Leather furniture is elegant and luxurious and complements most any design style. However, it can also look a little dingy if not properly cared for. Although our cleaning team will pamper your leather couches, chairs and love seats when they visit, it’s important to take a few steps in between cleaning visits to make sure that your leather furnishings look their best for years to come.
Tips for caring for your leather furniture
1. Use a damp cloth for spills. Cleaning up spills on your furniture immediately is important to keeping the leather supple and an even color. However, you don’t want to use any chemicals or solvents to clean up the mess. A damp rag is all you need. (Even saddle soap and dish detergent can discolor the hide.)
2. Buff out scratches. Minor scratches can be buffed out using a chamois, a soft cloth or even your (clean) fingers. If necessary, add a few drops of distilled water and buff into the leather.
3. Place your furniture away from direct sunlight. Your leather furniture comes from a living being and is much more susceptible to sunlight and changes in temperature. Too much sunlight will not only discolor your furniture, but will cause it to dry out and crack.
4. Use baking soda for grease stains. Baking soda and/or talcum powder will absorb the grease or oil from the leather without being abrasive or harsh. For best results, dab a little of the powder on the affected area. Allow it to sit for fifteen to twenty minutes and then vacuum it up. Repeat, if necessary.
Keeping your leather furniture looking clean and new doesn’t have to be an impossible task. For best results, simply clean up spills promptly with a damp rag, gently buff out any scratches and keep your furniture away from the sun. When you care for it properly, your leather furniture can last a lifetime.