Love Leather? Some Leather Furniture Saving Tips
It used to be that leather furniture was only for the wealthy – with its usually high price tag and the intensive care and maintenance it required, leather furniture became a symbol of style, opulence and luxury for those who could afford them.
Fortunately, today leather furniture is more accessible and affordable for people of varying income levels, though it still imbibes a sense of class and style.
Some people, however, are still hesitant about purchasing leather furniture, because they believe it to be too “high maintenance”. The truth is, the maintenance of leather furniture need not be intensive or expensive.
Here are some simple ways to care for leather furniture:
The quicker, the better.
Particularly if you have children or pets running around your home, stains and spills on your furniture cannot and will not be avoided. That should not keep you from buying leather furniture, however.
Just remember that when it comes to stains or spills on leather furniture, the faster you get the stain or spill wiped out or cleaned, the less damage it can bring to the affected surface of the leather furniture. A damp cloth with some liquid detergent or hand soap will usually do the trick.
Regular Dusting Goes a Long Way in the Long Run
If you have the time, devote a few minutes every week to dusting your leather furniture. It is very minimal maintenance but it will help protect and keep your leather furniture in tip-top shape
Clean, Coat, and Seal.
Perform a “general cleaning” of your leather furniture at least four times a year using a leather cleaner of good quality. And after every general cleaning, apply a leather conditioner or protectant on your leather furniture to give it extra protection and help it last longer, giving extra attention to particular surfaces that are prone to wearing out, such as the seat and arm rest.
People Aren’t The Only Ones Who Need UV Protection
As much as possible, keep your leather furniture away from exposure to direct sunlight or extreme heat. Also avoid placing leather furniture in humid places or rooms in your home with very high air moisture. Such conditions may lead to damage on your leather furniture and may shorten its lifespan.
As in other types of furniture, leather furniture requires some degree of constant care and regular maintenance, but it doesn’t have to cost too much or require hard work. So don’t be afraid to get that leather couch you’ve been eyeing for quite some time now, and enjoy the luxury, comfort, and style of this classic piece of furniture.