You can get so many more years from your leather upholstery if taken care of properly! Honestly, did you not purchase your leather furniture because of its reputation for a long life? So naturally, you want it to last a long time.
While leather furniture adds beauty and character to any room in a home, but over time, body oils, perspiration, skin acids, and soiling will not work in favor of the leather.
This natural material requires regular maintenance to keep its beauty and prolong its life! Here are 8 Leather Upholstery Cleaning and Care Tips to consider:
1. Weekly wipe-downs
Our #1 piece of advice for Leather Upholstery Cleaning and Care is wiping down your leather furniture weekly.
All couches and chairs, including leather, build up all sorts of creepy particles. Everything from dust, dirt, and crumbs, to dead skin cells and hair.
Using a dry microfiber cloth, simply thoroughly wipe your leather free of any dust, dirt, or any other miscellaneous particles. Never use any abrasive cleaners or cleaning tools like a sponge or a brush.
For more stubborn spots, feel free to dampen your microfiber cloth, but ensure that it’s not soaking wet. Excessive amounts of water is a no go for leather!
Keeping your leather furniture from building up these particles is a great start to leather care. Make a regular habit of wiping down your leather upholstery weekly can mean a world of difference for your leather.
2. Vacuuming regularly
Along with your newly founded wipe-down routine, you’ll want to also make a habit of vacuuming your leather upholstery regularly.
This will help to get deep into the cracks and crevices of the couch that you probably don’t want to reach down into with your hand and cloth. We need to make sure those creepy miscellaneous particles are all cleaned out, don’t we?
3. Quick Cleanup
A huge part of making your leather upholstery last is taking care of messes as soon as they happen.
We know things happen– maybe you spilled something and were in too much of a hurry to blot it up right away.
Or you’re having a nice movie night with the family and Jr decides to wipe his buttery popcorn hands on the couch. The movie is over, it’s bedtime, and. the couch has been forgotten.
Try to get those messes taken care of right away by blotting away at any spills with a dry microfiber cloth. To get that grease or stickiness out, take that microfiber cloth and get it slightly damp (like we taught ya) and dab away at that spot, taking special care not to oversaturate the leather.
We’re all guilty of these occasional mishaps. But these are the moments that matter for your sweet leather sofa!
4. Placement Matters
Perhaps a very underrated leather upholstery care tip– placement matters!
Where you choose to place your leather furniture can have a significant. impact on how long that piece will last in your home.
Try to avoid windows that allow for harsh direct sunlight to sun damage your precious leather. A little sunlight is okay, and for short periods of time, but long-term exposure will damage the leather.
You’ll also want to do your best not to position your leather furniture too close to a furnace, fireplace, or directly under an air vent. This can cause your leather to dry out, crack, or fade– and that’s the opposite of what we want!
Prolonged periods of “the elements” are hard on anyone’s skin am I right? Think of your leather in the same way!
4. Leather conditioning
Yes, it’s a thing! Just like our skin and hair needs a little moisture and TLC, so does your leather upholstery. If your leather gets too dry, it can dry out and crack, so conditioning your leather upholstery once or twice a year is what it needs.
Find yourself a good leather upholstery conditioner at your local home improvement store, and give your leather a light sheen of conditioner with a microfiber cloth.
You’ll want to opt for a high-quality leather conditioner or oil, so you know you’re getting the best of the best for your furniture. You might also call the manufacturer of the couch and see what they recommend.
This will ensure a nice, long life for that beautiful leather piece.
5. Professional leather upholstery cleaning
Once a year it is highly recommended that you have your leather upholstery cleaned by professionals. Of course, that means Zerorez® Tucson, right?!
It’s hard to get a thorough clean on your leather upholstery, so with the right amount of equipment and knowledge, a Zerorez® leather upholstery cleaning could extend the life of your leather.
We’ll begin by gently agitating the leather while applying our premium grade leather cleaner, which also draws out and loosens embedded soils and oils.
In the process, we are also rejuvenating and revitalizing your leather upholstery (speaking of leather conditioning!). We do this by restoring the oils and conditioners that are naturally needed to maintain a healthy leather surface. You won’t even have to condition the leather yearly yourself– we can do it for ya!
With our patent-pending wand and premium leather cleaner, and we naturally clean and condition your natural leather– like it should be cleaned.
Most importantly, the quality of your leather isn’t soaked through and compromised! You can have your cake and eat it too…