If there is any material for furniture which is durable, long lasting and yet beautiful to look at, it is leather. Taking care of leather sofa is very simple by using the best leather conditioner for furniture and following the care instructions provided by the manufacturer and also following maintenance methods as mentioned in www.homeanddecor.com.sg/blogs/how-maintain-leather-furniture. Also, note that different furniture has different cleaning techniques and knowing how to care and keep it clean is essential for it to look as good as new.
Find out your upholstery type
To care for your product, you should know the upholstery you possess. You can check the label present in the product and also check the manufacturer’s website to find the care methods. Listed below are a few types of upholstery that will give you an idea of what type you have.
Protected leather: Most common material used in leather furniture. It is durable, stain free and looks good. They are mentioned as aniline plus pigment, pigmented leather, semi-aniline.
Care: Depending on the type of protected leather your furniture has, you can use cleaning agents. Semi-aniline types can sustain most cleaners than aniline, but ensure you use anti-ammonia products as they can burn the leather and cannot be repaired but only replaced. Avoid products like soap, oils, polishes, etc. which contain corrosive elements.
Steps for cleaning:
Clean any dirt or dust accumulated on the upholstery using a vacuum cleaner or a piece of cloth.
Combine water and drops of furniture cleaner to form a cleaning solution.
Dip the cloth into the solution and squeeze out excess moisture and test it on a spot which is not visible.
Once you find that there is no damage done, you can continue to clean the entire area.
End it with drying the furniture with a dry and clean cloth.
Unprotected leather: This is labeled as pure aniline, unfinished leather or pure aniline. It is soft and looks rich. These types are more prone to stains and are costlier than the protected leather pieces.
Care: The care and maintenance needed for this upholstery are only to dust it with a dry cloth or to use a vacuum cleaner with a soft bristle brush to clean it. Some manufacturers also suggested wiping it with a damp cloth either with distilled water or with a leather cleaner. Ensure you check and follow the instructions given by the product manufacturer before using any cleaners and also to do a patch test in a hidden place before using it entirely on the surface.
Steps for cleaning: Similar care instructions has to be followed for cleaning unprotected leather. But in case of any liquid spills, it has to be cleaned as soon as possible by using a dry and clean cloth which can absorb the spill. Check the instructions to ensure you use recommended cleaning agents for cleaning. For stains that are stubborn, you should use a soft cloth and a non-detergent cleaning product with warm water. Wipe with a damp cloth after blotting it. Do not use water on oil-based stains, instead use a degreaser.