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Top tips for caring for leather furniture

Top tips for caring for leather furniture

Top tips for caring for leather furniture

People all over the world love the look of leather, and many countries produce millions of pieces of leather every year to meet demand. However, leather furniture requires special care. Whether you have a lovely leather ottoman, lounge chair or sofa, use these tips to keep your luxury leather furniture in good condition.

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Leather or artificial leather?

Real and synthetic leather may look and feel almost the same, but they require different types of care. Check your tag (located on the bottom of the furniture), manual or receipt to verify if your furniture is genuine or synthetic.

If you don’t have any documentation, you can usually tell the difference between real leather and fake leather because faux leather is cool, tight and smooth like plastic. Natural leather, on the other hand, stretches and feels soft. Real material gets warm and has pores.

Proper placement and use of leather furniture

Natural products can degrade in extreme environments. For example, hot, dry climates can cause leather ottomans to dry out, causing cracking, peeling, cracking, and discoloration. However, damp areas can develop mold or mildew, so these areas often require a dehumidifier.

Regardless, regular care is necessary. Store leather furniture in a temperature-controlled room. Avoid placing them near air conditioners, next to radiators, or in direct sunlight as this can expose them to excessive heat.

Also, avoid eating and drinking on leather furniture to ensure a longer lifespan. Extra care means you’ll have to deal with spots and stains less often.

Clean Leather Furniture Properly

To clean leather parts, start by vacuuming the dirt. Pay special attention to your leather footstool, which can collect excess dirt when people put their feet on it.

Regular cleaning also includes wiping down the leather upholstery. Dampen a microfiber towel with a solution of a little water and a little mild natural soap. Then dry the leather to remove excess cleaning product.

Wet cleaning can damage the leather, so just a gentle wipe is all you need. Never use harsh chemicals as they will damage the finish and fade the color.

Try to treat spills quickly to prevent permanent stains. You can absorb the oil with baking powder or talcum powder and leather cleaner.

How often you need to adjust and clean depends on how often you use your furniture. Items in the living room often require more attention than items in the office.

Most furniture needs maintenance at least once a month. Items that are used frequently and get dirty easily, such as leather ottomans, may need to be vacuumed and wiped lightly every week or two.

Caring for Your Leather Furniture

A leather conditioning kit can help your furniture last. Body oils, lotions and hair products can get on the leather and stain them. Regular conditioning treatments will protect your leather from these oily by-products and food spills.

Conditioning should only be done once or twice a year. For best results, be sure to follow conditioning instructions carefully.

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When you buy a nice piece of leather furniture for your home or office, it should last for many years. The best way to take care of your furniture is to invest in high-quality furniture in the first place.

A leather ottoman, sofa or chair is an ideal addition to any room. For a range of quality products, view Poly & Bark’s carefully selected products.

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