How to take care of your leather furniture
By Nazish K. Siddiqui
Leather upholstery for home furniture is ideal. Its durability far exceeds fabric and synthetic upholstery, and with a little care and attention it will always look great. To ensure the longevity of your leather furniture, it is best to keep your leather furniture out of direct sunlight, and away from direct sources of heat like radiators and fireplaces. This helps to prevent cracking or drying of the leather.
A weekly dusting of your leather pieces ensures that the pores of the leather remain unclogged and helps it breathe better. A soft clean cloth will help to remove the dust effectively. This simple weekly maintenance will serve to maintain the beauty of the leather. Should you manage to spill food or drinks
on the leather, the best treatment is to wipe it away with a damp cloth and use a mild dish detergent to spot clean it immediately.
The most effective way to clean leather is to use a mild moisturizing soap. Just lather it on a soft cloth and rub into the leather using small circular motions. Make sure not to use too much water, and there is no need to rinse the leather clean. Buff with a soft dry cloth and then polish with a leather polisher according to manufacturers instructions.
A top quality leather cleaner should be applied all over your leather furniture about four times a year, making sure to give attention to the back of the piece, and the arms and legs of the chairs as well. This helps to remove dirt and dust that settles in over time.
You must never use abrasive cleaners or products that contain ammonia, varnish, or furniture polish oil on your leather. Nothing more than dusting or leather polish is required since the leather has been fully treated in the tanning process. If you are leaving your home for extended periods of time, like on vacation, cover your leather furniture with large sheets so that the dust doesn’t settle into the folds of the leather. This will also make cleaning your furniture easier upon your return.
This article was originally published in the print edition of Valuemag, issue 5, September 2008