Leather covered furniture makes some of the most beautiful home furnishings there are. Besides its aesthetic appeal, fine leather furniture is made to last for years in any home. Regularly cleaning and conditioning leather through the years will help these majestic pieces retain their original beauty, no matter how much use they are given. Below are some tips for conditioning leather to help keep your furniture looking just like the day you brought it home.
It is important to make sure that your fine leather furniture is clean before conditioning. Cleaning your furniture regularly is a great way to ensure that it’s ready when it’s time to condition the leather. Gently vacuum any debris from the furniture every few days, including from under cushions and along seams. Wipe down leather furniture about once a week after removing any dust or debris.
A soft cloth dampened with warm water can be used to gently wipe down furniture. Homeowners with municipal water or hard well water are advised to use a distilled water if using a damp cloth on leather furniture. You can also use a product specially designed for use on leather, such as Guardsman® Clean & Renew Wipes for Leather. If using such a product, remember to carefully read the instructions before use. Whatever you choose to use to clean your furniture, instead of saturating the material with it, use just enough to be effective. Dry your furniture thoroughly after cleaning with a soft, dry cloth.
Using a Conditioner
Conditioning leather furniture is an important step in helping it stay beautiful to the eyes and soft to the touch through the years. Leather furniture usually does not need to be conditioned often; about twice a year is normal. For fine leather furniture that sees a lot of sunlight a little more often may be advised by your furniture professional.
As mentioned earlier, leather should only be conditioned when it’s clean. It’s also a good idea to use a conditioner made specially for your fine leather furniture. Products such as Guardsman® Protect & Preserve for Leather that are made for use on leather have easy to follow instructions listed to help ensure your leather furniture is cleaned appropriately. Many products like this help protect the leather’s original feel, and even improve soil resistance.
Tips for Additional Care
In addition to conditioning your leather furniture a few times a year as directed, there are other steps you can take in between conditioning to help keep your leather furniture in the best possible form. Here are a few everyday care tips:
- For small accidental spills, spot clean your leather furniture with a soft cloth dipped in distilled water as soon as possible.
- Avoid exposing your leather to too much heat too often. For example, keep an eye on how long your furniture is in the sun during the day.
- If you aren’t sure how to clean an area of your furniture or have a specific cleaning question, feel free to contact a furniture professional for advice!
Fine leather furniture makes a comfortable, elegant addition to any home, and will provide beauty to your furnishings for generations. For more information about cleaning leather, or to view a selection of our fine leather furniture pieces, visit Amish Oak in Texas at one of our furniture showrooms in San Antonio and New Braunfels, TX.