Sofa So Good
Leather furniture has long been a symbol of luxury and it shows no signs of changing any time soon, when it’s looked after properly, leather can last for generations. Most people wouldn’t think twice about cleaning their carpets but when it comes to taking care of a leather sofa (which can often cost more than a carpet) a lot of people have no idea where to start. So here are a few tips to help you make the most of yours:
- For normal day-to-day cleaning you should use a vacuum cleaner nozzle for in the crevices and a damp or dry cloth (but never wet) or duster to wipe it down. Doing this on a regular basis helps the leather to breathe
- Every 6-12 months you should apply a leather wax or conditioner to keep the leather soft and supple and therefore last much longer
- Spillages should always be cleaned immediately so that the liquid doesn’t have chance to soak into the leather. Make sure you never use alcohol to clean the leather as it will damage its finish, use a damp cloth to wipe the leather down and then apply a leather conditioner.
Remember: Where possible, try to keep your leather furniture out of direct sunlight. The sun fades the colour and ages the leather much quicker than if it we’re kept in a shaded area of your home.
When accidents happen
Occasionally accidents can and do happen, no matter how careful we are, scuffs and tears can occur. But there are things that can be done to mask scuffs and repair tears. To fix a tear there are some repair kits you can get your hands on that will help you to do it yourself but if the tear is a little tricky, often the best thing to do is call a leather professional. Scuffs on the other hand are something you can handle easily, here are a few steps you can take should something happen to your leather:
- Use a leather polish (try to match the colour of the polish to the colour of the leather, much like you would with car polish) to repair the scuff
- Finish with leather wax to help to limit damage in the future
Schots is a great place to pick up all the supplies you need to take care of your leather furniture, and their friendly furniture experts will be able to point you in the right direction if you’re unsure.
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