Tips for Looking After Your Leather Furniture
If you are like a lot of people, you may still have a few doubts or questions when making the final decision on that piece of furniture. It’s a big decision, buying what you need, but that looks good, and you want an item that will be long/hard wearing and easy to care for at the same time. If you have children or pets this can also influence your choices. Leather is a great choice of material for the home, from lounges and dining chairs to a leather headboard on your new bed. Yes, leather is different to fabric. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions when it comes to leather furniture – let’s take a look at some.
Why you should consider leather furniture :
- MYTH – Leather furniture won’t last – Not true! Leather furniture is furniture you buy for a lifetime. Leather is a natural product, and as it is aged the natural patina of the material comes out, this means leather gets better with age. Leather furniture will last a lifetime and is something you can enjoy for years to come, which makes leather furniture a sound investment.
- MYTH – Leather furniture is just for the rich – not true! Leather furniture gives your home a luxurious and rich look and feel, but you don’t have to be rich to enjoy a good quality item of leather furniture. Leather wears IN, while fabric wears out. You will find that leather lasts longer than fabric does, which makes it the better value material.
- MYTH – it’s too hard to care for leather furniture – not true! Leather is very easy to care for, just use a good conditioner every 6 to 12 months and be sure to wipe up any spills as soon as they happen, with a clean cloth. Don’t use normal cleaning products on your leather such as detergent, soaps etc
- MYTH – leather furniture is easily damaged by kids and pets – Not 100% true. Unless your dog or cat is going to use your new item of furniture as a chew toy or as a cat scratching post, your leather furniture is just as safe as any of the other furniture in your home. For added peace of mind choose a protected leather for your furniture that has had an extra finish applied to it. This helps give your leather a little more protection so your kids and pets can sit on your new sofa, with none of the worries.
- MYTH – leather furniture is too hot in summer and too cold in winter – yes the leather seats in your car do get cold in winter and hot in summer, but for your top leather furniture inside the house you’ll find that it warms up to your body heat in winter and stays cool in the summer because it’s a natural material that can breathe, so it stays surprisingly cool. Just keep your furniture out of the sun, that will also help protect the colour too.
Tips for keeping your leather furniture looking beautiful for years to come:
- Every 6 to 12 months use a good leather conditioner
- If your sofa is being used normally giving it a regular wipe over with a dry dusting cloth and then vacuuming along the crevices and the bottom is all you need to keep it clean
- Always protect your furniture from direct sunlight. Just like any upholstery material leather can fade to some degree if regularly exposed to the sun
- When cleaning, always try a hidden part of the furniture first (spot clean) – this way you can check the results and if any damage has occurred it will be in a hidden spot.
- For any minor spills and spots, always wipe up any excess liquid straight away with a clean absorbent cloth or sponge. If needed use a lightly moistened soft cloth with lukewarm water and let it dry naturally. If you are using water clean the whole area where the spot has occurred.
- Don’t use soap or soak the stain in water; it may end up causing more damage than the original stain
- Don’t use any cleaning solvents, oils, varnish, furniture polish, abrasives, detergent or soap on your leather.
- For any oil or butter stains, wipe off the excess with a clean, dry cloth and then leave it alone as the spot should dissipate into the leather after a while.
- If the stain persists, call in a professional leather cleaner to clean the area, this will avoid any damage to the leather itself.
Always remember that leather is a natural product and it does require some care if you want to maintain its beauty.