Simple Solutions For Cleaning And Maintaining Leather Furniture

Posted on: 20 February 2018

Basic wear and tear can affect how your furniture looks and how long it lasts. Depending on the construction and upholstery used on your furniture, regular maintenance is required to protect your investment. Leather may be 4 times more durable than fabric upholstery, but it still requires cleaning and maintenance to preserve its look, feel, and underlying quality. Here are a few tips to help you clean and maintain your leather furniture.

Cleaning 101

Leather is one of the easiest materials to clean, so if you have pets and children in the home, you will love the ease of keeping your furniture clean. However, it is important to clean the leather upholstery regularly to reduce the risk of heavy, stubborn buildup of dirt and other residue.

To get started, connect your handheld brush attachment to your vacuum cleaner. Be sure the brush features soft bristles to prevent scratches while cleaning. Run the vacuum attachment following the grain of the leather.

Vacuuming is the best option for removing larger amounts of hair, dirt, and food particles, but wiping the leather down with a microfiber cloth or dusting tool is sufficient for a lighter cleaning.

If there are certain areas with sticky or stubborn patches of dirt, dust, or food, a more involved cleaning may be necessary. Thankfully, you do not have to use toxic cleansers that are too harsh for the soft leather upholstery.

In a spray bottle, combine equal parts of white vinegar and distilled water. Make sure to shake the bottle to mix the ingredients. Spray the solution onto a clean microfiber cloth, soaking it completely. Then, use the wet cloth to wipe the sticky, dirty areas of your leather furniture. After cleansing, dry the leather with a clean and dry microfiber cloth.

Maintaining 101

Over time, your leather may start to dry out. While it will still be functional and durable, the leather can benefit from an application of conditioner.

Many common household products can be used to condition your leather. The conditioner will help soften and moisturize your leather, making it feel softer and look shinier while reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and even light scratches.

Olive oil is one of the easiest options for conditioning your leather furniture naturally. Since a little will go a long way, apply a small amount of olive oil onto a chamois cloth and wipe down all areas of your leather furniture upholstery. For light scratches or rough patches, make circular motions on the leather with the olive oil and chamois cloth. This will buff out these minor imperfections. 

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