How To Care For Your Leather Furniture

leather sectional sofa

Leather furniture is a beautiful addition to any home. Whether you have a comfy, go-to leather office chair or an L-shaped leather couch parked in front of the flat screen TV, they are a wonderful addition to any home. However, many homeowners have been shying away from leather furniture in part due to not knowing how to care for it. At Metropolitan Furniture, we want to make it known that leather furniture is actually much easier to care for and much more durable than one might think! Check out our care and cleaning recommendations.

Proper Care And Maintenance Of Leather Furniture

  • Before you go to town and start cleaning every square inch of your leather ottoman, chair, or sofa, it’s important to first test your cleaning solution (which should almost always just be water) on an unseen area. This is to determine whether or not your leather is protected leather or unprotected leather. If you aren’t sure, you can always contact Metropolitan Furniture and we can help you determine which it is.
  • For minor spills, always wipe up excess fluids with a paper towel, rag, or sponge (whichever you use, make sure it’s clean) and do so immediately. Not cleaning up liquid spills may result in staining. If the liquid is sticky, then dip your rag in lukewarm water in order to loosen it and prevent the surface of your leather furniture from becoming sticky.
  • Never use soap! Soap on both treated or untreated leather, no matter what type of soap it is, can ruin the surface of the furniture. Make sure to also wring out excess water from your rag or cloth before wiping up messes.
  • Don’t use any type of cleaning solvents such as Windex, furniture polish, oils, varnish, detergents, bleach, or ammonia water as this can end up breaking down the leather or causing the leather to fade from it’s original beautiful color. Instead, if you must condition your leather furniture, then we highly recommend purchasing a commercial leather conditioner from Metropolitan Furniture. We can also recommend a reliable leather conditioner brand that you can purchase online.
  • If any type of oil stain occurs, wipe off the stain with a clean and dry towel. Lucky for you, the remainder of the oils will end up being absorbed into the leather furniture. Think of this as a natural leather conditioner! Butter, oil, or other grease stains will not be visible after wiping off the excess and leaving it to dissipate.
  • Oftentimes minor or slight scratches will appear on your leather furniture from regular use. If you don’t like the appearance of these (often untreated leather will look like this), then you can use a chamois to buff out the scratch. No matter what, do not use an abrasive material to buff out these minor scratches as these can cause more harm.
  • For deeper scratches, tears, or stains in your leather furniture, we highly recommend contacting a professional leather cleaning company that can restore your piece to it’s original condition.

Final Thoughts On Leather Furniture

It’s important to know what type of leather your furniture is, whether or not it is treated or untreated, and if it has different cleaning requirements. Purchasing leather furniture from a knowledgeable leather furniture store such as Metropolitan Furniture will guarantee that you will be armed with the proper knowledge on how to care for your pieces. Shop our selection of leather furniture online or visit our showroom in Burlington MA!