Looking after your lovely leather sofa - Tips on how to keep your leather sofa in perfect condition
Thursday, 16 August 2012
Leather sofas are the ultimate choice in luxurious home furnishing. Durable as well as soft and supple, they are the number one choice for interior designers and homeowners who want a sofa that’s hard-wearing and looks fantastic for years to come.
All the leather sofas from sofa.com are lovingly crafted from the finest aniline leather (except the house leather which is semi-aniline), simply meaning that the leather is both beautiful and hardwearing. Unlike most high-street leather sofas, this material is carefully stained and worked, making it far less likely to crack over time.
Although all the leather used for sofa.com’s sofas is high-quality and expertly treated, there are ways to protect and nourish your lovely leather for the coming decades. Leather sofas are a rare type of furniture that matures with age. To get a lifetime of enjoyment from yours, here are some tips to take care of your comely couch.
Dusting a sofa isn’t as preposterous a notion as you might think. By giving your new couch a wipe down with a damp cloth once a week you’ll be deterring the build-up of dust. Over time, dust can invade the natural creases and pock-marks that give leather its distinctive feel, reducing that lovely sheen you fell in love with.
It’s best to test an inconspicuous area first when using a damp cloth, as some leathers can absorb water instead of repel it. If this is the case, use a clean dry cloth to dust every week instead.
Don’t forget to wipe down any legs or wooden accents on your sofa with a non-abrasive cleaner to maintain it. Avoid accidentally getting polish or wax on the leather as this can damage or discolour it.
Your leather sofa is now a part of your family and like your family, it needs feeding once in a while. A good leather cleaner will restore your couch’s glorious shine but it will also give back some of its much-needed natural oils. These are important because they help the material to stay soft and supple, avoiding cracks that occur when it is allowed to dry out.
Non-detergent leather conditioner is what you need to keep your sofa in tip-top condition. Cleaning your sofa every three months will get rid of unwanted oils and other dirt that naturally builds up from use. You can of course buy specific leather conditioners from furniture shops, but saddle leather cleaner can work just as well. Make sure you read the label before use and test a small area first to avoid full-scale discolouration.
It’s also important to remember that spills and marks should be dealt with using leather cleaner and a soft cloth to avoid lasting damage. Keep buckles, zips and other potentially destructive things away too – leather might be robust, but it’s no match for a boisterous child!
Keep out of direct sun and away from direct heat and follow these tips and your sofa will remain an object of beauty for years. Happy reclining!
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