CAUTION: When cleaning leather upholstery of any kind always perform a sample test of the products performance on an inconspicuous area of the leather. DO NOT use these cleansers or conditioners on unfinished leather or suede.
Tanner’s Preserve Leather Conditioning Cream is my favorite leather care product. I use it on all my leather furniture and recommend it to my client’s as well. It's extremely easy to use to safely cleans leather surfaces. Tanner's is made without harsh chemicals or ingredients that could harm and/or discolor many leather finishes. Tanner's Preserve contains emollients which feed and bring back supple leather surfaces, reviving their rich luster. Investing in leather furniture for your home can last a lifetime if cared for correctly. They can look beautiful and serve their intended purposes for well beyond the intended usefulness of furniture upholstered in other textiles. Authentic leather furnishings are designed to soften with age. With that
Investing in leather furniture for your home, is a practice in good finance. Leather surfaces can protect expensive desktops and leather upholstered seating can last a lifetime (and beyond) when cared for correctly. These furnishings look beautiful and serve their intended purposes for well beyond the intended usefulness of furniture covered in other cloth or natural fiber textiles. Authentic leather furnishings are designed to soften with age. With that age, these pieces become part of our most treasured moments. Still, many of my clients are hesitant to make fine leather furniture part of their spaces.
Leather is sometimes perceived as difficult to care for, delicate and almost always expensive. Potential owners of leather furnishings fear damage caused by children, pets or guests. These views are simply without cause or warrant. Caring for leather furniture is really no harder than caring for other types of upholstered furniture. The advice below will help keep your leather intact, fully functional and looking its best for years to come.
- Wipe the leather furniture down regularly with a clean, dry, lint-free cloth. This basic care routine for leather upholstery is simply wiping the furniture down with a dry cotton cloth. Regular dusting, just like vacuuming will keep excess dirt from drying and wearing the leather and seams.
- Vacuum dirt and life’s bits from between the cushions and any other nooks and crannies. Just as with every piece of upholstered furniture, the most thorough way to ensure complete eradication of excess debris that sometimes builds up on at the back of our desk or under sofa cushions is by using your vacuum's hose attachment. Happily, no special precautions are necessary when vacuuming leather furniture.
- Apply a leather conditioner (like Tanners Preserve) on a regular basis. The most notable difference, and sometimes concern, between caring for leather versus fabric upholstery is the requirement that owners condition the leather. These conditioners have a creamy consistency and easily rubbed into the leather. This process of cleaning and conditioning your leather furniture keeps it from developing cracks prematurely and drying out.
- Clean spills immediately with a dry cloth. When anything is spilled onto the leather upholstery, clean it up as soon as humanly possible. Using a dry cotton cloth or clean dry chamois or sponge to absorb as much of the spilled liquid as possible. Only utilizing a moist cloth if absolutely necessary. When it is necessary use as little water as possible to clean the spill, and wipe away the excess moisture with a dry cloth until dry.
- Avoid soaking the leather in water or soap. Unlike fabric upholstery, leather should never be cleaned by prolonged soaking in soap or water. Doing this can damage (dry out and harden) the leather even more than the initial stain you are attempting to alleviate.
- Avoid using cleaning products not designed specifically for leather. Detergents, solvents, all-purpose cleaning sprays, ammonia, bleach, and furniture polish are harmful to leather. Do not apply these products in an attempt to clean your furniture or remove stains from leather surfaces. Rely on dry towels or sponges to soak up as much of the stain as possible.
- Small scratches in leather surfaces can be buffed out with a microfiber cloth. Because leather is made from animal hide, it can occasionally dry out and develop small cracks and scratches. These scratches can be coaxed into healing themselves, however. All you need to do is buff them gently with a microfiber cloth until their appearance fades.
- Keep leather upholstery out of direct sunlight. Direct exposure sunlight (often magnified by windows) can cause the leather to dry out, crack and prematurely fade. Keep your leather furniture away from windows where it can be exposed to excess sunlight.
Following these 8 steps will extend the life of your leather furnishings well beyond other furniture. You'll be sure to enjoy it for decades with proper care.