Leather is a naturally obtained beautiful and lively material that has been used in furniture making for centuries due to its unique characteristics. It is produced naturally from cattle hides and every hide has different texture, appearance and size, resulting in different types of leather fabrics used in furniture making. This, when combined with leather’s natural marks and play of colours, adds unique character to each furniture item produced like contemporary leather beds and sofas. Aging further adds sheen and beauty to leather furniture naturally.
Of all other attributes, leather furniture has been able to carry forward its centuries’ old legacy because of its durability. Though it is known to be highly withstanding against wear and tear, it still needs appropriate cleaning and care to live through the years with you. Given below are 6 best tips on leather furniture care.
1 Just like any other natural material, leather furniture when exposed to direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time, tends to fade. To make sure your leather furniture grows in its natural gleam with years of usage, avoid direct sunlight exposure.
2 Similarly, close contact with a heat source can damage the surface properties of leather. Leather upholstered furniture items should be placed at a safe distance from heat sources.
3 Unlike what many people believe, leather surfaces are not resistant to animals. Pets can easily scratch and distort leather surface with their claws and jaws, which can lead to expensive repair. Moreover, most of them have acidic saliva, which can also damage the leather finish.
4 Household chemicals can also pose a threat to leather surface. To avoid stubborn stains damaging your leather furniture, avoid treating it with household chemicals, such as domestic detergents (most of them) like bleach, nail polish, window cleaners, shoe polish, glue, paint, etc. In fact, you need to keep everything containing oils and solvents away from leather surface, including traditional leather cleaners, as most of them are harsh for sensitive leather surfaces.
5 Many cosmetics and body care items contain different types of oils and solvents; therefore, you need to keep them away from leather surface. Also avoid getting in contact with your leather furniture with wet hair. In order to avoid build-up of such products over leather surface, clean it regularly with all cautions.
6 Maintain surface appearance of your leather furniture, also restoring its texture by gently wiping it with a clean dry cloth once a week. This will also help you keep it dust free, adding to its long life.
Remember, preventive maintenance is the best way of leather furniture care, prolonging its life and sprucing its look. Following these simple tips can help you greatly in enjoying the luxury and sumptuousness of your leather furniture for much longer time period.