How to properly and safely clean leather furniture: top mistakes to avoid

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Cleaning a leather sofa will not be difficult if you follow a few rules

Leather is considered the most durable of all furniture upholstery materials. Natural leather can remain in good shape for decades. However, to maintain its beautiful appearance, leather furniture needs proper care, which begins with proper cleaning.

That is why experts strongly advise avoiding some common mistakes. OBOZ.UA tells you about these mistakes.

Ignoring the manufacturer's instructions

Despite its endurance, leather still needs proper care, and all the main tips are contained on the label of the furniture. It can also be a booklet or brochure with all the tips. Keep them in case you need to remove a stain or dry-clean an item. If you have lost this manual, search for it on the Internet - it will most likely be there. But only rely on trusted sources.

Using the wrong cleaning products

Natural leather upholstery is just as sensitive to aggressive chemicals as the skin of our hands, body, or face. Therefore, alcohol or bleach can harm it. They dry out the moisture necessary for the material and wash away the protective coating. To clean leather furniture, it is better to use a mild soap solution or special care products. Do not forget to read the instructions before using them, and then apply a protective composition.

Lack of testing of products

The need to test any product on an inconspicuous area seems burdensome, but it is a necessary step. The type of skin, its age, and even the temperature in the room affect the reaction of the material. Therefore, before using the product, apply it in an inconspicuous area and see how it reacts. Be sure to.

Delay in cleaning up liquids

Compared to fabrics, leather retains moisture on its surface rather than absorbing it. This makes the material less prone to stains. However, this ability is temporary. Leather is actually porous, and any liquid will be absorbed into the leather if it is not removed immediately. This will cause stains and damage. So, wipe up anything you spill right away. You'll spend a minute now, but you won't have to spend a long time and effort cleaning the sofa later.

Cleaning too thoroughly

Although leather is strong and hardy, you shouldn't rub it too hard. Aggressive scrubbing or brushing can lead to color fading and damage to the outer layer. Start by simply blotting the stain with a paper towel or microfiber, and use only soft-bristled brushes or soft-fiber cloths. And don't forget to vacuum.

Clean with water only

Water is only effective for cleaning leather in small amounts. If you overuse it, it will leave stains. A damp cloth will do a good job of removing dust and external dirt; for deeper stains, it's better to use special liquid products.

Neglecting dust

It may seem that dust that is just lying on top of the surface cannot harm the skin. However, it can scratch it, turn into plaque, and ruin the upholstery. It is recommended to wipe your leather furniture at least once a week. A damp microfiber cloth will do the trick. If not, any other soft, damp cloth will do the trick. Wipe all surfaces to reveal the natural shine of the material. Be sure to clean corners, creases, crevices, and other hard-to-reach areas. You can also use a vacuum cleaner with a soft nozzle.

Neglecting the effects of sebum

Healthy human skin is covered with a thin layer of sebum, a natural defense that keeps it from drying out and protects it from the environment. But this sebum is transferred to different surfaces upon contact. It can leave stains on leather upholstery and turn into plaque when it comes into contact with household dust. If you want to sleep on a leather sofa or spend the whole evening on it, cover the seat with a blanket. And don't forget to wipe the sofa or chair with a damp cloth at least once a week.

Careless handling of pets

Leather upholstery is one of the few that can truly withstand the teeth and claws of pets. But it won't last forever. Leather also suffers from saliva and hair, sebum and dirt from our pets' paws. So, if you can, teach your dog or cat to avoid leather furniture by sleeping on the floor or in their bed. If this is not possible, wipe down the sofa where the animal spends time as often as possible with special protective products.

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