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How To Care For Your Leather Sofa

 Leather sofas naturally change with age and small wrinkles, stretch marks and veining aren't uncommon. These variations of shade and texture are due to the fact that no two hides are the same and it can take up to three hides to make one sofa, so they aren't considered faults. However, leather still needs proper maintenance to retain its natural beauty. With the right amount of care and attention, leather upholstery will stay durable and stylish for years to come. Here are some tips and tricks that can help your leather furniture have a long and healthy life.

Clean Regularly

This might seem one of the most obvious tasks in keeping your leather sofas in good shape, but many people forget this important job. Weekly care of the leather is imperative to a healthy looking grain. Careful vacuuming with a soft brush will keep the pores free of any dust or dirt particles and an occasional wipe with a slight damp clean cloth will also help.

Don’t Let Stains Set

Although fabric sofas are more likely to stain than leather sofas, it is important to still act quickly on any spillage that could damage the leather upholstery.  Spills can normally be removed before they stain the leather with a dry cloth to blot the area, without the need for additional cleaning products. Some stains, such as grease or oil, may need professional attention, rather than trying to remove them by rubbing the leather, as this could cause further damage.

Don’t Use Strong Cleaning Products

Many people make the mistake of using too much water and soap to clean their leather furniture. This can actually disintegrate the surface and speed up the cracking and breaking process, instead of cleaning the surface. Strong solvents or ammonia are particularly dangerous to leather and should never be used. Only use a leather conditioner that isn't too strong and only use it once every 6-12 months.

Avoid Excessive Sunlight and Intense Heat

Just like your own skin, leather can be damaged by exposure to sunlight and high temperatures. Don’t put your sofa near a window or a radiator as this could cause excessive discolouration and cracking. Ideally, you should cover your leather sofa with a throw for maximum protection when not in use. 

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