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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


DIY- handle with care - leather

Magazine Layout: Muhammad Asif, Photographs by GM Shah, Valuemag print edition 5, September 2008



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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.

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