The Do's and Don'ts of Leather Care
There is a lot of information available about how to take care of your leather. We want to bring insights into this topic and dismiss some popular myths wandering around the internet, such as cleaning with hairspray, baking soda or simply moisturizing with vaseline. If you want to extend the lifespan of your leather furniture and automotive leather, then keep on reading.
3 Simple Do’s of Good Care
1. Dust your leather with the same regularity as you dust other items in your home. Make it a habit when dusting other items in your home like wood furniture, to also dust your leather couch.
2. Clean your leather only if it can be categorized as finished. You can test this by applying a drop of water in an area out of sight. Wait for 1 minute. If the water soaks right through or leaves a dark mark, your leather is unfinished and should only be cleaned by a professional. If the water droplet stays beaded up and does not leave a mark, your leather can be classified as finished and you can use any cleaner labelled suitable for furniture.
3. Moisturize your leather 3 to 4 times per year and it can add years or even a decade to the life of your leather. Use product labelled as suitable for leather upholstery for your couch and avoid products with harsh chemicals or acidic pH.
3 Simple Don’ts of Good Care
1. Never use hand or body moisturizers. It lacks the crucial moisture and locks in dryness. Your leather will remain oily and potentially leave residue on your clothes.
2. Never use window cleaner, hair spray or hand cleaner. They are solvents of your leather color and remove the protective clear top coating. If you use it too often and too aggressively, it may even remove all color from your leather and expose the raw leather underneath.
3. Never use home remedies commonly believed to be helpful, such as vinegar, baking soda or products for imitation leather. Even though these products seem harmless, their harming effects unfold delayed and gradual. They may clean the surface, but will soak into the seams and cracks of your leather, thus accelerating the aging process.
With these simple Do’s and Don’ts, you’ll be able to extend the life of your leather by a long time.