how to care for leather furniture
It's easy to care for leather upholstery and when you do so correctly, it can last for15-20 years, twice the average life span of fabric upholstery.
- Don't place you leather furniture in direct sunlight, if possible. Like fabric upholstery, leather can fade with prolonged exposure to sunlight without precautions like curtains, blinds or UV-filtering window glazing.
- Keep your leather furniture away from high heat sources since it could cause the leather to stiffen and crack.
- Leather is a porous material and can absorb other dyes. Avoid placing printed materials, such as newspapers and magazines, on your leather furniture to avoid ink transfers and stains.
- Use a soft, clean white cloth to dust your leather furniture every week or two to prevent the buildup of soiling from regular use. If any soil does accumulate, use a damp, soft white cloth to wipe the leather surface clean. Before you apply any moisture to the leather, be sure to place a few drops of water in an inconspicuous spot to make sure the leather doesn't absorb it. If the leather does absorb water use only dry cloths.
- For protected leathers, a mild leather cleaner can be used every 5-6 months. Use of a leather cleaning product should be followed by the application of a protective leather cream to keep your furniture soft and supple.
- For unprotected leathers, such as, but not limited to, nubuck and suede, please consult the care literature that accompanied your purchase or consult the store where you purchased your furniture.