Advice for Caring for Leather Furniture

Leather furniture looks beautiful and is right at home in Western-themed décor, but it often requires a little more care than other types of furniture.  Fortunately, with a little attention, your leather furniture can last for years—and look its best while doing it. If you have leather furniture, this advice will help you keep it in top condition.

Know What Kind of Leather You Have

The vast majority of leather furniture is made from protected leather. This kind of leather has a protective coating on it to make it more stain-resistant and better able to stand up to wear and tear. However, it is still possible to find home furnishings that are made from unprotected leather. The cleaning methods for each of these kinds of leather are slightly different, so it is important to know before you begin.

Stay Away from DIY Cleaners

On the internet, you can find lots of DIY leather-cleaning potions on places like Pinterest that use everything from mayo to vinegar. Unfortunately, many of these well-intentioned recipes end up doing serious damage to leather surfaces. To protect your leather, always use a professional leather cleaning product or a neutral-pH cleanser. Commercial leather conditioners are also better than home blends. If you are in doubt about what kind of cleaning products to use, ask your furniture store for advice.

Do Regular Spot Cleaning

Periodically, vacuum your leather and clean it with a leather cleanser and microfiber cloth if you have protected leather, or simply a cloth if you don’t. If you spill something, clean it up right away, before it has a chance to sink into the leather. Apply a commercial leather conditions every six to 12 months.

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