8 Tips to care for leather furniture
August 1, 2020/
- Last year, leather accounted for 26 percent of all furniture upholstery in the U.S. But owning leather furniture requires regular care to maintain its beauty. Here’s what to do.
- Don’t place it in direct sunlight or too close to a heat source. Excess heat can dry and discolor it.
- Clean and condition twice yearly using a leather cleaner followed by a leather balm to replenish moisture.
- Dust with a soft, dry cloth and vacuum seams and crevices.
- For minor scratches, use a chamois or clean finger and gently buff. For deeper marks, apply a conditioner. Never use a pen or shoe dye.
- For minor spills, wipe up liquid immediately and use a lightly moistened cloth with lukewarm water. Let it air dry.
- For grease stains, wipe with a dry cloth. Leave them alone and they may blend into the leather.
- Do not use cleaning solvents, furniture polish, oils, varnish, abrasive cleaners, detergents, or ammonia.