In order to help your leather furniture keep its natural beauty, you will need to apply some TLC often. Before doing anything, however, it’s important to know what type of leather your furniture is made out of – full-grain, aniline-dyed, or nubuck. Certain products are made for certain types of leather and you wouldn’t want to use the wrong one on your furniture, potentially ruining or damaging it. Check the label to know which type you have. Once you have an idea, the preservation process can begin.
- Move your furniture out of direct sunlight and away from a radiator or fireplace. When exposed to heat and light, your furniture can dry out rather quickly.
- Dust the furniture often with a soft cloth or rag, and vacuum between any crevices and cushions using the brush attachment. Clean up spills as soon as they occur, as leather is absorbent. When cleaning spills, blot only; do not rub.
- Before using a new product, conduct a color-fastness test by applying a small amount to an inconspicuous area. Allow it to dry and then check the area. If there is a noticeable change in the color of the leather, do not continue the use of this product. Use cleaning products that are approved for use on leather; stay away from cleaners that are alcohol-based, furniture polish, and saddle soaps. All of these can negatively impact the pigments of the leather.
- Use a leather conditioning agent at least twice a year. Wet a clean cloth or rag with the conditioner before applying onto the furniture; don’t directly pour the product onto the furniture. Use a deep conditioning product with a soft cloth or rag for scratched or faded areas.
- For spills that are water-based, blot them away and allow the furniture to dry on its own. Blot up stains caused by grease without scrubbing. If there is damage caused by ink, wax or gum, call a professional cleaning service.
- Move your cushions around often. This will prevent any spot on the furniture from becoming more worn than others.
- Keep sharp objects away from furniture so it won’t become accidentally punctured.
- Don’t use too much soap and water on the furniture, as this can cause the leather to break down and crack.