Leather furniture care tips
Who doesn't like that beautiful piece of leather couch or elegant, classic leather furniture that we see in the showroom? But many are hesitant to buy thinking that leather is hard to care for. Why, yes and no. All you need really is just a bit of time, and a bit of care. Here are some tips that we found it useful through our own experience.
Condition the leather. Leather needs your care to make sure it's not going to crack. Slap it with leather conditioner every now and then, but be careful not to overdo it. Give our Leather Milk Furniture Treatment a try if you like.
Wipe up that spill. If spills occur, quickly wipe it off with a piece of clean cloth. Remember not to use the normal cleaning supplies, for example, soaps, detergents, solvents, etc.
Regular dusting. Much like vacuuming your carpet or sweeping that floor, regular dusting and vacuuming on your leather furniture and couch is highly recommended to avoid dust and dirt piling.
Avoid direct sunlight exposure. When deciding where to place your leather furniture, remember never to place them in direct sunlight. Its colour will fade and crack may happen in no time.
Rescue from minor scratches. If you are skilful with your fingers, gently buff the scratch. Use a chamois if you feel like it.
We hope you find these easy tips useful. If you have more, do share with us, so that we can also share the love and knowledge with everyone here!
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In the meantime, some general rules on leather care and protection.
Regular leather cleaning prevents the build-up of dust, dirt, mildew and bacteria. Use your clean fingertip to gently rub out the scratch as the natural oils from your skin will remove most small scratches. To remove dirt, grime or surface residue, use a soft damp cloth. Gently rub for removal. For a deeper clean, use a cleaner to help preserve the natural lubricating oils instead of stripping them. Cleaning is an irreversible process and therefore, thorough consideration should be made before any such attempt. Do not use coloured rags that are not dye-colourfast as the dye may come off onto your leather.
Leather, like our skins, loses suppleness in time if it is not provided with regular nourishment. Use a wax-free leather conditioner that will work on nourishing and restoring the flexibility and suppleness of your leather article. To waterproof your leather, protect it with a layer of "guard" while maintaining the leather's breathability.
Leather is a natural material and should be stored in a breathable, non-plastic or non-porous container, to prevent the growth of mildew and bacteria. If you have to store it in a garment bag, make sure to keep it open for ventilation.
Avoid at all cost:
- Harsh detergents, abrasive cleaners or solvents as they may contain alcohol, turpentine and minerals spirits and can pull the colour off leather.
- Prolonged and direct exposure of leather to hot and humid weather.
- Putting too much mink oil or animal fats may darken the leather. Animal fat may also turn rancid, causing the leather and stitching to rot.
- Place leather near open fireplaces or room heaters. If need to dry wet or damp leather, let it air-dry naturally.
- Waxes or silicone formulas as it will impair the leather's ability to "breathe".
- Sharp objects that may damage leather such as shoe buckles, scissors.