Looking for leather care tips? Want to know how to better care for your leather furniture? If you want leather furniture that's always looking new, then these leather care tips will definitely help you!
Leather Care Tips For Long-Lasting Leather Furniture
Of all the couches and sofas we've had at home, I can certainly say that leather furniture is the best. Whether we are watching a big game or simply lounging with a good read, they're fantastic. I don't have to worry about spills or bad odors, which were a few of my troubles back when I had a fabric sofa. However, my leather furniture can also be prone to wear and tear. Luckily, leather care tips are available online and these leather care tips definitely helped me. Help yourself to these leather care tips here.
How to Prevent Cracks in Leather Furniture
There are two main ways to prevent your leather-upholstered furnishings and objects from staining. The first one is by avoiding some mistakes that you probably make during regular house cleaning. The second one is to use some tips and tricks to keep leather upholstery from getting dirty.
Common Mistakes To Avoid In Leather Furniture Maintenance:
1. Do not clean leather surfaces frequently.
There is no need to deep-clean your leathered furnishings ever so often. If you're worried about dust, using your leather furniture somehow does the job of wiping off some if not all. Thoroughly cleaning your leather furniture can be done once or twice a year at most. This will ensure a flawless finish for your leather furnishing, to keep them in a good condition for a longer time. If you do it frequently, there is a chance that the protective qualities of the leather texture will be compromised. This issue can be seen in areas with an annual high humidity and if you often leave the doors and the windows open.
2. Do not apply too much detergent or a strong detergent.
Commercial detergents use numerous chemical compounds that are so powerful, they could potentially be hazardous to your leather furniture. They are mostly recommended for a specific type of surface and cleaning leather furniture may not be ideal with these detergents. That's why it's a great idea to make your own homemade detergent with ingredients that are available at home. Amazingly, household stuff like white vinegar, baking soda, and dish detergent do the job safely and effectively.
What To DO To Best Care For Leather Furniture
1. DO regularly brush the leather objects.
This will help eliminate the loose dirt particles such as dust, crumbs, hair and other bigger blemishes. The joints of two or three leather parts of the furnishings are the most vulnerable places, so pay more attention when brushing between the back and the seat of the sofa, for example. Use a soft brush with longer fibers to make sure that you won't damage the leather texture while accessing the narrow recesses of the leather furniture.
2. DO use window blinds at home.
Try to avoid the exposure of the leather objects to direct sunlight, especially when it comes to furniture with natural leather upholsteries. The powerful sunlight can easily cause discoloration and loss of texture because the moisture in the leather drops quickly. This is the main issue that causes cracks in the leather.
3. DO spray a protective solution after every big house cleaning.
There are protective sprays especially made for leather furnishings. They create an invisible film that makes the leather texture more resistant to stains and moisture. Additionally, they make these furnishings last longer.
4. DO call professional cleaners in your region once a year.
Leather furniture is a special material and we can only do so much to prevent wear and tear. Getting the help of professionals who specialize in leather is a must, at least once every year. They have professional tools and detergents with a special pigmentation, which can restore the shine and texture of heavily worn leather objects.
5. Do use non-concentrated chemical compounds and detergents.
This is for when you're cleaning the leather furnishings by yourself. A slightly dampened soft cloth is all that you need to get rid of most dirty spots, while the motion should include only gently rubbing and dabbing. Don't leave the solution to soak up in the leather. Baking soda is also an effective and safe cleaning material to use especially when dealing with grease or oil-based stains.
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While leather furnishings are convenient and stylish in your home, they can be expensive too. Properly caring for your leather furniture will save you big bucks and will help you have furniture that'll last for generations. I'm sure these leather care tips will ensure that for you!
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This post was originally published in January 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.