Tips For Caring For A Leather Sofa
April 11, 2023
Jane Smith, Managing Director
A leather sofa is a beautiful investment and should last you and your family for decades to come. Good quality leather ages well, and even looks better as time goes on. Although it is a very durable material, a little TLC will keep it in top condition and extend its lifespan. Here’s a quick guide on caring for your furniture.
Once a week, dust all the surface areas of your sofa with a soft microfibre cloth. You can also use the soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner if you prefer. If the sofa or chair gets a lot of use, you may also want to wipe it with a damp cloth afterwards. If possible, use filtered water to avoid any chemical and mineral deposits from the water building up.
Use a leather cleaner monthly
Every four weeks or so, use a special leather cleaner product to remove any ingrained dirt. Check the manufacturer’s instructions carefully to make sure it is compatible with the type of upholstery that you have. Never use any general-purpose sprays or wipes on your furniture, as these will contain chemicals that could damage the surface.
Use a leather conditioner
Every few months, it is best to replenish the natural oils in your sofa with a conditioner. This will improve the appearance, and prevent any cracks forming if it becomes too dry. A conditioning cream will also add a protective coating to the leather, making it more water resistant, and reducing the damage from spills and scuffs.
Once the coat of conditioner has dried, buff it to a shine with a soft clean cloth. Your chair or sofa should now look as good as new, with just that extra special worn-in texture!
Clean up spills straight away
Do not leave any spilt liquids on your sofa, as they may stain if they are not removed straight away. Blot the area immediately with an absorbent cloth, replacing the cloth as soon as it becomes saturated. Do not be tempted to wipe or rub, as this will ingrain the substance into the leather.
Darker liquids such as ink and red wine may need some mild soapy water to help lift them. However, if you have an oil-based stain that has sunk deep into the layers of your sofa, this is best removed by a professional cleaning company.
Guard against scratches and scuffs
Items such as belts, buckles, and studs on clothing can result in accidental scratching, so pay attention to your clothes when sitting on your sofa. Pets may also cause scratches when they jump onto the furniture. You can either decide to live with this, train your pet firmly, or keep them out of the room.
Unfortunately, accidents may sometimes occur that results in a deep scratch or stain on your sofa or chair. However, there is no need to write it off, as there are many commercial leather repair companies who will take care of mending, cleaning, or general sprucing up, and will make your item of furniture look as good as new.