In spite of the durability of certain types of leather, it is NOT invincible. It is a natural product, and it can stretch, scar, wrinkle, stain, and show scratches. The tanning process can only protect hides to a certain extent.
It takes preventative measures to ensure that your furniture will last a lifetime. Use the following cleaning methods to keep your leather furniture looking its best for many years to come.
- Placement of leather furniture is key. Keep leather out of direct sunlight. The UV rays will cause fading eventually, no matter how well the leather is protected. Make sure the piece is not too close to a heating vent or fireplace. Changes in temperature and humidity may cause leather to dry out and crack.
- Regularly dust and/or vacuum the furniture to keep it free of dust and grime that can build up over time.
- If a spill occurs, immediately soak up any liquids with an absorbent cloth. Do not dry it with a hair dryer! If necessary, gently dab with a damp cloth. Use distilled water on the cloth instead of tap water.
- Do not use wax, polish, saddle soaps, or oil leather cleaners as these may remove the finish and/or color on the leather or discolor it. Be careful when cleaning other furnishings next to the leather. For example, make sure that wood polish does not overspray onto the leather. It may weaken the finish.
- In the event that the leather becomes damaged, contact a local leather professional to clean or repair it.