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When you purchase a leather sofa you are buying an heirloom that will last for generations and with a little effort the sofa will not only last for many, many years but it will look better as it ages and gains the warm patina that fine leather is known for. It will take a few minutes a week but what a small price to pay for your long term investment. With a little effort and a few simple tips your leather sofa will last for generations.
Leather begins as an animal skin so if you clean and condition it as delicately as you would your own skin, your sofa will maintain its luster and suppleness. First thing to remember is that Leather does not like dust so you want to keep it dust free. Depending on your environment, you should wipe the dust off every day or every few days. Using a white cotton cloth will make sure no dyes from a colored cloth would be left behind and stain your fine piece of furniture. This cloth can be damp but never dripping wet as you don’t want water to soak into the finish.
Leather has pores that can collect dirt so just like your skin, you want to cleanse on a regular basis. Depending on usage this could be weekly, monthly or quarterly. Using your white soft lint free cotton cloth (some people use an old cloth diaper) you want to clean with a gentle cleanser. You want it unscented and free of harsh chemicals. Ivory soap or Ivory flakes work well. Never use any strong detergents or abrasive cleansers so you don’t harm the leather. Don’t use oils that might stain the leather. Make sure you test a small hidden spot first to make sure that your leather sofa takes well to the cleaning agent as every piece of leather is unique and can have different results with different finishes. Use a gentle circular motion and don’t scrub hard to prevent any damage to the surface of the leather sofa. You can use a soft brush that will gently cleanse the dirt and oils out of the pores but will not cause harm to the leather fibers themselves.
If dust and dirt are accumulating in the cracks and the welting a gentle vacuuming may be helpful in their removal.
After you cleanse your leather sofa you will want to condition it with a conditioner that is recommended for your type of aniline leather as there are some conditioners that are appropriate for other types of leathers but not for fine aniline or semi-aniline leather. The proper conditioner will moisturize as well as nourish the leather skin and penetrate deep into the many layers of the leather. This will prevent early cracking and aging and help the leather maintain its suppleness and luster. Warmer climates can cause premature aging as well and may need more frequent conditioning. For the best conditioner, choose one that is water based and not one that contains petroleum or silicone which will leave an oily finish.
Other than the wrong cleanser or conditioner there are other measures you can take to prevent problems with your beautiful leather sofa.
With even the best intentions and care of your leather sofa, accidents can happen. Then what do you do? Luckily there is a remedy for almost every problem.
With just a little bit of effort and care and attention to your fine leather sofa, your leather sofa will always maintain its luster, suppleness and gracefully age for you and your heirs to enjoy for decades, perhaps centuries.
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