3 Easy Tricks to Caring for Your Leather Furniture
If well-taken care of, leather furniture can be a worthy investment and potential heirloom in your home. You might be tempted to let it sit untended due to your busy lifestyle, but it’s important to maintain it on a regular basis so your leather furniture will last a very long time. Here are 3 easy maintenance tricks. All it takes is a little effort and your leather furniture will definitely thank you for it!
Clean up immediately
As with fabric furniture, you should be careful not to spill anything. But accidents do happen, so do be sure not to let stains sit on your furniture long enough for them to set in. Not only will this tarnish the appearance of the leather, it will make it even more difficult to get rid of them later. Upon encountering spills, blot them gently with a dry soft cloth/kitchen paper. Avoid rubbing to prevent oil or grease based spills from infiltrating the pores of the leather.
If you’re using any cleaning products, then make sure that you test them in an inconspicuous area before using them all over your leather furniture. Avoid cleaners with acids or ammonia, but go for for water-based ones that are also mild on your furniture.
Dust often and regularly
A major factor that makes your leather furniture look tired and unappealing, dust can settle right into the creases. In this case, dusting or using a vacuum regularly will clear the inevitable dust or crumbs that may have fallen into the nooks and crannies of your furniture. If you’re using the vacuum, be sure to use the soft brush attachment to avoid scratching the leather. That being said, try to keep your pets off the furniture to prevent their claws from scratching the furniture as well.
Hate dusting? Then cut down on the necessity by covering your leather furniture with light but stylish sheets.
Pamper your leather
Even leather furniture needs a little pampering from time to time, and this includes the location where you place them. Avoid placing them in areas where there is direct sunlight or heat sources, because this will discolour the furniture after some time of sunlight exposure. Use a leather conditioner on your furniture every 6 months or so, but stay away from furniture polishes or products that contain oil, wax or silicone.
Alternate the seating arrangements
For leather sofas, it helps to alternate your sitting positions to reduce the odds of wear and tear.
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