Leather furniture care

Learn how to care for, clean and maintain leather furniture with these tips and instructions.

Leather is often an admirable choice in home furniture, as it exudes elegance, class, and confidence. However, leather is also often chosen because of its durability. Gone are the days when parents of small children or pet owners were discouraged from purchasing leather furniture. On average, leather will last four times longer than fabric furniture. You can ensure this by learning the proper way to care for your leather furniture, which will help maintain its beauty and keep it in the best repair possible.

Different kinds of leather exist and each family should research the differences to find the kind that best suits their needs. However, regardless of the brand or type of leather you choose to purchase, there are several preventative and common sense measures that can be taken to help preserve the quality appearance of your furniture.

Do not place your furniture in direct sunlight or near sources of heat. Sunlight and heat can cause discoloration in the leather. Smoke from cigarettes, fireplaces, or cooking areas can also cause discoloration or fading.

As with fabric furniture, resist the urge to allow eating or drinking on your leather furniture, especially if you have young children who may be careless. Although there are several leather protectants and cleaners on the market, (and leather is much easier to remove a stain from), prevention is the best way to ensure you never have to bother with stain removal issues.

Keep sharp objects from making their way to your leather furniture. This includes cat or dog claws. Although many leathers available today are incredibly durable, and are often recommended for pet owners, it should be remembered that there are few materials that can resist a puncture.

Dusting leather furniture is very important and one of the simplest things you can do to maintain your furniture's exterior. If dust particles sit for too long on the porous leather surface without being removed, the appearance and feel of your furniture will become much different than that of properly cared for leather. All that is required for this task is a soft dry cloth, and dusting should be completed weekly. Some leather owners prefer vacuuming their leather and sometimes use a soft attachment to further protect their furniture.

Every three to six months, after a thorough cleaning, you should treat your furniture with a leather specific conditioner. This will continue the protection of your furniture's surface, and help to keep it soft and pliable.

If you do find a stain in your leather furniture, work quickly to remove it. The sooner you find the stain, the better chance you will have at being successful in removing it. If it is a food or beverage spill and is found soon after it occurs, you will generally be successful by blotting it with a damp cloth and, if necessary, mild detergent. However most other stains (oil, blood, ink, paint, grease, gum, etc.) will require the use of high quality leather cleaner.

If your leather furniture is cut, ripped or burned in anyway, it will require the services of a leather repair technician. Depending on the location and severity of the damage, it is generally repairable. Many repair technicians will fix the leather right in your own home. However prevention is the best cure for this headache and your pocketbook will thank you for taking the necessary precautions to ensure these damages never occur.

Leather furniture is a great option for many families and households. By learning how to properly care for it, you can help ensure your leather furniture will be last for many years and look as wonderful as the day you bought it.

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