A major myth in the modern world is that leather furniture is difficult to clean and keep shipshape for extended periods. In truth, keeping leather sofas, chairs and fittings in pristine condition isn’t too difficult – or, at least, it shouldn’t be!
While leather furniture can be pricey, it can be worth every penny, purely due to its sheer longevity – if you take proper care of leather furniture, it can last a veritable lifetime! It looks great as well, so for the aesthetically conscious, it can be a great investment. Naturally, any leather furniture owner can do their bit to keep leather furniture clean by limiting the contact of leather furniture with sticky or dirty substances which can cause stains and damage to such fittings. However, through acts of God or sheer accident, from time to time you will be forced to clean your furniture. We have compiled this list of top tips for leather furniture cleaning and renewal for your perusal – we hope it’s of some use to you!
For a start, you should under no circumstances use cheap cleaning products on leather furniture. This is because cheap cleaning solutions often contain harsh chemicals and abrasive substances – substances which can and will run roughshod on your beloved fittings! For instance, many cheap cleaning product solutions are rife with alcohol – and alcohol can cause incalculable damage to natural fabrics and materials, like leather. Some of the better cleaning contractors can provide you with top of the range products which professionals use to get the job done – and if you search smartly, you can buy quality cleaning products cheaply!
There are some basic rules to cleaning a leather sofa or other item of furniture. For one, you should always start off as ‘gently’ as possible. See whether a wet paper towel or cloth will get the job done. If it doesn’t, move up to a wet kitchen scrubber – if that doesn’t work, add a few drops of a mild cleaning agent to the scrubber and try again. However, be careful you don’t actually ‘scrub’ use a wiping motion at all times for optimal results. If that fails, think very carefully about where you go next. Move-in slow increments – the lighter the better! And remember, greasy marks and spills cannot be cleaned using water. The best way to deal with this sort of blemish is actually to use a dry cloth and press it down hard onto the affected area.
Also, some basic measures you can take on a weekly basis will ensure tarnish and blemishes don’t accumulate. Vacuum items of leather furniture at regular intervals, which will pick up surface-level dirt and dust. It doesn’t even have to be excessively thorough, or take you longer than a few minutes – just run a (clean!) hoover over the surface every 7 days or so. This is a good habit to get into with items of upholstery in general!
Whilst these are all techniques and measures you yourself can employ, in certain extreme circumstances it may be necessary and/or sensible to contact a professional domestic cleaning company to restore tarnished leather furniture. For instance, ink stains, or other serious chemical blights, must always be dealt with by a trained professional cleaner, rather than off your own initiative – unless you such a thing, of course! You’ll find that the best cleaning companies have specialists on their team who concentrate specifically on leather furniture restoration. Do some research on Google and find the cleaning services provider which can help you.
We hope you’ve found this guide to leather cleaning solutions useful!
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