How to take care of your leather furniture?
Reason to love leather furniture is endless. These products are durable, need little maintenance, and make our houses look fantastic. Keeping Wellington’s Fine Leather Furniture clean is easy, but different upholstery needs different ways to go about it. You need to first figure out what leather you want to buy to identify how to clean it.
Caring for Leather Upholstery
You need to keep it simple and not stress about the process. Don’t go for the DIY remedies because in reality things like vinegar and mayonnaise go well in salads, but are not good for your cleaning menu. You can even lose out on the warranty of the product if you use cleaners and conditioners to clean the furniture. The right cleaning materials are:
- Vacuum cleaner that come with a brush
- Distilled water
- Neutral-pH liquid soap that are non-detergent or leather cleaners
- Soft microfiber cloths
- Drop cloth or tarp
How to clean unprotected leather?
Most furniture manufacturers recommend you to only dust the unprotected leather furniture with a dry and clean cloth. You can vacuum it regularly with a brush attachment. Other people advise you to gently wipe the surface with cloth or have it slightly moistened with water. An accepted leather cleaner can also be an alternative to this. The original look of the product is sensitive so make sure it doesn’t stain.
How to clean protected leather?
The semi-aniline and pigmented leather might stand up to stronger cleaning, unlike aniline leather. However, you must avoid products that have ammonia and alkalies, as they damage the leather and are often irreversible. You should also don’t use saddle soap, oils, detergents, abrasive materials, furniture polishes, and other cleaners that have caustic ingredients. There are some commercial cleaning brands that can work out well for your product if recommended.
Steps to clean
Following steps will help you clean protected leathers. Note that you need to use a drop cloth for catching water drops.
- You need to remove dirt with the vacuum cleaner and use a brush attachment for that.
- Add drops of non-detergent soap to the distilled water for making your cleaning solution. Dampen the microfiber cloth with it for use.
- Test the unnoticeable spot with your cloth for making sure that there’s no discoloration from cleaning mix.
- Start working from the top of the furniture and then slowly go down as you wipe it all through.
- Moisten another cloth by using distilled water only and then wipe the piece again.
- Dry it by using a clean towel.
How to clean spills or stains?
Leather products are sensitive to liquid spills and you need to remove it as soon as it gets on. The stains can soak quickly and are usually tough to remove. For spills and stains on your pure aniline leather, you need to blot the substances as soon as you can. Use a clean white cloth to make sure that it has been absorbed. You need to ask a furniture maker or a cleaning expert before you do anything more.
The water-based spills like juice and soda can be wiped off with a clean and white cloth from protected leather. You can dampen it with distilled water and leave it for air-dry. For stubborn stains, you can use a non-detergent soap mixed with lukewarm water. Take a sponge to clean it off or blot it till it dries up. Use another cloth to see how well it has come out. Never use air driers on original leather. If the stains are oil-based, you can blot it with a white cloth.