How to Clean and Care for Your Leather Furniture

How to Clean and Care for Your Leather Furniture

Leather furniture offers a luxurious look and feel versatile to many décor styles. Here are a few tips on how to clean and care for your leather furniture to help prolong it’s good looks and make it last for years to come.

  1. Keep away from heat sources and direct sunlight. Like wood, leather can fade or crack if placed too close to a heat source or in direct sunlight. Keep your leather furniture at least 2 feet away from heat sources or direct sunlight to avoid fading and cracking.
  2. Dust and vacuum your furniture often. Clean weekly, use a dry, lint-free cloth and gently wipe, do not rub. When using a vacuum be sure to use soft brush attachment to avoid scratches to surface.
  3. If dirt has accumulated, use a slightly damp, clean cloth to wipe. However, if the first time cleaning, test damp cloth in a small inconspicuous area to be sure leather does not absorb water. If leather absorbs water, use only a dry cloth to clean.
  4. Do NOT use harsh chemicals, cleaners, or saddle soap on your leather furniture. Use only recommended cleaners.
  5. Treat spills and stains immediately. For spills, absorb and blot excess liquid with a dry, clean cloth. Allow area to air dry. It is important to blot instead of wipe to absorb as much of the spill without spreading to surrounding area.
  6. For Stains – Never use harsh chemicals on leather, this can cause further damage. For grease stains, blot excess with a clean cloth. The spot will gradually disappear from leather after a short time. If you decide to use any recommended leather cleaner or mild soap diluted with water – always test first in a small, inconspicuous area to be sure it does not stain the leather. If spot persists, contact a professional leather specialist to avoid damaging the leather further.
  7. To avoid scratches, keep sharp objects away from leather.
  8. Do not place magazines and newspapers on leather surfaces. Leather can absorb dyes and ink easily which can stain and damage leather.
  9. Every 6-12 months, use a good quality leather conditioner on your furniture.
  10. To ensure the life of your leather furniture, consider purchasing an extended furniture protection plan.

We hope you find these tips helpful, with proper care you can enjoy your leather furniture for years to come!

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