Leather Care & Cleaning

18 March 2017

Leather is a durable material, but it needs a bit of care to make sure that it ages well. Benefits and rewards of owning leather furniture are numerous. Leather upholstery is natural, durable and looks good as the focal point of any room. Leather is also one of the few materials to actually look better with age, as it develops an attractive sheen with frequent use.

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There are a number of professional cleaning services in Bunbury, who can help you with leather furniture and upholstery cleaning. But why spend so much unnecessarily when you can clean it yourself.

Leather Sofa Care:

  • As a material, leather naturally produces oils to coat and protect its surface. Without this oily layer, the leather would age quickly and start to crack when it dries.
  • In the course of its lifetime, leather furniture will lose its natural oil. It is up to the owner to replicate the effect with leather care products, like specialist preservatives and conditioner.
  • To keep your leather items in pristine condition, they should be positioned out of direct sunlight and at least 2 feet away from a heat source like the radiator or fireplace. Both heat and sunshine will dry out the leather, causing it to crack and discolour.

How To Clean Leather Furniture:

  • Vacuum with a soft brush. If you use your leather furniture frequently – especially if your skin comes into a lot of contact with the material – you will need to do this once a week. Vacuuming removes all the skin particles, dust, and other contaminants that have accumulated on the leather. Be sure to go over the seams and cracks of the furniture, as this is where the dirt gets trapped.
  • Wipe the furniture down. Use a clean, soft cloth dampened with warm water, to wipe the furniture down weekly, as part of your basic leather care
  • Apply leather conditioner. This is a vital part of any leather sofa cleaning routine. As with all household chemicals remember to check the label before use, test on a discrete part of the item for any discolouration, and then apply liberally in a well-ventilated room, using the appropriate protection for your hands and face.

What To Do In The Event Of Spillages:

  • Blot, don’t wipe. This is the most important rule when anything – drink, food, ink – gets spilt onto leather. Wiping will only serve to discolour or permanently stain the leather. Instead, carefully blot off with a damp cloth.
  • Use a specialised leather cleaner. This is a good idea if the spill is serious. Be sure to follow the directions on the label.
  • Apply leather preservative. Treat the affected area to complete the process.

Top Tip:

It’s tempting to tackle the leather cleaning process with your usual household products and tools, but they can often damage your leather furniture, causing cracks and bobbles. Check the label of any product you use to ensure that it is suitable for leather care.

There you have it, it’s easy to give your leather sofas and chairs some tender loving care and make sure they age with beauty!