Furniture is exposed to various strains caused by external factors such as body oils, perspiration, color transfer from clothing and general wear and tear on a daily basis. Here are some tips to help maintain surface appearance and texture of your furniture:
- Gently wipe your leather once a week with a clean dry cloth or vacuum with a soft brush to help remove dust and other build-up
- Dab spills immediately using a soft clot. If necessary use a mild, colorless soap to remove difficult stains
- Avoid leather cleaning products with harmful chemicals, detergents, window cleaners, bleach and finger nail polish, nail polish remover, glue, shoe polish, paint, and other corrosive materials
- Do not use a steamer to clean the leather
- Leather is a natural product with limited elasticity and any stress will result in tears. When stretched leather does not completely return to its original shape.
- To keep your cushions looking fluffy and new, avoid sitting in one area and use the seating areas evenly
- Leather like any other natural material can fade when exposed to direct sunlight over a long period of time. To minimize fading, avoid placing your furniture in direct sunlight
- Leather is not resistant to animals. Allowing pets on your leather furniture is not recommended. Their claws may scratch the leather which can lead to an expensive repair. Their saliva is acidic and may also harm the leather finish
If the sofa needs to be moved, avoid lifting from the armrest and arm pillows. The correct way to move the sofa is by lifting from the base of the sofa or underside of the arms. Never move the sofa by pushing or pulling it.
GENUINE LEATHER CHARACTERISTICS
It is important to remember that due to its genuine features, leather has natural wrinkles as well as slight color and texture variations. Hence, leather furniture gives a completely natural look and feel to your home. There are four main characteristics or “blemishes” of natural leather: scratches, wrinkles, insect bites and natural healed scars. Leather has limited elasticity. To keep your leather and cushions new and fluffy, use the seating areas evenly. It is also important not to lean, sit or reach over the back of the sofa as any pulling or tugging might result in a tear. Allowing pets on your leather furniture is not recommended. Their claws and saliva can harm the leather finish.
Leather furniture can last longer and look better by proper care to preserve its natural characteristics. When properly cared for all leathers keep their special look and feel. It is normal for seat cushions to become ‘worn in’ and soften overtime. To ensure seat or back cushions return to their intended shape, you can simply massage or smooth the cushions by hand. Jumping on the sofa or sitting on the arm or back is not recommended.
TEMPERATURE & HUMIDITY
Position your leather furniture away from direct sunlight, high-wattage lights, heating and air conditioning units to prevent leather from drying out. It is important to keep the home and office where your furniture is placed properly humidified. Natural products such as leather require a reasonable level of temperature and humidity. To remove dust gently wipe your leather with a clean, dry or slightly damp soft cloth to avoid build-up of dirt and dust. Avoid using chemical cleaners as it can discolor a patch on your furniture. Spills Clean up spills immediately by dabbing with a soft cloth. For greasy stains, a colorless soap can be used, wiping the stain from the outside towards the center. Remove any residual soap with a damp white cloth, and dry the area with a clean white towel. Never use heat to hasten drying.