Leather furniture is an investment that can last a lifetime if you know how to care for and protect it.
If you’re in the market for new leather furniture or have just brought some home, here are some tips to help you keep it looking great for years to come.
- Keep it clean: Dust and dirt can damage leather over time, so it's important to clean your leather furniture regularly. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy, grab a soft, dry cloth and quickly wipe down the surface when you’re doing the rest of your cleaning to remove any dust or debris that can cause scratches. If it is dirty, a damp cloth is all you need, and make sure the leather is dry not wet when you walk away.
- Keep it moisturized: Just like our skin, leather can dry out over time, leading to cracking and damage. To keep it soft and make sure it’s looking it’s best, apply a leather conditioner or cream every few months (especially in the dryer season!). Be sure to test your product on a small, inconspicuous area first to make sure it won't cause any discoloration or damage.
- Avoid direct sunlight: This is key for a lot of the materials in our home, as sun light can cause colours to fade over time. Leather can fade and become discolored if it's exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time. If possible, keep your furniture away from windows or use curtains or blinds to block out the sun's rays during peak times.
- Keep it away from heat sources: Leather can also dry out and crack if it's exposed to heat sources like radiators or fireplaces. Keep your furniture at least a few feet away from any heat sources to prevent damage.
- Avoid harsh chemicals: Avoid using harsh chemicals like bleach or ammonia to clean your leather furniture, as these can cause damage or discoloration. Stick to mild soaps and leather-specific cleaning products.
With the right care, your leather furniture can last for years, a few extra minutes a week of dusting, and some moisturizer can go a long way in protecting your investment.