Maintaining Your Leather Furniture: Best Practices For Longevity

Posted on: 12 May 2023

When you invest in leather furniture, you're not just buying a basic household necessity — you're also getting a timeless asset that can add beauty and comfort to your space for years to come. However, like any investment, your leather furniture will require care.

By following these maintenance tips, you can keep your leather furniture looking its best:

Regular Dusting and Vacuuming

Keeping your leather furniture clean is the first step in its maintenance. Dust can settle into creases and corners, dulling the leather's sheen over time. Use a soft, dry cloth to gently dust your furniture regularly. For more thorough cleaning, vacuum your furniture with a brush attachment to remove dirt and dust from crevices.

Promptly Cleaning Spills

Leather is porous and can absorb liquids if they are left to sit, leading to stains. When a spill occurs, act quickly. Use a clean, dry cloth to blot the spill — don't rub, as this could spread the liquid. For stubborn stains, consider using a leather-specific cleaner. Always spot-test any cleaning product on an inconspicuous area first.

Conditioning the Leather

Over time, leather can dry out and crack. To prevent this, condition your leather furniture every several months. Leather conditioner or cream replenishes the natural oils in the leather, keeping it supple. Apply the conditioner with a soft, clean cloth, gently working it into the leather.

Protecting from Sunlight and Heat

Leather, like skin, can suffer from too much exposure to sunlight and heat. Prolonged exposure can cause the leather to fade, dry out, and crack. If possible, position your furniture out of direct sunlight and away from heating vents or fireplaces. Keep drapes closed during the day while you're at work or are otherwise not using the room, especially on sunny days.

Avoiding Sharp Objects

Sharp objects like keys, pet claws, or even certain types of jewelry can scratch or puncture leather. Encourage household members to be mindful of this, and consider providing scratch posts or toys for pets to distract them from your furniture. Additionally, train your pets not to jump up on the furniture, and don't leave them alone in a room with leather furniture for any length of time. 

Regular Professional Cleaning

Finally, consider having your leather furniture professionally cleaned every couple of years. Professional cleaners have the expertise and equipment to deep clean without damaging the leather.

To learn more, contact a leather furniture supplier in your area.