Cleaning A Leather Furniture: Leather Sofa/Couch Care.

A comfortable, trendy couch looks perfect in-house, for sure, but it’s pricey. So the thing is that it should last for longer too. In other words, that thing better lasts a lifetime. Wear and tear is natural—but ideally, the leather quality improves with age just like a fine wine. “Consider leather just the same as your skin. Leather is naturally breathable material with a good-quality, but it changes over time”, says RH artisan and designer Timothy Oulton. Just like your skin, leather also requires regular care to look at its best. Feel like taking care of your leather furniture but not sure from where to start? Here’s expert advice about leather cleaning from Oulton and Christophe Pourny, an expert from New York and the author of ‘The Furniture Bible’. They have shared their advice for cleaning the leather and have also revealed the secrets to bring the unclean leather back to life.[/vc_column_text]

  • Ways To Clean the Leather Furniture

Material that you need to do leather cleaning includes Water, Cotton Swab, Rubbing Alcohol, Saddle Soap, Soft Cleaning Cloth, and Leather Cream.

According to Pourny, the only care that your leather sofas need regularly is a good dusting with a dry cloth, and a monthly cleaning with an application of leather cream to keep the leather soft and moisturized. This product is magic, it helps you in cleaning up any dirt or stains that are build up the leather with time.

Here’s how you can do leather cleaning step by step:

  1. Start cleaning up with water and soap.

To deal with the mild stains on the leather, mix the soap in the warm water, and use that soapy water with the help of a damp washcloth for cleaning away the dirt and stains. There are specific leather soaps available in the market, usually known as the saddle soaps. Soapy water works best for lighter stains, but the removal of darker stains, like ink pen stains, is another story!

According to Pourny, “a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol can do clean the stubborn stains”. But be careful when applying it directly on the stain spot, and make sure that the alcohol doesn’t spread the stain onto more of the leather.

  1. Dry thoroughly.

After cleaning make sure to dry the leather thoroughly with a clean, dry cloth to avoid any mildew. For getting the best results of the leather cleaning, leave the spot overnight.

  1. Leather cream application.

The next step is to moisturize the leather by applying the leather cream using a clean, dry cloth. Let the cream sink in the leather, then polish for giving it shine if you want to.

  1. In end, take it to the leather expert!

If the above-mentioned things don’t work, then it’s the time to ask a respected leather care expert or shoe repair professional for help. “It might be a dispute but avoid taking your garment to the local cleaner, even if they claim to be the best leather care experts”, says Pourny. “I don’t know anyone who has a good experience with and the damage will be irreversible.”

  • How to avoid cracks and distressed spots on leather?

Assess the leather quality.

Aniline-dyed leather furniture is perfect for your home. The dye penetrates the entire material, and is not only durable but also looks natural. Instead of covering and sealing the leather with colored coating, look for leather that is dyed or waxed by hand. It feels like the leather wears in the dye, it’s not obvious on the outside. Such leather furniture is very easy to live with, and it develops a rich patina over time that is best for leather’s protection.

Consider the layout of your room.

“In most of the cases, the cracking of leather is the result of the ambient conditions i.e. lack of moisture, extreme temperatures”, says Oulton. Placing your leather furniture next to a radiator, under the air-conditioner or in front of a roaring fire results in drying out the leather. Sunlight has also the same effect of drying on the leather. So, avoid placing furniture right next to a door or window.

Keep your pets away from the leather.

Pets i.e. cats and dogs can cause great damage to the leather by scratching the leather with their paws. This damage can cause you a big loss, so teach your pets to stay away from the leather furniture. “This is the biggest cause of leather damage that is heard from the customers calling the leather care experts”, says Pourny.

Moisturize the leather.

For treating the affected part of your leather, find out the perfect treatment for your type of leather. According to Pourny, an Old World-inspired leather cream is perfect to be applied with a cloth to soften the leather and to remove the scratches. While according to Oulton “its recommends asking the Leather Masters”.

“Whenever you use any product on the leather, make sure to do a patch test first”, says Pourny. “Be more careful about the dyed leather, and beware that any product used on the leather is most likely to darken the leather.”

For bigger issues, contact a professional!

If the leather is damaged and you feel like the damage is not easy to handle, then don’t run the risk of further damage. For larger issues i.e. big cuts, it’s recommended to contact a professional who knows the ways of using the heat to make repairs to the leather.

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