Leather is one of the most attractive and hardwearing materials when it comes to furniture. It can last for years and look just as good as the day you bought it, so long as it is cared for correctly.
Not looking after your leather will mean that it looks worn or gets damaged much easier, which results in your furniture not lasting as long as it should do. If you've invested in some beautiful leather design replica furniture, this is definitely something you don't want.
Luckily, leather isn't that difficult to look after if you know what you're doing. Taking time on a regular basis to care for your furniture will ensure your investment continues to look good, even when you're using it every day.
Here are five of the best ways to look after leather:
All furniture picks up dust, but if it has a smooth surface, this dust can actually end up feeling sticky over time. This makes it harder to get rid of, as well as causing an unpleasant feeling. It also results in a visible layer over the surface of your leather, which can leave it looking old and tired.
To stop this and keep the colour of your leather looking bright, use a clean cotton cloth to wipe the furniture down at least once a week. This means wiping every bit of leather down, even if you don't think dust could build up in a certain area.
This will also help you to keep an eye on any areas that are starting to look worn or notice any small damage before it can get worse.
Dust and dirt can also build up in crevices or on stitching, which is harder to remove than when it is on smooth leather. Rather than trying to wipe it away with a dry cloth, use the hose on your vacuum or a handheld model.
This will get rid of any dirt, dust or crumbs that may have fallen into difficult to reach areas and will literally take minutes.
It is a good idea to do this each time you vacuum the carpets in the same room, as then you get into a good routine and won't forget.
When it comes to cleaning your leather and conditioning it, it is easy to think that you have something that will do the job. However, if a product or cleaning solution isn't made for leather, you shouldn't use it.
This includes water, soap, stain remover, detergents, bleach and furniture polish. Using any of these or other products that aren't formulated for use on leather can actually damage the material and could make any stains or marks worse.
It can also wear the surface down over time, weakening it and resulting in damage that isn't repairable.
Leather, unlike fabric, can actually dry up and start to crack over time. This is why it is important that you condition it regularly in order to keep it soft and supple, which is important for the daily wear and tear it will face when used on furniture.
Conditioners created for leather are rich and creamy and need to be buffed into the surface, which means you definitely need to have some time put aside in order to condition an entire piece of furniture.
Ensure that you follow the instructions on the leather conditioner you purchase as each brand may have slightly different usage instructions. On average, a good conditioning treatment will last for between six and 12 months.
Leather, just like any other material, can be affected by direct sunlight. Placing a piece of leather furniture in direct and strong sunlight can actually cause it to dry out much faster than if you were to put it in an area that is out of the path of sunlight.
The sun can also cause the colour of your leather furniture to fade over time, making it look much older and also making it more prone to damage.
This means you should avoid putting your furniture near windows or in areas such as conservatories.
Following all of these steps will keep your leather furniture looking amazing for years to come.
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