One of the great things about owning a leather sofa is how long they last, often simply looking better and better with age. To achieve this effect, however, they do need a bit more care than a fabric sofa, and require careful cleaning especially if stained or soiled.
In this blog post, we give some advice for how to keep your sofa looking its best for years to come, as well as how to clean and care for a leather sofa and deal with common mishaps.
How to Condition and Treat Leather Furniture
Although leather is quite resilient to fading, it can crack and discolor if it dries out. It’s therefore best to keep it out of direct sunlight, and not too close to heat sources such as radiators or fireplaces; about two meters is a good rule of thumb.
Like all furniture, your leather sofa will need regular cleaning and care, and it’s important to do so carefully and using the right methods and products in order to avoid causing damage.
For regular weekly cleaning, vacuum the sofa using a soft brush to remove dust, crumbs or any other small particles. As these often accumulate in the seams, gaps and between cushions, it’s important to pay particular attention to these places.
Once you have vacuumed the sofa to remove all of the largest particles, you should wipe it down using a soft cloth, preferably microfiber, dampened either with simple warm water or with a home-made solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. Then dry the sofa with a soft towel.
Most of the time, a simple weekly cleaning routine like that described above will be all that is needed to look after your sofa. About once or twice a year, however, you should condition the leather. This replaces the natural oils in the leather, without which it will eventually dry out and crack. Leather conditioners can be purchased from any of our showrooms, and it’s always important to read and follow the instructions, and to test new products on a small and inconspicuous area of the sofa before applying it all over.
Spilling something on a leather sofa can be worrying but there’s no need to panic, most spills can easily be cleaned up with care and specialist products. The most important thing is to blot up as much of the liquid as possible, but not to wipe it as this is more likely to cause permanent discoloration of the leather.
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For spills that don’t look as if they will be solved by simple blotting, it’s often best to buy a specialist leather cleaning product. However, ink and permanent marker stains can often be removed by carefully blotting with rubbing alcohol, and grease stains from food or hair can be removed by sprinkling baking soda or cornstarch onto the stain and then brushing it away after a few hours.