I remember as a kid we always had upholstered furniture. Then one day, my parents showed up with a brand new leather couch. My siblings and I were stunned and absolutely loved it (we especially loved jumping up and down on it when Mom wasn’t looking). The couch looked amazing compared to the old tarnished couch from yesteryear. The only thing with leather is that it looks great for a couple years (even with jumping beans for kids) and then suddenly it gets haggard. It happens so fast without proper care. You’ll need to help it age well and the leather will last a long time.
This is why it’s important to follow these tips!
I. Getting Rid of Spills & Stains
Spills and stains can be a nightmare for many types of synthetic fabric. But, because leather is a natural fabric (that ages well when taken care of) it is relatively easy to clean up.
When it’s leather, it’s a no-brainer! Simply take a clean, damp rag and wipe the affected area clean. Just be sure to steer clear of chemical-based products. Products that contain detergents can actually damage your leather instead of cleaning up the spills you intended, causing long term damages to ensue instead of a short term solution.
II. Restoring Leather Furniture
Scrapes and nicks are bound to happen to furniture. While most wear and tear is easily dealt with, often those scrapes are deep enough that applying leather pigment is the only way to restore the original look.
We take time to inspect your leather furniture and apply special pigmentation that matches perfectly with your furniture’s original tan. We can also revitalize the color of sensitive aniline leathers.
III. You + Chem-Dry Leather Cleaning
While you may know that leather furniture has an impressive life span, it’s up to you to meet it halfway. If you don’t protect it from pen marks and cat scratches over the years, it can quickly go from looking meticulous to looking as if it’s begging for mercy.
For most normal and routine cleanings, you can remove dirt and dander by vacuuming the crevices of your leather furniture or using a dry dusting cloth. If you do encounter a spill on your furniture, be sure to wipe it up immediately with a clean and absorbent sponge. If there is a sticky substance on your leather, you can use a damp cloth to wipe away the residue and allow the spot to air dry on its own.
You should never use soap or a heavily soaked sponge on your leather, as this can lead to more damage. In fact, most general cleaning products are not appropriate for leather and may break down the finish and lead to dryness and cracking. If you are having difficulty removing a stain, get creative, but not too much! Don’t turn a short-term problem into a long-term one by using the wrong products. That’s when it’s a safe bet to get a professional leather cleaning.
Other Leather Tips:
- Keep your leather furniture out of direct sunlight to avoid fading!
- Avoid cleaning solvents, furniture polish, oils, and any other abrasive soaps
- Be sure to use a good leather conditioner on your furniture every 6-12 months.
Caring for and protecting your leather furniture is an important part of maintaining its look over time. Whether you are looking to clean your furniture, protect it against stains, or remove marks and scratches, be sure to use only those products that are safe for leather and won’t damage the leather finish. And if you live in the area, be sure to use Chem-Dry of Lafayette, where you’ll be treated as family.