How to Look After Leather Furniture

How to Look After Leather Furniture

Caring for Your Leather Furniture

Choosing leather furniture is common for those who want upholstery that will last a lifetime and stay beautifully intact and with the right care and occasional repairs, that is exactly what you will get.

Myths about Leather Furniture
Some people are afraid that leather upholstery will definitely be ruined by active children or pets. In fact, leather is one of the most classic premium materials exactly because it can withstand much and stays strong for years.

Tips for Leather Furniture Care and Maintenance

Keep the Dust Off
The main thing that needs to be cleaned from leather furniture is dust. Because of the porous nature of the material, dust can fairly easily collect on the surface. Dust is easy to clean from leather sofas and chairs by simply wiping a dry, clean cloth along the upholstery. This is all you need to do to regularly care for leather. You should also vacuum between crevices to remove any dust that has collected there or under cushions.

Avoid Direct Sunlight
Leather does best if it is out of direct sunlight. To avoid, dryness, fading and discolouration, keep your leather furniture in a cooler area of the room, away from glass windows and screen doors.

Remove Scratches
You can remove scratches on leather by buffing it with a microfibre cloth until their appearance fades altogether. This works well for small scratches that develop as the leather dries over time. With La-Z-Boy leather recliners and sofas under warranty, major cracks in leather can be fixed or replaced within the   first three years of purchase .

Clean Spills
Leather, especially dark leather, is very forgiving when it comes to spills. You'll want to use as little water as possible, so start with a dry cloth or sponge to absorb as much liquid as you can without adding any.

If your spill is sticky, use a just-damp cloth and rub the leather. Avoid soaking leather in fabric or soap, and only ever apply products made specifically for leather, rather than all-purpose cleaners.

Repairing Rips
Buying leather furniture is an investment, and if the leather rips you can either go to a professional leather repair shop or use an at-home leather repair kit and sand paper. Leather repair kits will help you fix a rip in leather by applying a PVA adhesive compound that functions like glue. The PVA adhesive is white, and you mix various colours in the kit to get the matching one.

Fixing Discolouration
Due to spills, sunlight fading, or oils, your leather furniture might need re-colouration. To do this yourself, start off by cleaning your leather thoroughly. Apply a leather prep solution to degrease and remove any oils. After the leather dries, gently rub fine sandpaper over the affected area, and sponge on leather colour. Apply another layer of leather colour using a spray bottle in long, even strokes. Let the furniture sit for 48 hours, then seal and recondition with a leather protectant.

Find Your Next Leather Lounge Furniture
Horton's furniture carries a huge range of leather sofas,   recliner chairs , suites, chair lifts, and other home furniture. View our genuine leather   La-Z-Boy series   online or test out your next leather furniture in one of our two   Newcastle furniture stores .

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