Leather is a great option for furniture coverings as it is easily cleanable and requires little maintenance in comparison to fabrics. Follow these simple steps to ensure you get the most out of your leather furniture.
- Try to maintain at least two feet between your furniture and heating sources. Prolonged exposure to heat vents or radiators will cause your leather to dry out.
- Avoid placing your furniture in direct sunlight. All materials will fade over time when placed in direct sunlight. Aniline leathers are especially sensitive to sunlight. Do not place Aniline leathers near windows or under skylights.
- Like all items in your home, leather can accumulate dust. Dust weekly and you may also use the soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. You can also use distilled water to wipe down your leather. To do this get a clean cloth and wet with distilled water. wring out and wipe down your leather. Your leather may darken but will dry clear. With leather you can fully remove dust particles from the surface making it ideal for dust sensitive persons.
- All leathers perform better when preventative maintenance is practiced. For Aniline and Protected leathers, apply leather protection cream to the surface of the leather to help resist staining and prevent overall soiling. It is most important that you treat the high use areas where your neck and hands touch as this is where most of your body oils accumulate. cleaning the oils will prevent them from soaking into your leather.
- As a general rule, fully clean your furniture with leather cleaner at least every six months to remove dirt as well as the gradual accumulation of body oils and perspiration. Aniline leathers are very absorbent and may require more frequent cleaning when used in high use areas like a TV room.
Never use harsh chemicals or cleaning agents on your leather furniture. Avoid all products containing solvents or oils because they may negatively affect the surface of the leather. Only use approved leather cleaners and conditioners when maintaining your leather furniture. Never use car or saddle leather cleaners, as these leathers are treated differently than furniture upholstery leather.