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How to Clean and Maintain Leather Furniture

Posted by CCE Bloggers on 9/26/2018 to General Home Decor
How to Clean and Maintain Leather Furniture

Nothing compares to the comfort and style of leather furniture. It's soft, cool, attractive and works well in all styles of home decor. As a result, millions of homeowners choose leather for their living room furniture. A leather couch with a recliner is the perfect combination for a modern home. But if you're going to spend money on leather furniture, you'll need to follow some basic steps to protect it from damage. Like all materials, leather may sustain damage when not properly maintained. So, what's the best way to clean and maintain your leather furniture?

Avoid Spills

Although this is easier said than done, try to avoid spilling coffee, soda, sports drinks or any other liquids on your leather furniture. Leather is highly absorbent, with the ability to absorb stain-causing liquids. Normally, spilled liquids shouldn't stain your leather furniture as long as long you clean them in a timely manner. However, it's best to err on the side of caution by not spilling liquids on your leather furniture in the first place.

Regulate Humidity

Regulating the humidity level inside your home is an important step to maintaining leather furniture. All leather products are susceptible to damage when exposed to humid or dry environments, and leather furniture is no exception. When the humidity is too high, your leather furniture may develop mold or mildew. When the humidity is low (e.g. it's dry), your furniture may develop cracks as it dries out. Maintain a 40% to 50% humidity level to maintain your leather furniture.

Vacuum It

The floors aren't the only thing in your home that you should vacuum on a regular basis. You should also vacuum your leather furniture. While leather doesn't attract as much hair, dust and debris as other fabrics, it will still attract some. And if you don't clean your leather furniture, this debris will gradually degrade the fabric while shortening the lifespan of your furniture in the process. Try to get into the habit of vacuuming your leather furniture with a wand attachment at least once a week.

Deep Clean With Diluted Vinegar

When your leather furniture is visibly dirty, clean it with diluted vinegar. To do this, fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and distilled white vinegar. Next, spray a light mist of the diluted vinegar over the surface of your leather furniture, after which you can wipe it off with a clean washcloth. Diluted vinegar is a powerful, safe cleaning solution that works wonders on leather.

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