Leather is a timeless material that exudes luxury, class, and style, and has been a staple in homes all over the world for centuries. Today it remains as relevant as ever before, with top-notch brands like Natuzzi creating new twists with an age-old material that when properly maintained, can last for generations. But exactly how do you take care of it? With the tips we’re about to show you, of course!
Avoid Regular Cleaners
Before we start, it’s important to establish that you should not use seemingly harmless cleaners like oil soap, as well as homemade solutions such as vinegar and mayonnaise. These will stain and darken the leather, as it will flood it with excess moisture and oils that will seep into the already porous material. Other kinds of soap, such as dishwashing soap, may be effective on greasy plates but will risk removing the color in addition to the dirt as well. Beyond that, most soaps are designed to break down oils, and will dehydrate the oils that help retain the leather’s strength. With it drained, the leather becomes brittle, dry, and risks cracking.
Avoid Placing Leather Furniture in Direct Sunlight
As stated before, leather relies on its natural oils to retain its integrity and strength. This is why to prevent it from prematurely deteriorating, it is good practice to keep it away from direct sunlight, as the exposure to high heat will cause the oils within the furniture to dry faster. Likewise, avoid setting it close to radiators and other heat sources as well. Extremely cold temperatures can dehydrate the leather as well, making it advisable to distance it from air conditioning as well.
Tend to Spills Immediately
Spills tend to be particularly detrimental to leather furniture, for if not dealt with immediately it will soak into the leather and become difficult to remove. Therefore whenever a spill occurs, quickly wipe it up using terry cloth towels or paper towels. If you spill grease or oil, use talcum powder or baby powder to help absorb it. Then there are actual leather cleaners that are designed to remove stains without damaging the coloring or essential oils. These can be purchased from furniture stores (like yours truly) or from some leather manufacturers as well.
Protect It as Soon as You Get It
If your furniture is brand new, protect it immediately by having a professional apply a protective layer to your leather to ensure it stays in optimal condition. Afterward, there are several products out there that allow you to apply your own protective layer on afterward. To further extend its lifespan, apply leather conditioner every 6-12 months to ensure that its natural oils are maintained, keeping your leather soft and supple. If you are in particularly hot or cold weather, you may want to apply it more frequently.
Good leather furniture is an investment that when treated well, will last you for generations. Because of this, it is important to make sure that you give it the care it deserves and to avoid treatment that will damage it. If you are looking for the highest quality leather furniture from esteemed brands like Natuzzi, Amini and more, feel free to browse our online wares, or better yet come down to our showroom in Burlington MA. We guarantee that we have some enticing pieces that are bound to impress!