Choosing the right furniture for your home is never easy and it likely won’t be cheap. Unsurprisingly, when it comes to couches, one of the most popular choices is without a doubt leather. Leather furniture adds a classic, upscale appeal to any home, but apart from being extremely stylish what makes it even better is it’s durability. Your leather couch can look stunning for years to come if you give it the right type of care.
As easy as it sounds, not everyone knows how to properly take care of leather. If you’re not careful you’ll quickly start noticing cracks and signs of wear and tear. Because of this, we’ve compiled some easy tips you can follow to make sure your leather couch looks as good as new for years to come.
Carefully position your leather couch
Although this might sound a bit unrelated, furniture placement actually plays an important role in the longevity of your couch. Although we don’t always have a choice, try to place your leather couch away from direct sunlight. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause the leather to dry out, start cracking faster and fade out your sofa’s original colour. Close contact with radiators can also cause leather to dry out quicker so try and keep your couch a bit further away from any heat sources.
Regularly maintain your leather couch
Just like any other piece of furniture in your house, your leather couch will require regular maintenance. If you make a habit of regularly cleaning it, you will lower the chances of serious stains and cracks forming.
Although you might not think dust is a serious concern, small pieces of dirt and dust can work their way into the creases of your furniture and dry it out, forming cracks. In order to avoid this make sure to dust and vacuum your leather couch weekly. After you’ve taken care of that, take a clean cloth and wipe it down to remove any grease and harder to clean dust that might be leftover.
Deal with spills immediately
Even though leather doesn’t tend to stain as easily as upholstery furniture, cleaning up spills and stains as quickly as possible is still recommended. Liquids can cause your couch to lose its original colour faster, while if left untreated grease stains can be nearly impossible to clean without the help of professional leather cleaners.
If you notice a spill, quickly use a dry cloth to blot the affected area and then leave it to air-dry. It is very important to remember to blot instead of wiping, because that way you’ll avoid spreading the liquid around and pushing deeper into the fabric.
Having the occasional snack is fine, but don’t make a habit out of it
As careful as you are, crumbs and other food debris will eventually fall onto your couch and make their way into the sides and cracks where they’ll be nearly impossible to clean.
Keep food and drinks away from your leather furniture
This might seem like an obvious one, but at the same time it’s still an important reminder. Having the occasional snack is fine, but don’t make a habit out of it. As careful as you are, crumbs and other food debris will eventually fall onto your couch and make their way into the sides and cracks where they’ll be nearly impossible to clean. Although this might not sound like a serious issue, food will inevitably attract insects and potentially mold which can ruin the fabric over time.
Invest in extra protection
Regularly cleaning and maintaining your furniture is key for its longevity, however why not take it a step further. A great way of protecting your leather couch is applying a layer of scotchguard protection on top of it. This water and stain repellent prevents any spillages from penetrating the surface of your couch and makes sure that they don’t turn into permanent stains. Furthermore, using scotchguard is incredibly easy and it leaves no traces behind. All you have to do is apply a layer of coating once every 5-6 months and let it dry off. Once it’s done, the anti-stain layer begins to work.
Although buying a leather couch might sound like a great idea, it’s important to know how to take care of it beforehand. Although following our tips will make sure you’ll have a stylish piece of furniture for many years to come, sometimes accidents do tend to happen. If you’re dealing with a stain that won’t come out, or you’ve been noticing discoloration, it might be time to seek professional help.
Our professionals at CleanExpert have years of experience dealing with leather and any types of stains. Call us today, get a quote and our leather cleaning specialists will take care of any problems you might have and bring back the original glow of your leather couch.