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Maintaining Leather Furniture

How to keep leather furniture smooth and in good shape.

General Cleaning

Leather furniture should be conditioned and cleaned every 6-12 months. This time frame varies according to how much the furniture is used (or abused!).

Spills And Spots

Wipe or blot off spilt liquids immediately with an Apply a gentle cleaner with a soft cloth or sponge and dry thoroughly.

Stubborn Spots And Stains

Apply a gentle cleaner with soft cloth or sponge. Always clean a small hidden sample area first to make sure the cleaner won't discolor or damage more visible parts of the furniture. After cleaning, rinse and dry naturally.

Mould

Clean the affected area with leather cleaner. Then use a leather mould killer. To prevent mould from growing, do not dispose the leather to damp or wet conditions. Allow air to circulate freely around the whole piece of furniture. Saddle soaps, oils, abrasive cleaners, household cleaning solvents, soaps, furniture polish, oils, varnish or ammonia water should not be used on leather furniture.

Ten Wood-Care Tips

  • Dust wood frequently with a clean, soft, lint-free cloth.
  • Clean up spills immediately by blotting them gently, without rubbing the surface.
  • Always use coasters under both hot and cold drinks.
  • Use a quality furniture polish approximately once a month.
  • Use mats and place a felt lining under vases and other objects - these make it easier to move objects around when you are polishing and cleaning, without scratching surfaces.
  • Try to keep humidity as constant as possible; high humidity causes wood to swell, while low humidity causes wood to lose moisture and shrink.
  • Do not use silicone polishes. Many of them contain an ingredient that can seep into the original finish and cause permanent damage to the wood.
  • Place wooden furniture away from direct sunlight, which can dry and bleach the wood.
  • Move ornaments, lamps and other items on furniture to another position from time to time so that they do not leave permanent marks.
  • Don't place rubber or synthetic materials, such as plastics, directly on wood finishes, since they might contain chemicals that could damage the finish.
 

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