Leather is a product of nature and requires proper care and maintenance to ensure beauty and longevity. Failure to clean leather could result in premature ageing.
- Protect your leather from various scratches from pets, shoes, buckles, keys and other sharp objects.
- Take caution when placing leather furniture near windows. Direct sunlight may cause irreversible damage to the material.
- All natural leather may fade.
- Take care to place your furniture more than 2 feet away from a radiator or similar heat source.
- Not all cleaners are recommended for all leathers. Consult a professional if you use commercial leather cleaners.
- Leather is a skin and to prevent it from drying it is recommended that you use a humidifier to keep moisture levels at healthy levels.
FOR SPOTS AND SPILLS
- Never allow spills to set.
- Gently wipe spots with clean cloth and lukewarm water.
- If the stain persists, use a mild soap and dry any excess moisture with a clean cloth immediately.
- Never use detergents or alcohol-based products to clean spots.
- Special Note: Using cleaners and conditioners not formulated for the specific type of leather could cause direct damage and void the warranty. We recommend cleaning with warm water and mild soap.
Choose the Right Fabric
Choosing fabric that is appropriate for your lifestyle as well as the upholstered piece can extend the life of the furniture. You will make your upholstery maintenance easier when you choose the right fabric for the right place.
For example, synthetic fibers are a better choice for upholstered furniture that sits in areas of heavy usage. If you have pets, choose fabrics that do not have loose weaves or too much texture.
Protect Your Fabric
The best form of fabric protection is prompt attention to spills. A lot of work is done for you when the upholstery undergoes the finishing process at the factory. It is treated with soil and/or water repellents. Some form of mildew inhibitors may also be used. Additional fabric protectors may be applied to your upholstered furniture in the store or at home.
While this helps with maintenance and care by keeping spills from being absorbed into the fibers right away, it is not a substitute for prompt cleaning of a soiled piece. Always clean up any spills or stains in a timely manner, and follow manufacturers’ instructions for proper care methods.
Turn the Cushions
You can extend your upholstered furniture’s life by periodically turning over the loose cushions. What can be simpler? This easy maintenance method allows for an even distribution of wear and tear, and your cushions won’t develop indentations right away. Caring for cushions by fluffing them after you’ve cleaned also helps keep them in shape.
Change the cushions around from one couch or chair to the another in addition to turning them over. Some seats get more usage than others, so changing cushions around will ensure even usage.
Vacuum your upholstered furniture weekly for general cleaning and to remove surface soil. This also prevents dirt from becoming embedded into the fibers. You may also use a brush to gently whisk the dirt away. Make sure to always use a soft bristled brush so that you don’t snag the fabric.
Regular care does a lot for your upholstered furniture’s maintenance but accidents will happen. Blot any spills immediately with a clean folded towel: never rub, but blot gently. Sometimes this is enough to get rid of the stain completely, especially if the fabric has been pre-treated with a fabric protector.
Always test in an inconspicuous area before you use any product for spot cleaning, and check the manufacturer’s instructions to see if you need a water or solvent based cleaner. It is best to use a mild cleaning product. Apply with a soft brush in a circular motion to work into the fibers, then vacuum when dry.
Avoid Sunlight and Pollutants
Too much sun can damage your upholstery fabric, causing it to fade and even fray. Try to position it so that it doesn’t sit in the sun for extended periods of time. This is especially true for silks or other delicate fabrics.
Airborne pollutants such as fumes from cooking or smoke can also harm your fabric. It isn’t always easy to avoid that from happening however, proper ventilation can help with odor control, as upholstered furniture can easily absorb odors.