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How to Clean & Maintain Leather Furniture

3 Oct, 2013 | Tips & Advice

A regular routine of protection and cleaning will help protected your furniture from stains and damage, and add years to its life. Some types of soiling only affect the way your furniture looks. Others can actually damage the leather. Dust and perspiration are both particularly damaging. Dust is abrasive: it acts like sandpaper. Over time dust can cause serious damage to the furniture’s topcoat. Perspiration and body oils contain salts, enzymes and fatty acids, all of which can stain and damage leather and its topcoat. It is important to prevent perspiration and body oils from building up.

To ensure your leather furniture has the longest life possible, we recommend that you:

PROTECT your new leather furniture with leather protection cream before use.


Every Week: you should dust your furniture. The best way to dust your furniture is using a vacuum cleaner. Use a soft brush head or upholstery attachment and set the vacuum cleaner to low suction. After vacuuming use a cloth dampened with a little water to wipe over the areas that come in contact with the body (headrests, armrests and seats). If your furniture is protected with leather protection cream, you don’t need to use leather cleaner every time you clean your furniture, a soft cloth and a little water will do the trick.

Every 3-6 months: you should thoroughly clean your furniture with leather cleaner to remove built up dirt and grime. How often you need to clean your furniture will depend on its colour and how quickly it becomes soiled. If you have light coloured furniture, aniline leather, or if your furniture is heavily used (particularly by pets and small children) you will need to clean your furniture more often. But, do not clean your lounge more than necessary, excess cleaning causes unnecessary wear on the topcoat and even the gentlest cleaning products can cause leather to dry out if they are over used.

RE-PROTECT your furniture with leather protection cream after thorough cleaning (every time you use a leather cleaning product). When you clean your leather with a cleaning product, such as leather cleaner, the leather protection cream is removed.

AND attend to spills and stains immediately. The fresher a stain is, the easier it is to remove.

For more tips on cleaning furniture, get in touch with Lounge Repair Guys today on 1300 10 15 10.

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