If you just purchased new leather furniture for your living room, you are most likely enjoying its appearance as well as the comfort it provides to those who use the pieces to relax on. Leather living-room furniture needs to be properly maintained so it retains this appearance for years to come. Here are some steps you can use to help you take care of your furniture so it appears like new for a long time.
Remove Surface Dirt Frequently
To help keep your furniture from getting a dull appearance, surface dirt should be removed often so it does not have a chance to accumulate or become embedded along stitchery or in crevices between arms and the seating area. Use a vacuum cleaner with a soft-bristle brush attachment to remove loose particles of dust with ease. The end of the attachment should be held slightly away from the leather so it does not scratch the surface while removing dirt.
Eliminate Caked-On Grime
If you forget to remove debris from your furniture, or if something happens to spill on a piece, a deeper cleaning session will become necessary. Use a mild detergent mixed with water to wipe down areas where caked-on material is present. This can be done with a piece of microfiber cloth so the leather is not scratched during the process. Dip the cloth into the solution and wring it out before wiping the leather. Use a piece of dry microfiber cloth to entirely remove any moisture from the furniture.
Condition Your Furniture So It Shines
A mixture of linseed oil and white vinegar can be used to condition your furniture so it does not become too dry, as this can cause cracks to appear in the leather. Place this mixture in a spray bottle to apply. After spraying a portion of a piece of furniture, rub it with a piece of microfiber cloth in a circular motion to distribute the solution throughout the material. Afterward, use another clean, dry piece of microfiber cloth to remove any excessive conditioner from the furniture.
Work in sections, applying and drying before moving onto another section of the furniture. The conditioning removal procedure may need to be done a few times to remove the linseed oil and vinegar solution in its entirety. If you would rather, you can perform the same conditioning procedure with an appropriate conditioning solution purchased from a furniture or home goods store.
Talk to a professional such as G & L Draperies for more information.