piece, check the manufacturer’s website instead.
Through the care label attachment, you’ll also get to determine your leather furniture’s type, make, and other necessary information.
Keep your leather pieces away from direct sunlight.
Direct sunlight exposure can age and dry your leather furniture pieces which often results in discolorations and cracks. If you want to keep your leather furniture pieces in their best condition, keep it at least two feet away from any source of heat, including sun-facing windows, air conditioning sources, and heating vents.
If your home is surrounded by glass windows and doors, use light-blocking curtains, blinds, or drapes to protect your leather upholstery.
Practice dusting your leather pieces regularly.
Keep dust away from your leather furniture by dusting it off at least every week either with a soft, dry cloth, a feather duster, or a vacuum cleaner. Don’t let dust accumulate in your furniture as it may result in immediate wear and tear.
To vacuum your leather furniture thoroughly and easily dust off even the hard-to-reach cracks and crevices, use a brush attachment. As much as you can, always keep the surface of your leather furniture pieces clean and dust-free.
Address spills on your leather furniture immediately.
In the case of food or beverage spills, blot the excess liquid off immediately using a soft, absorbent cloth or sponge. Blot the excess liquid as soon as you can so the fluid won’t penetrate into your leather furniture. Again, blot, not wipe. Wiping off the spill can only spread the liquid and possibly stain the surrounding areas as well.
If there is a high risk for spillage because of having little children or pets around, you can use leather furniture covers or protectors.
Keep sharp objects away from your leather pieces.
Keep away sharp objects such as keys, pens, pins, scissors, knives, and the like to protect your leather furniture from premature wear and tear. These sharp objects can pierce through your leather furniture and result in scratches.
If you have fur babies in your home, you need to train them that your leather furniture is not a scratching post. Scratches from pets is one of the leading causes of leather furniture damage reported by furniture owners today.
In using cleaning agents, test on small areas first.
If you plan to use cleaning agents or any product on your leather furniture, make sure to test on small areas first – preferably in areas that aren’t easily visible. This way, in the case of incompatibilities, you only have to deal with only a small area. Never apply a product on your leather furniture without prior testing.
More than practicing prior testing, it’s also recommended to use only the conditioners and cleaners made especially for leather.
For more serious matters, ask for professional help.
In the case of more serious discolorations, stubborn spots and stains, scratches, etc., ask for professional help from expert leather cleaners and repairers. This way, you won’t risk damaging your leather furniture even more. It’s better to get professional help than employing experiments on your prized leather furniture.
Leather “doctors,” experts, and professionals sure know how to address and repair all your leather furniture problems the proper way.
Max out your leather furniture’s value for money through proper care and maintenance. You might even be able to pass on your prized leather furniture pieces to your family’s next generations. As a famous quote says, “If you take care of things, they last.”