The sensual lure and beauty of leather furniture leads many people to believe it requires a great deal of special care, when in fact, it does not. Leather is a durable and practical covering that outlives fabric upholstery 4 to 1. It also ages incredibily well and is easy to clean.
CARING FOR FURNITURE:
Caring for your leather furniture is easy. Follow a few simple guidelines will help extend the life of your furniture.
You should never use saddle soap, abrasive cleanser, soap, furniture polish oil, varnish, or ammonia water on leather. Your leather has already been permanently preserved in the tanning process and needs no maintenance other than the simple cleaning recommended.
Most surface dirt can be removed with mild soap (not a detergent) and a little water on a soft cloth. Work the soap up to a lather and apply it to the soiled surface; then follow up with a damp clean cloth to make sure that all of the soap is removed from the seams, pleats and folds. Wipe dry.
Three or four times a year, go over your leather with a dampened cheesecloth and a leather conditioning cream. With this simple maintenance routine, leather will increase in beauty as it ages.
THE ENEMIES OF LEATHER:
Don’t place your furniture too close to a heating source as it can damage the fibre structure and finish. Make sure that there is a minimum difference of 20-30 cm between your furniture and your heat source.
Like other types of furniture your leather furniture should be protected from direct sunlight.
For regular maintenance, dust leather furniture once a week to keep the pores free. Once a month, clean matte finish leather with a clean cloth and lukewarm water and dry with a soft cloth. If your furniture has a natural finish, only dust it; do not clean it with water.
STAIN REMOVAL TIPS:
Spots and Spills: Blot excess liquid immediately with a clean absorbent cloth or sponge. If necessary, use clear, lukewarm water and gently wipe the spill. Even if a spill is absorbed, it will disappear in time.
Stubborn Spots and Stains: Use a mild solution of Ivory soap and clear, lukewarm water. Apply the soap to a clean, wet sponge, then rinse well and let air dry naturally. Always try the cleaning method in a hidden area first to be sure it’s colorfast.
Butter, Oil, or Grease: Wipe excess butter, oil, or grease off the leather with a clean, dry cloth, then leave it alone as the spot should dissipate into the leather in a short period of time. Do not apply water to try to wash a butter, oil, or grease stain.
Leather is the most durable upholstery material, and is very hard to scratch and puncture. If something sharp does scratch or scuff the leather, it is easy to repair using a touch-up color or a felt tip pen. First try the touch-up on a small sample of leather or a hidden area to test the color match.
NOTE: The preceding remedies are in accordance with general cleaning industry procedures. We cannot guarantee favorable results, and we assume no liability in connection with their use.
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