Leather Care Guide
Many often shy away from leather on the notion that it requires some significant maintenance and will not last in a family home where small children and pets could wreak havoc upon the upholstery. This care guide will de-bunk the myths around leather care and assure you that if you are considering purchasing some luxurious leather furniture that you can purchase in complete confidence and know exactly how to keep it looking its absolute best for years to come.
Leather really is a tough material, it has been used for centuries for its resilient properties and hard wearing longevity. This alone is testament to why a good piece of leather furniture will last you a lifetime and is a fantastic investment for your home. Obviously though if you own pets you will want to avoid cats using it as a scratching post or dogs as a chew toy. Other than this, leather is pet friendly and you will not have to worry about it any more than other furniture in the house. In fact, leather is a far more resilient material for upholstery than fabrics and is going to look much better for much longer. Being a natural product, leather ages gracefully and time will mature the material with a natural patina that grows in over time, whereas fabric will fade and wear out.
Leather couldn't be easier to keep in tip top condition but bear in mind that it is a natural product and so does require some care to maintain its natural beauty. To begin you will want to find a spot out of direct sunlight and away from radiators or risk the leather cracking and fading. By using a leather conditioner every 6 - 12 months the leather will remain soft, supple and free from cracking, retaining that luxurious sheen. Scratches may occur but this is not a problem if you know how to buff them out effectively. Minor or slight scratches can be buffed out by moistening slightly with distilled water and then using a chamois or clean fingers to work the scratch out. Finally, make sure to keep your leather dust free and clean by using a dry micro fibre cloth and hoovering in crevices and along the bottom.
Thrills and Spills
Minor spills can be vanquished with ease by simply wiping away any excess liquid immediately with a clean absorbent cloth and then using a slightly moistened cloth to dab the area. Leave to dry naturally and make sure to avoid over saturating the leather. If an oil, grease or butter stain wipe away the excess as normal but allow the stain to dissipate into the leather for a short period of time. If this stain does persist then we recommend a professional leather specialist clean the area as other methods may result in damage to the furniture itself.
Regular soaps, detergents and solvents should all be avoided when cleaning as these could split the leather and dry it out. If considering a cleaning product, apply to a hidden area first to make sure it has the desired effect.