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Proper Care For Your Leather Furniture

Jun 17, 2008
Leather furniture has become more accepted in recent years; there are more styles now, and prices have become more realistic. Although leather furniture is stylish and fills your home with an air of affluence and comfort, it has become much more available and even reasonably priced for families of various income levels. Now practically anyone can enjoy the comfort, fashion, and class of leather furniture.

Just like all other leather goods, leather furniture must be cared for correctly to maintain its exquisiteness and durability. Many wrongly believe that leather furniture is high maintenance and costly to care for. Read for some tips on some of the simple things you can do to take good care of your leather pieces.

Most leather furniture is coated to resist staining. One must act fast to clean spills. The great thing about leather is that it is stain resistant and very easy to clean. However certain substances can cause discoloration of the leather if left in contact for long periods of time. As soon as a spill happens, grab a damp cloth and wipe your furniture clean. It is okay to use some and soap or liquid detergent if needed.

Dust your leather furniture regularly. You can help keep your leather in great shape by dusting it at least once a week .Thoroughly clean your leather furniture about every 90 days, or 4 times a year. Use a high quality respected brand of leather cleaner and follow that by applying leather conditioner. Pay special attention to the areas of your furniture that get the most wear like arm rests and the seats. This will extend the life of your furniture by keeping the leather supple and protecting it from breakdown.

Leather breathes like natural fibers, absorbs dampness, like sweat, and then releases it. Keep your leather furniture in climate controlled rooms and avoid direct sunlight. Sunlight, intense heat, and high humidity will shorten the life span of your leather furniture. In fact, being exposed to the elements such as rain, could actually damage the leather.

Upholstery is a major financial investment that should be protected and cleaned on regular basis. The care you give your leather furniture is much the same as you would give to your other fine leather goods. The goal is to protect the leather from damage and keep it supple and beautiful so you can enjoy it for years to come. All things considered, leather furniture may even be easier to maintain than upholstered furniture that stains easily and shows wear much sooner. Leather furniture has a beautiful appearance and is extremely comfortable since well maintained leather is silky and soft to the touch.

If you have been contemplating buying leather furniture pieces for your home but were afraid it would be time consuming and expensive to maintain, consider the return you will get for your efforts: beautiful, classy, and comfortable furniture that will last for years.
About the Author
Leather expert and knowledgable Ethan O. Tanner shares his expertice for cleaning Leather and maintaining yourleatherfurniture.
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