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LEATHER CARE
LEATHER CARE

 

Many people forget that leather is a natural product and neglect it: as such it can deteriorate in terms of looks and texture. This guide has been put together to help you look after your leather products - from the smallest footstool to the largest sofas the rules are the same. Over time, undetectable skin oils and acids that naturally come into contact with leather can cause cracking, peeling, or discoloration. This can be anything from sun cream or moisturiser to the wrong type of cleaning products.

 

Placement of Leather Furniture
The placement of your leather furniture is very important to ensure years of service.  Do not place leather furniture too close to a radiator, fireplace or a direct heat source, even a heater vent.  Maintain at least 2 feet between any heat source and the piece.

Avoid placing your leather furniture in direct sunlight.  This will also dry out your leather and cause it to fade.  Although leather is the most durable covering available, anything exposed to direct sunlight will fade over time.

Whenever possible position your leather furniture away from high traffic areas that may be susceptible to family members or visitors who will inadvertently rub against it.  This may seem trivial but leather that is continuously rubbed will show marks that may not be able to be removed by conditioners.  The best policy is to place leather furniture at the far end of the footpath. This way you can display its beauty more openly and at the same time preserve its look.

 

Regular Care

When you first place your new leather furniture be sure to use a high quality leather conditioner/preservative to protect it and keep the leather supple. We actually provide a free leather care kit with many of our leather sofas and lounge chairs so you will have everything you need to get started!

You should fully clean your leather furniture four times per year, ideally at the beginning of each season spring, summer, autumn and winter using a quality leather cleaner such as the one we supply.  In doing this you will greatly prolong the life span of your leather sofa and reduce the chances of causing damage through spillages, wear & tear and fading through sun light and other heat sources.

Pay special attention to wear surfaces, arms, backs and seats.  After a thorough cleaning always re-apply the conditioner/protectant to ensure many years of trouble free service from your leather furniture.

Weekly - Dusting your leather weekly is very important to keep leather pores free from dust particles.  Simply wipe it with a soft cloth.  Don’t under estimate this seemingly small task; it goes a long way in the long term care of your leather.  We will discuss more thorough cleaning next but remember not to neglect the weekly maintenance.

Spot Cleaning -  As always the quicker you get to a spot or stain the greater success you will have.  Most spills of food or drink should be wiped up using a damp cloth with a light detergent soap, such as liquid hand soap. 

All other stains such as ink marks, grease, blood, wax or gum should be removed using a professional leather cleaning product.  It is a good idea to have a good leather cleaner on hand so that you will be able to address the problem immediately after it happens. We recommend our professional high quality leather cleaning kit from ‘Leather Master’.

 

Suggested Methods of Cleaning
Always try any cleaning method in a hidden area first to convince yourself of the results.

For minor spots and spills, wipe up any excess liquid immediately with a clean absorbent cloth or sponge. If necessary, use a lightly moistened soft cloth with clean lukewarm water, and let it air dry naturally. If water is used, clean the entire area where the spot occurred.

Do not use soap or soak the stain heavily with water. This may cause more damage than the stain itself.

Do not use cleaning solvents, furniture polish, oils, varnish, abrasive cleaners, detergent soaps, or ammonia.

For butter, oil, or grease stains, wipe off excess with a clean dry cloth, and then leave alone as the spot should dissipate into the leather after a short period of time.

If the stain persists, it is recommended that a professional leather specialist clean the leather to avoid any potential damage to the leather itself.

For minor or slight scratches on the surface, use a chamois or clean fingers to gently buff the scratch. If needed, moisten lightly with distilled water to work scratches out.

Remember that leather is a natural product and requires some care to maintain the natural beauty of the hide.

We could possibly write a book just about leather care but hopefully the above is of some use in helping you maintain your lovely new leather furniture. If you need to know anything else then please call us on 0121 559 4095 or email sales@swankyrooms.co.uk.

 

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