When entering the world of high-end furniture, it is possible to dive far down the rabbit hole. The sheer number of categories, designs, colors, sizes and styles creates a huge plethora of options and with the importance that furniture plays in our everyday lives, it is no surprise such a variety exists to satisfy the breadth of our tastes. But regardless of this variety, one thing holds true, leather is the ultimate luxury product.
If you’ve always owned leather, then it’s time to freshen up your knowledge! We’ll show you the benefits of leather and what you need to know about cleaning this material.
Leather furniture is something you can enjoy for years to come; this is a purchase that makes a sound investment. You’ll find that leather lasts much longer than fabric and can be a better value.
Leather is easy to care for. To clean leather, just use a conditioner every 6-12 months and wipe up spills as they occur with a clean cloth. Avoid using normal cleaning supplies like soaps, detergents, solvents, etc.
For more peace of mind, select protected leather for your furniture, which has an extra finish applied to it. This helps protect the leather so pets and kids can sit on the couch with none of the usual worries.
Leather seats in a car get hot in summer and cold in winter. But for leather furniture indoors, you’ll find that it warms to your body heat in the winter. In the summer, since it’s natural and can breathe, leather stays pleasantly cool.
The price of your furniture piece will depend on what grade the leather is. Lower grade leathers are generally less expensive, with more correction, and higher grade leathers are more expensive with less correction.
Leather does have an environmental impact. Chemicals are used in the tanning process, and air pollution is a result of dehairing and the liming process.
CLEANING SPOTS AND SPILLS
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.
FOR A SLIGHT SCRATCHES
For minor or slight scratches on the surface, use a chamois or clean fingers to gently buff the scratch. If needed, moisten lightly with distilled water to work scratches out.
To keep up the look of your leather, protect your furniture from sun and direct light. Like any upholstery material, leather can fade to some degree if exposed to the sun.
COLOR OF THE LEATHER
Basically, darker colors are easier to care for than lighter colors. On bright surfaces changes are more visible and therefore require more maintenance. Also textile discoloration on leather and imitation leather occur more frequently.
Have you ever sunk into the deep comfort of a well-worn leather chair and wondered what tales it could tell? A good piece of leather furniture becomes a part of the family, a keeper of history and a place of comfort after a busy day. Leather is known for its durability, flexibility, and long lasting nature.