Nothing compares to the look, feel, elegance, and durability of fine leather furniture. You've invested in beautiful leather pieces and want to make sure that your leather couch, chair, or love seat remains luxurious and blemish-free for several years to come. Luckily, there are several simple tips that you can follow to help you expertly care for your leather pieces.
Here are a few simple dos and don'ts to help you clean, maintain, and enjoy your leather furniture.
Do Properly Clean Your Leather Furniture on a Regular Basis
Correctly cleaning your leather furniture regularly, such as once a month or once every few weeks, will help prevent permanent staining and other impurities. Here are a few simple steps to help you clean your leather furniture without causing further damage:
- Remove dust and other debris. Use your vacuum's hose attachment to carefully remove dust, dirt, and other debris from the entire surface.
- Create a safe cleaning solution. Purchase a leather cleaner from your local home improvement store or make your own solution with a mixture of white vinegar and water.
- Carefully wipe down the leather furniture. Wipe down the leather with the cleaner or solution and a microfiber cloth.
Test the solution on a small patch of the leather furniture before applying to the entire piece. If the cleaner causes any staining or discoloration, contact a professional furniture seller for more help.
Don't Allow Stains to Set
Clean up any spills immediately after they occur by blotting at the liquid with a paper towel or cloth. Never attempt to vigorously rub the liquid to eliminate the liquid from the leather furniture, as this can work the liquid further into the material and create a larger stain. Continue to blot at the affected area until most the liquid is removed.
If there is a stain present, use a mixture of vinegar and water, mild dish soap and water, or a leather cleaner to remove the stain. Refer to the leather cleaner's instructions on how to apply the product.
Do Place Your Leather Pieces Away from Direct Sunlight
Finally, sunlight is one of the most overlooked ways damage can occur to your leather furniture. Over time and when exposed to the sun's rays daily, your leather furniture can begin to fade. Never position your furniture in direct sunlight. If this isn't possible, consider installing room darkening shades or curtains and keeping the shades or curtains closed to prevent direct sunlight from hitting your leather pieces.
From keeping the furniture away from direct sunlight to removing any spills immediately before they become set-in stains, there are several dos and don'ts to keep in mind when caring for your fine leather furniture.
To learn more about caring for your luxury furniture, contact a furniture store today.