If you’ve just ordered a new leather sofa, that’s a reason to be pleased. You have invested in a piece of furniture that will last a lifetime and will keep looking better over the years. You can look forward to welcoming an elegant piece of furniture into your home that will only gain in character with use. But in order for your leather sofa to retain its timeless appearance, you need to give it the attention it deserves. Leather is sometimes considered to require a lot of maintenance, but with the right care tips, you can keep your furniture in great condition. Below you will find useful information on how to use your Leather furniture can maintain. Just follow the advice below and your leather sofa or armchair will look like new for years to come.

How to care for your leather furniture?

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Regularly clean leather furniture

Leather is a hard-wearing material that, with good care, will get better over time. However, without a regular cleaning routine, your sofa can look a little worn out quickly.

You should plan to take care of your leather furniture at least once a week. If your sofa is used a lot, consider increasing this time to twice a week.

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Follow the steps below:

  • Wipe the upholstery with a soft cloth to dust your furniture. To get into the nooks and crannies of your sofa, use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment.
  • Then wipe the upholstery of your sofa with a damp cloth. If possible, use distilled water, as the chlorine contained in tap water can attack the surface of the leather over time. Before using it for the first time, test an invisible part of the sofa to see how the leather reacts to water. Be careful not to get your sofa soaked, as leather does not tolerate large amounts of liquids.
  • At least every two to four weeks you should treat the upholstery of your leather sofa with a special cleaning agent and clean it thoroughly. Avoid all-purpose towels and sprays from the grocery store as they contain chemicals that can damage your sofa. Instead, use a gentle cleaner that works well on leather.
  • Let your sofa air dry and avoid sitting on it until it is completely dry. In this way, the leather remains wrinkle-free around the contours of your sofa. You can speed up this process by opening a few doors and windows to get good airflow around your home.

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Maintain leather furniture regularly

Leather contains oils that need to be freshened up from time to time. They help make the upholstery feel soft and supple. With regular use, however, oils can impair the natural properties of the leather. This is why it is important to use a special care product for your leather sofa that breathes new life into it and prevents it from drying out and cracking.

Use a leather protection cream that cares for your upholstery and protects it during daily use. Such a cream not only repairs the leather, but also applies an invisible layer. This extra layer makes it easier to remove stains. The transfer of dyes is also reduced.

Do not place leather furniture in the immediate vicinity of sources of light and heat

We mentioned earlier that caring for leather furniture helps keep it soft and supple. However, many people do not realize that prolonged exposure to the sun and other sources of heat are a major cause of drought and cracking. So be sure to place your new leather furniture in a location away from windows, fireplaces, air conditioners, or radiators. Of course, it is impossible to completely avoid sources of light and heat, but minimizing contact with them can actually extend the life of leather furniture.

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Polishing leather furniture

One of the best things about a brand new leather sofa is its beautiful, natural sheen. To maintain this quality, polish your leather furniture regularly with a microfiber or soft cloth. Do this as soon as your leather sofa is dry after cleaning it. Polishing is also a great way to reduce the scratches and scuffs that leather furniture typically gets with regular use.

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Remove stains from leather furniture

Leather has a reputation for being more durable than other upholstery materials, and rightly so. Still, it is prone to staining if liquid or food is spilled on it. Fortunately, a quick response and proper cleaning can help a lot. It is therefore important that you always have the right know-how and the right auxiliary materials on hand to quickly remove any contamination.

The first thing you should do is take a dry cloth or piece of kitchen roll and gently blot the spilled liquid. Be careful not to wipe as this can allow the liquid to seep into the leather. If you go fast enough, most of the spilled liquid can be absorbed by the cloth before it penetrates the upholstery. In this case, deeper cleaning is not required.

A leather protection cream can also slow down soiling. If you need to do something more than just dabbing, you can gently place a damp cloth on top. Note, however, that greasy or oily soiling can be aggravated by contact with water, so this should be avoided.

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You can fight heavier soiling with a special leather cleaner, which can often remove the problem without forming a stain. Therefore, you should always have an effective cleaning agent close at hand. In the event that you need to buy a new one, try it on an inconspicuous part of your sofa first to make sure that it does not have a negative effect on the leather.

With these tips and tricks you will be well armed and you will already know how to properly care for your leather furniture. Now you can enjoy your new leather sofa to the full for years!