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4 tips for how to care for leather furniture

Posted Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Holt, Michigan: try these top leather furniture care tips

Leather furniture has long been a popular furniture choice in most homes. A tightly-upholstered leather chair can provide a clean, classic finish to a room, whereas a soft leather sofa can become the favorite comfort couch. However, leather requires some special care to keep it in good condition. Here are our top tips to help you care for leather furniture.

Dust with a clean, dry cloth and vacuum crevices

In general, leather furniture is very easy to maintain. Simply wipe the furniture down with a dry cloth as part of your regular cleaning routine to eliminate surface dust. You should also vacuum in the crevices of the cushions and arm rests where dirt, dander, pollen, and other debris can become lodged. Do not use any cleaning products not designed specifically for leather, as even gentle products can damage the leather.

Condition regularly

Regular conditioning is an essential part of proper care for leather furniture. Leather dries out over time, and when it does it can crack and tear. Accordingly, you should apply a leather conditioner once every six months or so, and more if your furniture is in a particularly hot environment. Spray or rub the conditioner into your leather as directed, and don’t skip parts you can’t see. If your leather cracks in a hidden area, it can lead to a larger tear.

Clean spills immediately

Use as little water as possible when wiping up a spill. Ideally, you will be able to get most of the spill off with a dry cloth. However if the spill is a sticky liquid, or contains a dye which might soak into the material, you may need to resort to a dampened cloth. Take care not to soak the leather in liquid, as this will cause damage. And if you spill an oily substance, use a little talcum powder or baking soda to help absorb the grease.

Keep out of direct sunlight

Leather will dry out and fade more quickly in direct sunlight. Instead of placing your leather furniture near a window, position it further within the room and keep the shades down during the daytime when you’re not at home.

Modernistic can help clean your leather and other upholstered furniture, particularly in those deep down crevice areas where dander and allergens collect. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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