Leather Care Tips

NEVER CLEAN WITH SOAPS AND DETERGENTS – Soaps and detergents can cause the leather’s surface to break down and, in some cases, will remove color.

NEVER USE OILS OR SILICONE – With continued use, oils may darken leather or soften the color, causing it to peel or wear off. Silicones cause leather to become shiny and slippery, attracting dust more readily and making repairs and refinishing impossible.

AVOID DIRECT SUNLIGHT – Colors and finishes can fade in the sun.

NEVER USE "HOME REMEDIES" – Damages like ink stains or oil stains should be handled by a professional leather care service. Doing it yourself can cause irreversible damage.

AVOID EXTREME TEMPERATURE – Don’t place leather furniture near radiators or air conditioners, as it will hasten the drying process.

REMOVE SPILLS IMMEDIATELY – Use absorbent paper toweling or a cloth to remove liquid spills. For grease or oil, use talcum powder or corn starch to absorb the spill. Never use water on grease or oil spills.

BEFORE USING ANY CLEANING METHOD – When maintaining and cleaning your leather furniture yourself, be sure to test any cleaning method on a hidden spot of your leather furniture to be sure of effectiveness.

INVEST IN A QUALITY LEATHER CONDITIONER – Leather is a natural product. The use of a leather conditioner is suggested every 6 to 12 months to help maintain its natural beauty. Leather furniture is hot to sit in during the summer and cold in the winter.  It is true that leather interiors of automobiles do tend to get very hot during the warmer months. In contrast, indoor leather furniture will warm up to your body heat. During hotter weather, because of leather being a natural product and having the ability to breath, it will  be cooling to sit on.

Here are some Misconceptions about Leather:

Leather furniture is hard to care for. Leather furniture can be easy to care for if done on a regular basis. Do not use regular cleaning solutions (solvents, soaps, etc…). Immediately clean up spills that occur on your leather furniture. Also use a quality leather conditioner every 6 to 12 months.

Leather furniture does not last over the years. Leather furniture is an investment  in quality for life. Because leather is a natural product, aging will actually make your leather furniture more beautiful the older it gets when properly cared for.

Kids and pets can destroy your leather furniture easier then other types of furniture. Unless your child deliberately uses a sharp object on your piece of leather furniture or your cat uses it as a scratching post, leather furniture is no more vulnerable to damage then other types of furniture. To give you added protection you can purchase leather furniture that has been treated with protective coatings.