Leather is a durable and resilient material, but it must be treated properly to maintain its beauty. Clean and care for your leather furniture the right way to ensure that it looks good and is comfortable. With the right treatment, your leather couch, chair or ottoman will provide many years of enjoyment.
Things You'll Need
- Soft cloths
- Leather cleaner
- Leather conditioner
Keep leather furniture protected from the sun. Situate the furniture in areas that are not exposed to a lot of sunlight. Occasional sunlight is fine, but too much exposure can cause the color to fade. Your furniture should also be kept at least 12 inches away from a heart source. Heat can damage the upholstery and frame.
Dust your leather at least once a week with a soft cloth or soft brush vacuum cleaner attachment. If the leather is dirty, wipe it down with a damp cloth. Clean the leather as needed with a high-quality leather cleaner. Follow the instructions on the bottle of leather cleaner as this will vary among products.
Condition your leather furniture at least twice a year. Leather conditioner will help keep the material supple and flexible, and will also help to protect the leather from stains.
Blot up spills from your leather furniture promptly. Use a soft cloth to blot, not rub, the spill. Leaving moisture on the leather for an extended period can cause damage to the material.
Remove the cushions from your leather furniture every few months if they are detachable. Fluff the cushions with your hands, then flip them over when you put them back on. This will prevent wrinkles and wear spots that may form on the leather.
Keep newspapers, magazines and other papers with ink off of the leather. The ink can stick to leather and leave a stain. Keep sharp objects -- including the claws of your pets -- off of the leather so you are not faced with a scratch or tear.
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