Leather furniture is common in many homes due to its durability and fairly easy maintenance. Coming home to a glorious leather chair or sofa to watch your favorite team win its game or to sit at a table without the fear of food destroying your furniture is a treat. However, this material is not indestructible.
Good to Know
There are a few things you need to know about this type of material on furniture. Leather can fade or damage if placed in direct sunlight or close to heat like a fireplace. So placing these specific pieces of furniture in areas that are away from heat and direct sun is highly recommended.
When you do have this type of furniture with this type of material, here are some things that you can do to take care of it. First, wipe down your leather with a clean clothe to remove dust. If you start accumulating dust or dirt, use a damp cloth to wipe the surface or using a cleaning solution specific to leather. If you use a cleaning solution, make sure you test it in a small inconspicuous place first to make sure their is no damage from the solution. Some pieces and materials can be more sensitive than others. Another way to remove dust and dirt is to gently vacuum your furniture.
Be careful of scratches, stains or harsh cleaners. These will inevitably damage the leather either requiring a professional cleaner or some new enhancements to your furniture.
To maintain and take care of your furniture, use a leather conditioner every 6 – 12 months. We like Leather CPR conditioner as it also brightens our pieces. This conditioner also keeps our pieces supple. There are also sealants that can also help protect your furniture long term. As stated earlier, test each solution before applying completely to your furniture. Also, do not immediately sit or place items on the pieces until the conditioners have had a chance to set in to the material.