Tips for cleaning and maintaining leather furniture

How to clean and care for your leather furniture? Leather is one of the most durable and low maintenance surfaces for home furnishing. Leather is also one the few materials that actually look better with age. Different types of leather upholstery have different cleaning requirements, so leather furnishings need plenty of tender loving care.

Follow these steps below on how to maintain and clean your leather furniture.

  1. Vacuum with a soft brush. If you use your leather furniture frequently – especially if your skin comes into a lot of contact with the material – you will need to do this once a week. Vacuuming removes all the skin particles, dust, and other contaminants that have accumulated on the leather and be sure to go over the seams and cracks of the furniture, as this is where the dirt gets trapped.

  2. Wipe the furniture down. Use a clean, soft cloth dampened with warm water, to wipe the furniture down weekly and this should be a part of your basic leather care routine.

  3. Apply leather conditioner. This is a vital part of cleaning a leather sofa. As with all household chemicals – remember to check the label before use, test on a discrete part of the item for any discoloration, and then apply liberally in a well-ventilated room, using the appropriate protection for your hands and face.

Leather requires regular care and maintenance to look it’s best. It is very important that you know what type of leather your furniture is made from as they are many kinds of leather out there, so using the wrong kind of leather conditioning products can affect its appearance.

  1. Place your leather furniture away from direct sunlight. Products like alcohol-based cleaners, saddle soaps and furniture polish contains solvents that may affect your leather’s pigments.

  2. Twice a year make sure you apply a leather conditioner to all surfaces of your leather. Wet a clean cloth before applying the conditioner rather than pouring it directly to the leather’s surface.

  3. Dust your leather frequently with a soft cloth and vacuum between crevices and seat cushions with a brush attachment. Clean any spills immediately as leather tends to be absorbent.