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How To Properly Care for Leather Furniture

Leather furniture is a beautiful addition to a home, contributing to an atmosphere of quiet elegance and refinement. However, it is necessary to maintain leather furniture for it to keep its sumptuous texture — nothing looks worse than worn or faded furniture. Be sure to take proper care of your leather furniture to ensure that it maintains its pristine appearance and doesn't sink into disrepair, ruining your room's aesthetic.

1. No Soap!

Be careful to avoid soaps on your leather furniture. Seemingly harmless cleaners, like oil soap, can stain leather. You don't want unsightly soap stains on your nice furniture, so be sure to heed this warning. It's also best to avoid household detergents and soaps, no matter how mild, as they can eventually make your leather dry, brittle, and damaged. While ordinary cleaners may not damage leather after one use, the more you use them, the more the damage will become apparent. Using dedicated leather cleaning products to maintain your furniture is far safer.

2. Avoid Direct Sunlight

Direct sunlight and fluctuating temperatures can damage your leather furniture. Avoid temperatures and lighting that you would not be comfortable in for long periods. If you're too hot or too cold, chances are so is your leather. As such, avoid placing your furniture near a radiator or air conditioner. Direct sunlight can also cause your leather furniture to bleach, dry, and crack. Can you imagine owning this beautiful Natuzzi Editions Benevolo Leather Power Reclining Sofa only to allow it to lose its luster in the sun? If you do place it in front of a window, it's best to draw the curtains or blinds on sunny days.

Natuzzi Editions Benevolo Leather Sofa in living room setting.

3. Clean Spills Quickly

Be sure to blot any spills on your leather furniture promptly. If the spill is grease or oil, use talcum or baking powder to blot it quickly and help absorb the stain. If it is not a grease or oil stain, use a terry cloth or old towel to dab up the spill. Stains can ruin the look of your exquisite leather furniture, If you have gorgeous leather furniture, such as this Futura Leather 8511 Leather Ottoman, cleaning up spills rapidly can help avoid unwanted damage.

Light blue leather ottoman

4. Keep Surfaces Free from Dust

To take care of your leather furniture properly, you need to wipe it down with a damp cloth occasionally. This is to clean the dust off of it in as minimally invasive a way as possible. Ideally, you will use distilled water for this, as the chlorine in tap water can discolor your leather. Say you have a nice leather loveseat, such as the Bernhardt Grand View Sectional. You're going to want to clean it by gently dampening a clean rag with distilled water and then running the rag over the front of the sectional, going over the arms, passing over to the rear and sides of each section, until you've wiped down the entire piece.

A duster will also work but make certain that it doesn't leave chemical residue by testing it in an inconspicuous area. Some commercial dusters clean and polish, so unless it's specifically designed for leather and you've tested it, avoid that variety.

Gray leather Bernhardt sectional

5. Use A Leather Protector

Another step you can take for proper care of your leather furniture is to use a leather protector. This will keep the leather supple and soft, and help retain its true finish and color. Simply spray or rub on the leather protector according to the instructions on the package, and your leather furniture will have an extra layer of protection from damage like color fade and wear.

If you're looking for some beautiful leather furniture, Baer's Furniture is home to hundreds of luxury brands and stunning pieces. They also have stores all over Florida. Find the location closest to you here.