Furniture Care Tips: Leather
Leather is one of the most popular furnishings. Susceptibility to wear and tear will depend not only on how you treat it, but on the grade or type of leather, its production treatment, and even its origin. Because leather is a natural product, you can expect varying degrees of scarring, folding, or other imperfections. These characteristics should be embraced as an integral part of your furniture’s history. There are a number of options if your preference is for a more uniform look, e.g. corrected grains or vinyl.
For general care we recommend regular dusting with a clean, dry cloth. In most instances, commercial cleaning products should be avoided, as they can be harsh on the leather or its protective coating. Proximity to heaters or sustained, direct sunlight should be avoided as this can cause leather to fade or crack over time.
For tea/coffee, soft drink, jam or other sugary products; use a clean, dry cloth or paper towel to quickly remove the liquid from the surface. Then gently remove the stain with a clean wet cloth, working from outside inwards. Do not soak the surface. Do not use a hair dryer or heater to dry your leather; blotting with a dry cloth is much better approach.
For greasy stains like tomato sauce, chocolate or Vegemite; use an absorbent paper towel and apply just enough pressure to remove the substance. Avoid pushing or rubbing the substance further in to the leather. Dilute a mild, every day soap in plain water and use a dry towel to gently clean the stain, working from outside to the centre of the stain.
Suede is the natural underside of leather. Whilst is has a very soft, luxurious feel; suede is also hard to protect from stains. Be very careful with your suede furniture, and engage a professional cleaner to deal with any soiling.
A number of natural characteristics that you will find on your Protected or Natural leather covered furniture are shown below:
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