Let's Talk About Leather!

by - Thursday, May 17, 2018

What are the main causes of fast wear on leather furniture?
Leather furniture is a quite popular choice for modern interiors. It has become even more accessible with the array of many online furniture shops like this or by visiting conventional brick and mortar furniture shops. Regardless of the place where you bought your favorite leather sofa, it requires special care to ensure maximum durability of the furniture.

Genuine leather upholstery is a highly durable material, but at the same time may be vulnerable to various impact factors that include:

·       direct sunlight;
·       temperature extremes;
·       dry air in the room
·       any liquid, including water;
·       abrasives.

If the sofa is located in direct sunlight or near a heating device, leather upholstery may crack. Any abrasive impact leads to the appearance of cracks or tears. Spilled liquid changes the structure of the material, because of which it eventually loses its softness.
Nevertheless, there are just a few simple tips that will give you an opportunity to enjoy the timeless look of an upholstery for many years.

Tip 1: ​"An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of Cure"
· Look where your leather sofa or chair is located. To ensure that the natural surface will not change its shape and will not shrink with time, avoid placing your leather home furniture near furnaces or other heating appliances closer than 5 feet away. It is undesirable for the leather to be exposed to direct sunlight.
· It is desirable to avoid having meals or drinks while sitting on the sofa, especially if it is upholstered in light leather.
· Protect the leather upholstery from pets. Unlike fabric upholstery, leather is very vulnerable to scratches. If you have cats, try buying special scratch posts, that will redirect the attention of your pet for scratching to another place, keeping your leather sofa safe.
· Remove dust from leather upholstery. It can be easily done by the vacuuming with a soft-nosed nozzle. Of course, dirt and stains in this way can not be removed. However, with regular care, the porous skin surface will not be "clogged" and salted.
· Light leather upholstery can be easily ruined by poorly colored jeans or trousers. Keep caution, remove the dye from the pores of natural leather is extremely difficult!
· Twice a year, leather upholstery needs to be treated with a special moisturizing compounds that will protect it from aging. Otherwise, the leather material can crack, and then nothing can save it.
  
In order to make leather care pleasant and easy, get all the necessary chemicals and compounds in advance. For high quality and non-aggressive cleaning, that will preserve original appearance and properties of the leather have on hand a special shampoo. As a preventive measure, use a protective water and dirt repellent wax balm that will preserve the original appearance of leather furniture for a long time. Coping with old stains, including ink stains, will help a concentrated stain remover. At hand, there should always be a soft napkin or sponge, which does not contain coloring pigments. If the upholstery of leather furniture is damaged, use special compounds and colors to restore the color of damaged skin.
Tip 2. Use leather care products

To find the right leather care product, first consult the manufacturer's recommendations. It is important to know what kind of leather your piece of furniture is made of. For example, for the lacquered and aniline surface, there should be different solutions used.

Never use chemical solvents, household bleaches and stain removers to remove complex contaminants. Do not use abrasive pastes and powders for cleaning leather upholstery.

Small cuts and scratches can be hidden with the liquid skin - a special compound that minimizes the damage.

Before using a new compound unfamiliar to your sofa, be sure to test the composition on the hidden area (for example, under the seat).
Tip 3. Emergency measures

Genuine leather is a material that can be easily soiled. And the longer the spot is on the leather surface, the harder it will be afterwards to clean it out. Therefore, if you find a spot on leather surface, proceed immediately to remove spot.

· Oils and Fats. Oily spot on the leather upholstery should be soaked with a napkin or a dry cloth, then carefully pour it over with absorbent: talcum, salt or flour. They will absorb oil and fats and remove the unpleasant odor

· Chewing Gum. Do not try to "melt" the trace of the chewing gum with a hair dryer or scrape off the remnants of it with a knife (blade). Freeze the chewing gum with a few ice cubes, and carefully remove it.
· Tea, coffee, juice, wine. If any liquid gets on the surface of the genuine leather, shake it off as soon as possible (do not wipe it, just whisk it) on the floor, then use a special compound. If it is not at hand, apply a little of soapy foam on the leather, leave it for a few minutes and remove it with a damp cloth soaked in warm water. The main thing is to act quickly, to prevent pouring of the stain in the leather.
· Traces of markers and ballpoint pen. Remove it quickly and easily with a small amount of alcohol.

Tip 4. Use the professional cleaning services




If the improvised means and special product used for the leather deal with the problem, it is not necessary to go on to extreme methods of removing contaminants. Consult a professional cleaning company - their services will in any case be cheaper than a new sofa or armchair.

How do you care for your leather? Have you had any bad spills or stains? I'd love to hear what worked for you!

Happy Wednesday!



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