Leather, while resilient and hard wearing upholstery, is still vulnerable to staining and the build-up of dirt. To keep your furniture looking it’s best for longer it’s important to maintain a cleaning and protecting regime to keep your leather looking its best. While there are many options for products and cleaning solutions we recommend only using leather specialist products on your furniture. Leather comes in a vast range of finishes so make sure you’re familiar with your leather type.
This guide is intended for finished, aniline, and bonded leathers. Do not attempt the guide below if you have a suede or nubuck sofa as these materials require different care.
For best results we recommend cleaning your sofa on a bi-monthly basis – however depending on how much you use your furniture you may wish to clean and protect once a month.
1. Vacuum your furniture. Using a soft tipped brush on the vacuum nozzle remove any accumulations of dust and dirt. It’s important to remove this prior to cleaning as this will prevent any excess from being spread around your sofa or pressed directly into the leather. Make sure you get into the corners and between the seats.
2. Clean using a specialist leather cleaner. Gently foam the product into a sponge and gently wipe the upholstery in a circular movement. Try not to rub or apply to much pressure. Once finished wipe the furniture dry with a soft cloth.
3. Protect using a specialist leather protector. It’s important to re-apply a protective layer over your furniture after cleaning to safeguard against premature aging and irreversible damage from penetrating stains. The protector forms an invisible protective barrier against dirt and staining, making it easier to remove any spills. Dampen a sponge with the protector and again apply in a light circular motion. Wipe off any excess with a soft cloth and allow the furniture to dry.
Tips to prevent damage:
- Pre-test all products in a hidden area on your furniture prior to use (even specialist ones!) and ensure you are happy with the results before using. ...