How to Keep Leather Soft
Wondering how to keep your beautiful new leather sofa as soft as it is now? With proper maintenance and care, you will be able to keep genuine leather upholstery as soft and as stunning looking. Here are a few tips on taking care of leather upholstery and keeping it soft and safe from peeling, scuffs and cracks:
Make sure you don’t neglect the leather furniture. The genuine good quality leather is durable, but this doesn’t mean that you should neglect it completely. Make sure you clean up spills and stains as soon as possible, and properly so that they don’t get absorbed in the porous texture of the natural material.
No stains allowed
Take care of the stains on your leather furniture properly. This means, attending to them as soon as possible. Firstly, removing any excess liquid with the help of a damp wet cloth by dabbing on the spill. For more serious stains, use a white vinegar and water solution, or a water and mild dish washing solution to dampen the cloth with.
Before cleaning make a test
Whenever you are planning to clean your leather furniture with a new detergent or homemade cleaning solution, don’t forget to do a test on a hidden small area and wait 20 minutes for possible negative reactions first, before you proceed to apply it on the entire or part of the leather upholstery.
Make sure you regularly hoover and dust your leather furniture. Use a soft vacuum brush attachment to hoover it. Thoroughly hoover the furniture, including all the crevices as often as you vacuum the floors and the rest of your home.
Cover your leather furniture
Consider getting covers for your leather furniture. Cover it with bed sheets or other lightweight sheets whenever it is not in use. This will keep it safe from sunlight, dust, and dirt. Sunlight can dry the leather and cause it to crack, also dirt can become deeply embedded and can ruin the genuine leather.
Properly clean your leather furniture once in every 3 months. Do it by thoroughly hoovering it first, then washing with a clean soft cloth dampened either in white vinegar and water, mild dish soap and water, or with a specialized leather cleaning product. Remember to condition your leather furniture after washing. Use special leather conditioner, or saddle soap, flaxseed or olive oil to condition it safely and properly. Conditioning will keep the leather moisturized, flexible and safe from cracking and flaking. Consider also hiring expert leather furniture cleaners once or twice a year.