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How to care for your leather sofa

29 Nov 2018

A high-quality genuine leather sofa, if maintained properly, can last for 10 years and more! Some may think that leather needs a lot of maintenance, however, with the right methods, there is little need for expensive cleaning. Read on to learn more about how you can maintain your leather sofa and ensure that it looks new for many years to come!

Clean your leather sofa regularly

Be sure to clean every part of your sofa, as there may be a slight alteration in the colour of your leather when it has been treated. This way you’ll avoid having furniture with mismatched upholstery.

Follow these steps to clean your leather sofa every week:

Step 1: Use a soft cloth to brush off any dirt or dust that might have settled on the surface of your sofa. To get into the nooks and crannies of your sofa, you can use a vacuum equipped with a soft brush attachment.

Step 2: Use a damp cloth to wipe the upholstery of your sofa. It’s best to use distilled water if you can, as the chlorine in tap water can damage the finish on leather over time. Before you do this for the first time, test how your leather takes to water on a part of the sofa that is hidden from sight. Take great care not to soak your sofa, as leathers do not take kindly to large amounts of liquid.

Step 3: Once in a while, you should use a specialised cleaning product to treat and cleanse your sofa’s upholstery. Steer clear of using all-purpose wipes and sprays from the supermarket, as they can contain chemicals that can damage your sofa. Instead, use a soft cleaner that is proven and tested to work on leather — we recommend the soft cleaner for leather included in our leather care kits, which can be safely used on all leathers.

Step 4: Leave your sofa to dry naturally, and avoid sitting on it until it is done. This will allow the leather to stay shaped around the contours of your sofa with no creases.

Condition your leather sofa regularly

Leather contains oils that need to be replenished every so often. They help to keep the upholstery soft and supple to the touch, but regular use can diminish its natural properties. This is why on top of regular cleaning, it is important to use a specialised conditioner on your sofa, which will give it a new lease of life and help prevent it from drying out and cracking.

Our cleaning kit, which we have already mentioned, also contains Leather Protection Cream that will condition your upholstery and protect it during day-to-day use.

Position your sofa away from sunlight and other heat sources

Extended exposure to sunlight and other heat sources cause leather to dry and crack. Therefore, while it is impossible to avoid light and heat completely, try to position your sofa in a spot away from windows that get a lot of sunlight.

 

Check in with our sales staff at our showroom if you are interested in our leather care kits or just drop by to hear more tips from them!

Our showroom is at Big Box Level 3, 1 Venture Ave 608521!

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