You’ve made a long-lasting investment when you purchase your leather sofa. Leather looks even better with age, retaining its elegance and adding character to your décor.
To ensure this, you’ll need to take the time to properly care for your new furniture. Leather is sometimes unfairly labeled as requiring high maintenance. However, with some knowledge and care you can keep your leather furniture in excellent condition.
We’ve created this guide for Leather couch Repair and Restoration in Brisbane to help you enjoy it for years to come. Continue reading to learn more.
Clean your leather sofa regularly (the right way).
The leather sofa can look worn out and dirty even though it is durable. You can fix this by cleaning your leather sofa regularly and the right way.
Set aside time to clean your sofa once or twice per week, depending on how often you use it. For a uniform finish, treat your entire sofa and chairs.
Follow these steps to get started:
1. Dust off your with a soft, clean cloth. Use a vacuum cleaner with a soft-brush adapter to speed up the process. This is an effective way to get into the cracks and crevices on your sofa, and remove any dirt or dust.
2. Wipe down the leather sofa with a damp cloth. Use distilled water if possible to avoid the chlorine in tap water which can degrade your leather’s finish. Test your leather first in a hidden area to determine if it absorbs water. Some types of leather can be marked if you apply too much too fast. Use a dry towel instead if it happens.
3. Use a leather cleaner to clean your sofa once a month. Use of all-purpose cleaning products, wipes and sprays can damage the surface of your. Our leather cleaner kit contains a soft cleaning solution that is gentle, but effective. It can be used on all aniline and semi-aniline leathers, as well as pigmented leathers.
You should be aware that the dyes from clothing and garments that are not colorfast can transfer to leather and fabric. This is more visible on lighter upholstery colors such as whites, creams, and ivory. Please always check the labels of your clothing for more information.
Keep your leather sofa conditioned
Regular conditioning is essential to keeping your tufted couch in top shape. Leather is enriched with natural oils which help keep it soft and supple. However, these oils can diminish over time. A conditioner can rejuvenate the natural oils in leather to prevent it from drying and reduce the chances of it cracking or creasing.
In the cleaning kit there is a cream which will condition and preserve your couch. This cream will keep your sofa looking good and fresh, as well as protecting it from spills and stains. It will protect the protective coating of semi-aniline leather and pigmented materials from the daily wear. Abrasion and dye transfer damage will also be reduced, and stains can be removed more easily. This cream protects aniline leathers from spillages and ensures they maintain their moisture content.
Your leather should be placed in a specific location.
It is important to maintain your leather sofas regularly, but it’s also worth considering what the root cause of unhealthy leather can be. Leather can become stiff, crack and fade when exposed to heat or direct sunlight for long periods of time. This will ruin the appearance and feel of a beautiful. It is best to plan ahead and decide where you want the sofa placed in your home. Avoid places that receive a lot sunlight, are near a radiator or air conditioner, or have a fireplace. You can still expose your sofa to some of these things, but it becomes an issue if they are constant.
Regularly buff your leather
If your leather sofa does not have a matte finish it will still have a natural sheen that you want to maintain throughout its life. You can achieve this by buffing your leather suite regularly with a soft microfiber cloth or microfiber. This will prevent the leather from looking worn. Your sofa will not only look fantastic, but a gentle buffing can also help reduce minor scratches and scuffs. Do this at least every two weeks or after each cleaning.
At the end of each day, aim to fill your cushions.
Well-maintained sofas will maintain their shape and provide comfort for years to come. It’s easy to keep your sofa in good shape. Simply plump the seat, arm and back cushions each night. This will help prevent unwanted creases from forming by refreshing the shape. It is especially important to do this if the you have has a fiber or feather filling. Don’t forget your throw pillows.
How to clean a stain on your leather sofa
Leather furniture, while more durable than other types of furniture, is still susceptible to staining if not treated properly and quickly. The first thing to do after a spill is to remove the excess liquid.
You should carefully wipe the area with a kitchen towel or a dry cloth. Wiping the area can cause the stain to settle in. Spills can be absorbed quickly before causing any damage to leather surfaces. A damp cloth will work if blotting the spill isn’t enough. Water can make greasy or oily spills worse, like those caused by food. If this happens, avoid using any.
If you have a leather couch, it is important to keep a cleaning product on hand. This will enable you to clean up spills quickly and stop stains from settling in. It’s a good idea to keep a stock of leather cleaning products in a place where you can easily access them if you’ve never owned leather furniture before. Before using any new product, test it on a small area to make sure that it won’t damage your upholstery.
How to remove stains from leather
It can happen that an accident or spill occurs and you are unaware of it or cannot react fast enough. This can cause a stain to form. The type of substance that caused the stain may require a specialist to remove it. We’ll look at how to remove some of the most common sofa stains.
You might get an unsightly patch or line on your leather sofa if you drop a pen, marker or pencil onto it. If you act quickly and follow our spills advice, most of the ink stains on your leather can be removed. However, there is a possibility that some will remain. In this case, you will need to seek out professional advice for cleaning as the leather may require specialist care.
Grease or oil stains
We have already mentioned that grease and oil stains can be difficult to remove if not treated immediately. In this case, and if the stain is ingrained into the fabric, you should seek the advice of a professional couch cleaner. The cleaner may have to use special stain removal techniques to remove the blemishes without damaging the leather surface.
Red and white wine stains
A quick reaction will make removing red and white wine stains from your leather couch a relatively painless process. Use a soft cloth to remove excess wine. Mix water with mild soap and swish the bowl vigorously to produce lots of suds. Use a sponge to apply the foam only, then dab the excess off with a wet cloth and dry the area. After this, condition the sofa for a smooth and healthy finish. If the stain is persistent, consult a professional. They will likely have to use more intensive cleaning methods in order to remove the stain.
Watch out for less obvious dangers on your leather-tufted couch
It can be difficult to keep your leather sofa clean. But you should also watch out for less obvious threats to your upholstery. Unsightly marks can be left behind by materials that don’t hold their color. These fabrics do not retain their color well, especially when wet or damp, and they can leave marks on your leather. You should keep any items that are similar away from your leather sofa. This includes clothes, throws and cushions.
Be mindful of any items that may scratch leather. This includes keys, scissors or buttons, studs and buckles. You may cause a big scratch on your leather upholstery if you press one of these items against it too forcefully or quickly.
You should also consider the possibility that pets who have spent time on your previous sofa may scratch it if you allow them to sit up. All depends on how you feel about having your pets spend time on your new suite.
Care for your leather sofa
If you follow the instructions in this guide, your leather will remain in top condition. If you have questions about the guide or require further advice on leather care, contact. Our team will be glad to offer some valuable advice.