Providing At-Home Care for Leather Upholstery
April 11, 2012 § Leave a comment
The idea of leather furniture intimidates some shoppers. Misconceptions about affordability and maintenance requirements can push leather off the shopping list. The truth is that leather is available in a number of grades, styles and colors to fit any budget, and requires only minimal care. It is four times as durable as most fabrics and can last for years. An extended warranty may provide additional peace of mind.
Tips for Leather Furniture
Leather is damaged over time by bright sunlight and heat. Furniture must be kept away from sources of heat and light to avoid drying and fading. Cardi’s furniture stores in RI and MA recommend keeping furniture two feet from heating vents and radiators. Extremely low humidity can also lead to cracking and stiffness. Keep markers, pens, nail polish and solvents away from leather furniture. These are tough to clean up and could ruin the surface appearance. Avoid placing newspapers on leather because the ink can transfer onto the surface.
Maintaining Leather Furniture
Use a soft cloth to dust off leather weekly. Vacuum under the cushions and in the crevices once or twice a month. Rotate removable cushions to promote even wear. Apply an appropriate leather conditioner every six to 12 months. If the leather is nubuck, be sure to use a specialized cream. When using a leather product, test it in a hidden area before applying to the entire piece of furniture.
Cleaning Leather Furniture Wipe up spills immediately, blotting up as much liquid as possible. Cardi’s furniture stores in MA and RI suggest avoiding standard cleaning products (unless they are made specifically for leather) including furniture polish, detergents and ammonia products. If necessary, a damp cloth may be used to wipe the soiled area. Wipe greasy spills such as oil with a clean cloth to remove the mess. The remaining spot should gradually disappear over time. For tough stains or tears, contact a leather repair professional for assistance.
Leather furniture is an excellent choice for households with pets and children. The material is durable and hard to puncture. Everyday wear contributes to the patina and rich look of the finish.
Are you considering a leather addition in your home?