Ensuring long lasting durability and quality Compared to other fabrics leather is an extremely durable, hard wearing covering for quality furniture.
The application of colouring substances to upholstery leathers in their manufacturing processes provides extremely good abrasion and stain resistance.
Just follow these simple care instructions to ensure that you preserve the natural beauty of your leather furniture.
- Wipe down your leather furniture once a week to remove dust. Use a clean, damp white cloth. Arm rests, seat cushions and creases should be given extra attention. Clean any marks not removed with proprietary brand leather cleaner.
- Vacuum the leather carefully with a suitable brush attachment to remove dust, crumbs, pet hair and so on. This applies especially under the cushions.
- Once every 3-4 months (for furniture under normal use) give your leather an overall clean using proprietary brand leather cleaner.
- To keep the leather soft and supple, apply a leather conditioner after cleaning.
- For extra protection after cleaning and conditioning, apply an upholstery leather protector. This will make future cleaning easier and help protect against soiling and mould.
- Remove marks as soon as they are noticed to help prevent permanent staining.
- If you can’t remove a mark with 10 firm rubs using leather cleaner, do not continue rubbing as you may damage the leather.
Removing Liquid Spills
- Soak up the liquid as quickly as possible. Remove the cushions and use white tissue paper, cheese cloth or a colour fast bath towel. Apply the cleaner onto the effected area, wipe over the leather, and rinse out the cloth as you clean. Dry off the leather with a soft dry cloth or towel. Leave to dry slowly away from direct heat or sunlight. When dry, apply a new coat of leather protector.
- If you have a mark you can’t remove, call your retailer first. If necessary they can recommend a leather re-finishing company that can re-colour and re-finish leather.
Prevention of Mould
- Mould can start to grow in areas on your leather furniture that receive the least wear. This is often first seen on the backs of leather suites and chairs.
- Most leather cleaners have anti-mould additives in their formulas which will kill any mould and prevent mould growth. Such cleaners, however, cannot repair area where mould may have damaged the surface.
- Don’t leave your leather furniture in the full sun for long periods- it will dry out the leather.
- Don’t put your furniture too close to heaters, fire or radiators.
- Be careful with pet claws, show and clothing buckles and other sharp abrasive things that can scratch the leather.
- Newspaper ink rubs off easily onto leather.
- Carbon paper, paint solvents, nail varnish, dyes, felt pens and similar products can cause serious damage.
- Don’t use flysprays, air fresheners or hairsprays near your leather. Also keep plant foods away from the leather.
- Common cleaning materials can cause severe damage.
- Don’t use the following products on your leather furniture.
- General purpose household cleaners
- Laundry detergent and soaps
- Unapproved leather care products
- We recommend leather care products such as Pelle and Leathermaster which have a separate leather cleaner and leather protector. Other proprietary brands with similar product breakdown will be acceptable.
What to consider when buying leather
- Leather is a unique natural product and should be treasured.
- Leather will improve in appearance with age and give lasting service if cared for properly.
- As leather is skin, there will be variations in each hide. These variations can be found both within one hide and from hide to hide. They are completely natural and normal and should be expected in leather.
- Leather may stretch with time. You should expect some stretch in the leather in the seat areas of your furniture over time, just as you do with a pair of trousers.
- The texture will vary throughout the hide.
- Leather is absorbent and needs regular care and cleaning. Using recommended products you can retain its beauty and ensure lasting wearability.
- Each piece of leather furniture is subtly different. As a natural products leather will behave in a subtly different way from one piece to the next.
- Leather will flex and soften gradually during the lifetime of your furniture. It will take on the lived in look with use. Expect this, and your furniture will serve you well provided you clean and care for the product as recommended.
- In later years leather can be rejuvenated to look almost new. Reputable leather refinishers are located in most major centres.