How to Take Care of Your Leather Furniture

August 07, 2018

How to Take Care of Your Leather Furniture

Albuquerque 3-Cushion Turquoise Sofa


Timeless. Luxurious. Durable. There’s something about leather furniture that denotes a level of sophistication and demands attention.

To be sure, you want to draw the right kind of attention, and that means treating your leather furniture with care to extend the life of the furniture piece and ensure that it continues to look good over time.

When our customers at Great Blue Heron come to us seeking high-quality, custom upscale western décor, they can rest easy knowing that they are purchasing the toughest leather furniture on the market. Some of our full grain hides just can’t be destroyed.

There are a few things you can do to take proper care of your leather furniture. So to help you out, we’ve compiled a few of the tips we pass along to our customers to make sure their leather furniture can be enjoyed for generations to come.


Cleaning and Conditioning Your Leather Furniture

"Queen" Chaise Lounge


Frequent cleaning care might include the use of a leather protectant spray once a month to help protect the natural sheen of leather. You may also want to vacuum to remove dust and crumbs that have accumulated.

Depending on how much you use your leather furniture, it’s probably a good idea to get a professional to clean it every so often.

To keep your leather nice and soft and to help extend the lifespan, apply leather conditioner to your furniture every six to 12 months to help keep it from drying out and cracking. You may need to apply the conditioner more frequently if you live in a drier climate.

While some leather manufacturers may tell you to avoid placing your leather furniture in a sunny room, some of our leathers can weather the sunlight with the right cleaning and care. Call us if you have any questions about the best kinds of cleaning and care options for your leather if it will be in a sunny room.

Leather furniture is perfect for homes with pets. We can customize your furniture with some of our most durable scratch-resistant leather options if Fido is going to be on your new sofa. Your main consideration might be that you’ll need to give it a clean or vacuum a little more frequently.


Cleaning Spills and Stains on Leather Furniture

"Medina" 2-Cushion Tufted Loveseat

We advise you not to eat on your leather furniture since greasy foods can leave hard-to-remove stains. But if you do, and you end up with a stain, clean it up immediately.

To clean your leather furniture, use soap without chemical additives and avoid harsh cleaning solutions that could damage it. There are several cleaning products available on the market that are perfect for keeping your leather in top condition.

Different steps need to be taken depending on what kind of stain you are trying to tackle. To get ink stains off of your leather furniture, dampen a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol. You’ll want to perform a spot test, preferably on a hidden area of the stain if you have one, before attempting to remove the entire stain.

Gently apply the rubbing alcohol with the cotton ball and let it sit for 10 minutes. If all is well, proceed by gently applying the cotton ball with the rubbing alcohol in a circular motion.


Protect Your Leather Furniture from Scratches and Tears

"Roja" Tufted Loveseat


Leather furniture is durable, but can scratch as a result of contact with clothing and accessories you might not have even considered, such as jewelry or zippers. It goes without saying that you should definitely keep sharp objects like scissors and knives away as well.

If you see any cracks or rips on your leather furniture, consider getting help from a professional leather furniture repair company.

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