How to clean and maintain leather furniture

Leather furniture gives every room an elegant and inviting touch. With the right care leather furniture is something you can enjoy for years to come. In general, leather is easy to care for, but there are some things to keep in mind. Different types of leather require more care than others, thus it is important to decide how much effort you want to put into care and maintenance before you make your purchase decision. Unless such care and maintenance is done on a regular basis, leather furniture can be subject to cracking, peeling and breakdown of the leather. This article will provide you with general cleaning instructions and tell you how to deal with typical problems.

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Leather living room furniture gets more and more popular. Regardless of weather you buy a sleeper sofa, loveseat or reclining sofa with the right care your leather couch will look better and better each year. Maintaining and cleaning leather furniture is no rocket science and while some situations require the help of a professional, you can handle most situations yourself.

General cleaning and maintaining tips

First things first, it is important to keep in mind that leathers used to make furniture can vary and not all cleaning products will have the same effect. For example, a brown leather sofa can use aniline, semi-aniline or nubuck leather upholstery. Therefore, always spot test the cleaning product on a hidden area before applying it all over. In most situations it is not even necessary to use leather furniture cleaner at all. A soft cloth and distilled water could be enough.

To keep your leather furniture in shape you should dust and vacuum clean leather couches and other leather furniture at least once a week. This holds true for all types of leather. On a less regular basis you can also use a soft cloth with distilled water to wipe down your piece of furniture. Once or twice a year, you should consider using a mild leather furniture cleaner for a more thorough cleaning. Special leather conditioning products can be used to refresh and rejuvenate the appearance of leather upholstery. But once again, always spot test a new product before applying it all over.

leather furniture cover
Leather furniture cover

To maintain leather furniture it is also important to place it in the right spot. The lifespan of the best leather furniture can be shortened dramatically when placed close to a large window front or heater. Constant sun exposure and exposure to heat can damage the leather and lead to cracking and breakdown of the leather. If it is not possible to rearrange your leather sectionals or leather recliners, covering them with lightweight sheets could be an option to keep sunlight off the furniture. As a nice site effect this will also protect it from dirt and dust.

Following these simple instructions you will find your leather furniture looking better than ever. If, nevertheless, something happens, check out our tips regarding leather furniture repair in the next section.

Problem 1: Slightly faded

When exposed to sunlight leather furniture can fade quickly. You can use special leather conditioners to rejuvenate and refresh the color. Some even argue that olive oil will do wonders. But as always be careful with that. Use a special leather protector to prevent further fading. We would recommend talking to your trusted retailer to find the best product for your needs.

Problem 2: Scratches
leather repair kid
Leather repair kid

Leather furniture is subject to wear and tear and inevitably scratches will occur. But do not worry! As long as the scratch is not too deep you can easily fix it using conditioning lotion, leather glue or liquid leather. If this does not help, call an expert.

Problem 3: Stains

The most important rule with stains is to react fast. Though leather furniture is harder to stain than fabric upholstery, spills should still be dealt with as soon as possible to prevent discoloration. First, any excess spillage should be removed using a dry, soft cloth to avoid further damage. Do not scrub the leather unnecessarily. Then, use a wet cloth to wipe down the spot. This will be sufficient in most cases.

Be careful with oily stains! They can be caused by food or creams and are harder to remove and are especially problematic on white leather furniture. Applying water to a grease stain could make matters worse. You can try to deal with oily stains yourself but they may need professional attention. In case a grease stain occurs it is best to leap into action right away. Try to soak up as much grease as possible. You can use talcum powder or potato flour for that. Let the powder sit for a few hours and gently brush it off the furniture with a dry cloth. Be careful not to scrub the powder back into the leather.

Problem 4: Bubble gum

Especially if you have kids, bubble gum might find its way on your leather couch or leather sofa bed. The best way to deal with this situation is to get an ice pack out of the refrigerator and place it on the gum. Put the ice pack into a plastic bag to avoid additional stains caused by the ice. The gum gets hard and crumbly making it easier to remove it.

Problem 5: Ink or ballpoint pen marks
Leather conditioner

We would recommend using professional leather cleaner to get rid of hard-to-remove stains like ink or ballpoint pen marks. Although they are quite expensive it is usually the best solution. If you do not want to spend the money, you can also try hairspray to remove the stain.

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