The genuine beauty of leather makes the upkeep worthwhile. Leather furniture sends a message of class, style and sophistication. That is, as long as it’s cared for properly. Part of the proper care, of course, is in scheduling regular leather cleaning service, but there are things you can do in between appointments to ensure that your leather furniture maintains the beauty that caused you to buy it in the first place.
Direct Heat, Humidity, Dry Air, and Sunlight
This is especially critical for those of us in Australia. The sun can do a number on our leather furniture, and if the furniture becomes faded, there’s no point in hiring leather cleaning services since the aesthetics of the furniture cannot be fixed without a professional dye job. So the number one thing you can do to prevent your leather furniture from becoming irreversibly damaged from fading is to keep it out of direct sunlight. Since fireplaces emit intense heat, your furniture should be positioned away from the fireplace as well. In fact, any heat source should be avoided.
Water and Moisture
Just as too much heat has a negative impact on leather furniture, so does exposure to too much water and moisture. It goes without saying that any liquid spills should be cleaned up immediately. But when you do that simply rub it off with a dry towel. Don’t try to speed up the drying process by using a blow dryer, as this will have a negative impact on your leather furniture, causing it to become brittle and eventually crack.
The ongoing maintenance related to leather furniture is really simple, but equally important to maintaining its luxurious appearance. If you simply vacuum the furniture once a week and wipe it down using a damp cleaning cloth, you will go a long way in preserving its integrity. Remember that scrubbing is never okay for obvious reasons. It will cause the leather surface of the furniture to become scratched, wrinkled, and it may cause it to sag.
Caring for your leather furniture in between leather cleaning services is incredibly straightforward. By keeping it away from heat sources, cleaning up spills promptly, and cleaning it regularly, your leather furniture will last years.