If you want to keep them in pristine condition, esthetically pleasing, and to make it last beyond its projected lifespan, upholstery needs just as much care as anything else in your home, and leather upholstery is no different; a classic, yet elegant design. With proper care and regular maintenance, leather upholstery has been known to last for decades. It does require diligence and commitment to protect the prestigious appearance, though the maintenance and care is easily performed. With this in mind, we at Heart of Texas Chem-Dry would like to share some tips on the maintenance and care that should be given to your leather upholstery.
Clean Up Spills Immediately
It is imperative that any spills get wiped away and treated promptly when they do or any accidental spills occur, many people promptly forget the “no eating or drinking” rule on your leather. Use a dry cloth to wipe up any messes avoid using moistened clothes or towels unless absolutely necessary. Immediately use a dry cloth to absorb the lingering moisture after using a lightly dampened cloth to wipe away the remaining crust in the event residue remains.
Never Clean Leather with Abrasive Tools
Do not reach for harsh soaps, detergents, cleaning solvents or ammonia-based cleaners to aid you in the stain removal process if stains have blemished your leather. Do not use anything more abrasive than a microfiber or cotton cloth in addition to avoiding the use of harsh chemicals. Liquid ruins leather, so not leave any water or liquid cleaner to set on a stains.
Avoid Direct Heat on Leather
Your leather will dry out or worse since leather, much like wood for example, does not react well to heat sources. Place your leather upholstery out of the direct sunlight and never next to fireplaces or radiators to avoid heat. Your leather will be irreparable if the leather dries out, the color will fade, the surface will stiffen and crack, if this happens your leather.
Clean Leather Often
It is better for your leather upholstery, doing the basic cleaning as often as possible. Be sure to clean your leather as frequently as possible, though daily cleaning routines are recommended, but we not everyone has the time. Use the vacuum’s hose and attachments to vacuum the creases and crevices, the button tufting, cushions, under cushions and sides, back, and top of the upholstery to remove the dust and debris. If you do not have a compatible vacuum, utilize a clean cotton or a microfiber cloth to wipe away the dust.
Treating Scratches on Leather Upholstery
On leather, scratches are easily inflicted. Keep the sharp items always from the leather upholstery whenever possible since it is always best to avoid getting any scratches. With a chamois, just buff the scratches that do occur.
Leather Conditioner Treatment
To avoid getting dried out, leather needs to retain enough moisture. Perform a periodic conditioning treatment every 6-12 months, extremely hot and dry climates should consider quarterly conditioning treatments for your leather upholstery. In most department or auto stores, leather conditioner can be found.