The Doís and Doníts of Leather Furniture Care
When it comes to cleaning leather furniture, there is
certainly a right way and a wrong way. Since leather is a natural material, it
often requires a bit more attention and care then a typical upholstery fabric. A
lot of owners of leather furniture find themselves confused over the proper care
and actually do more harm by completely ignoring their pieces.
Do not be afraid of your leather furniture, as it will
require light maintenance to keep it looking its best. Since leather will
develop a natural patina over time, this process is not designed to keep your
leather looking new, but rather keep your leather clean and supple for years to
Something as simple as regularly removing the dust from
the surface of your leather furniture with a damp cloth is an excellent start in
your leather furniture care.
A key element in leather furniture care is using the
proper conditioner. These special liquids are designed to return oils to the
leather and keep the material soft and supple. For the best leather conditioner
to use on your specific pieces of furniture, we recommend using Ultra Shield.
You can buy a
kit from us including an extended warranty with any new furniture purchase.
However, just like anything else that you plan to use on
your leather furniture, you should be sure to test a small piece of leather that
is not visible to ensure that no negative effects will occur. Using a
conditioner every two to three months is one of the keys to keeping your leather
Cleaning Leather Furniture
Just like cleaners for upholstered furniture, there are
cleaners available for leather furniture. Everyone will experience the
occasional spill and stain, so be sure to have a bottle of this liquid on hand
in the event of an accident.
The most critical thing about spills or stains is to
begin work immediately to remove the mark. Wipe up any excess by carefully
blotting the area. Continue doing this with a dry cloth until all liquid is
Before trying leather cleanser, you can attempt to
remove the stain by further blotting the area with water. In many cases, you may
be able to remove the stain without any excess chemicals. However, should you
need to use leather cleaner, you should be sure the chemical is water soluble.
If the stain consists of ink or is an oil-based stain,
then you may need to seek professional assistance for removing the stain. When
dealing with an oil-based stain (including grease or butter), do not use water,
as it can worsen the stain.