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Caring For Your Leather Chairs
Quick Leather Do’s and Don’tsRead more
Here are some quick helpful hints for maintaining your leather furniture:
-Test any leather spray on a hidden area
-Dust leather weekly
-Vacuum leather to keep pores clean
-Use "spot cleaning" method
-Soak with water
-Use soap on leather
-Clean with furniture polishes or oils
-Use cleaning solvents or abrasive cleaners
The care and upkeep of your leather furniture is extremely important to ensure a long lifespan and timeless look. Proper maintenance can dramatically increase the number of years that you will have to enjoy your leather, while also improving the overall feel and appearance of the piece. If you happen to rip, tear, burn or scratch your leather furniture, it can be repaired rather easily by a professional leather technician. In most cases, leather can be repaired so effectively that you won't be able to see where the original damage was. Should you find yourself in a situation where you need your leather repaired, you should consult with a professional because different types of leather will require different techniques for repair.
Stains and Scratches
If you spill on your leather, blot the excess liquid as soon as possible with a clean absorbent cloth. Always remember to wipe the spot from the outer edge of the spill to its center to prevent cleaning rings. If necessary, gently wipe the spot with a clean cloth and lukewarm distilled water. Dry it by blotting the spot with a clean towel and then allowing it to air dry.
If the stain persists, use distilled water solution, make sure not to saturate the leather and do not rub the spot. Dry any excess moisture with a clean cloth by blotting it until the cloth comes back dry, and then let the spot air dry. Make sure you test this cleaning method on an inconspicuous place prior to cleaning the stain to make sure your leather is colorfast. Never allow spills to set, as moisture can cause discoloration of the leather.
Scratches on your leather may also occur, especially if you have a pet. If there are surface scratches, they can be rubbed gently with your fingertips. The warmth of your hand releases natural oils that help marks disappear. If the scratches appear to be deeper or your leather is punctured, call a leather specialist.
In the event that your leather is accidentally stained by oils, butter or grease, do not use water! Blot the spill with a dry clean cloth until the towel comes back dry. Leave the spot alone for a day or so, allowing the stain to “cure.” Often the oil will dissipate into the leather and become unnoticeable. If the stain is still visible, call a leather technician and have it professionally evaluated. You should also call a leather specialist if you find a newspaper or ballpoint ink stain. Both of these products have some aniline dye in the ink formula, and if left alone may dye the leather.
Chemical Cleaners to Avoid
Avoid using abrasive cleaners, furniture polish, varnish, detergents, and alcohol-based or ammonia-based products because they can discolor or possibly even damage the leather. Also never use saddle soaps or mink oil. Oil-based cleaning products can stretch the leather near the seams and pull it away from the stitching; it can also discolor the leather as well. During the tanning process the leather has been permanently preserved, making it unnecessary to maintain it with a lot of products. It only needs the simple cleaning that is recommended.
It is best to refrain from placing leather goods too close to windows or other places where they will be in direct sunlight, as natural leather may fade under extensive exposure. Also, do not place your leather furniture any closer than two feet away from a radiator or similar heat source, as direct heat may also cause damage.
Sometimes the patina that aniline leather acquires can be confused with a defect in the leather. Over time your leather will develop a luster or shine which will enhance the natural beauty of the leather. This is a natural process that adds to the value of your furniture and cannot be prevented.
The key to maintaining beautiful leather is proper care and conditioning. While all furniture ages with time, neglect and harsh conditions are the primary causes of damage and deterioration of leather goods. By following the steps above, and by taking care of your furniture, you can go a long way to extending the life and beauty of your valuable leather furniture.
Taking care of your leather furniture does not have to be a major chore. With these helpful hints, and general up-keeping, your leather furniture will look as great as the day you bought it.
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