All types of upholstery require routine maintenance and professional care to preserve optimal conditions and aesthetics during the lifespan and with diligence, the potential to increase the longevity is there as well. Leather is often used to upholster different furniture and the classic yet elegant display fits in any style. Leather is fairly durable and long lasting as long as it is properly cared for. In an effort to help you keep your leather looking healthy and gorgeous, we at Heart of Texas ChemDry would like to offer some tips and advice regarding adequate care and maintenance.
Leather Furniture Care Tips to Prevent Drying Out, Scratches & Other Wear
1) Avoid heat. Leather does not react well to heat sources, much like wood, and the excessive heat causes them to dry out. The leather can be ruined if it is left for extended periods of time in close proximity to heat. The leather first dries out, resulting in the color to fade and cracks to manifest. Ensure your leather upholstery is clear from fireplaces or radiators and out of direct contact with the sunlight.
2) Frequent leather cleaning. The leather will do exceptional the more frequent you can wipe it down. If possible, daily cleaning is optimal but not everyone can afford the time so as clean it as often as possible. With the vacuum’s hose and upholstery attachments, extract the dust and debris the creases and crevices, the button tufting, cushions, under cushions and sides, back, and top of the upholstery. For quick wipe downs ensure you use a microfiber cloth to manage the dust.
3) Immediately tend to spills. Despite the “no eating or drinking” rule on your leather, doesn’t always mean people will comply with your wishes and it doesn’t necessarily prevent any kind of contact from forms of liquid either. But when the accidents occur, it is imperative that they are immediately cleaned. Avoid using any moistened cloths and use dry ones to clean up the mess. In the event the mess requires moisture to remove the residue, use a damp cloth, no cleaners, and follow up right away with a dry cloth.
4) Never use harsh cleaners and abrasive tools. Ammonia based cleaners, harsh soaps, detergents, cleaning solvents, and acidic cleaners should NEVER come into contact with your leather, these chemicals will only damage it. Additionally, scrubbing pads and cleaning brushes or any kind of abrasive tool also needs to be vetoed as they will damage the leather as well. As mentioned before, use only microfiber clothes and water minimally.
5) Treat minor scratches. Leather is susceptible to scratches and scuffs. Keep any implement that can cause the scratches away from the leather and if they should occur, utilize a chamois. Be sure to tend to the scratches quickly as they will only get worse if left untreated.
6) Moisturize leather. Extremely hot and dry climates should consider quarterly treatments where other climate conditions only should perform conditioning applications every 6-12 months. Leather conditioners can be in most department and auto stores.