Firstly, many people are a little unsure on how to care for their leather furniture. After all, it is a costly investment. An investment that should last decades or even a lifetime if maintained for properly. Here are a few of the basics on keeping your leather in tiptop shape:
- For minor spots and spills, wipe up any excess liquid immediately with a clean absorbent cloth or sponge. If necessary, use a lightly moistened soft cloth with clean lukewarm water, and let it air dry naturally. If water is used, clean the entire area where the spot occurred.
- Do not use soap or soak the stain heavily with water. This may cause more damage than the stain itself.
- Do not use cleaning solvents, furniture polish, oils, varnish, abrasive cleaners, detergent soaps, or ammonia water.
- For butter, oil, or grease stains, wipe off excess with a clean dry cloth. Then leave alone as the spot should dissipate into the leather after a short period of time.
- If the stain persists, it is recommended to have a professional leather specialist clean the leather. This will help to avoid any potential damage to the leather itself.
- Remember that leather is a natural product and requires some care to maintain the natural beauty of the hide. This includes regular annual professional restorative cleanings will help prevent and forestall the damage that can arise from even benign neglect.