The more you maintain your leather furniture, the longer it’s going to last and, perhaps more important, look great throughout its lifetime. Leather is the by-product of an animal; it’s not manufactured, which means it requires proper care to keep it clean, moisturized, and looking its best.
1. Wipe it down with a soft cloth. This should be done on a regular basis. If it’s not done, if the cracks in the seats, armrests, and even stitch points are neglected, it’s going to begin to break down and crack. Those cracks will begin to spread over time.
2. Use a vacuum cleaner. Using the soft attachment, such as for drapery, vacuum the leather furniture to get out as much dust and debris as possible.
3. Pay attention to the problem areas. If there are certain spots on the furniture that get more use than others and tends to be dirtier, then spend more time working on these areas.
4. Use a soft, damp cloth. Whenever you have to wipe down certain areas more than dry dusting, use only a damp cloth; don’t use a wet or dripping cloth. As long as you keep up with the cleaning of your leather furniture, this is all you’ll really need to do.
5. If there are more stubborn stains, use soap lightly. In the event that there are more stained areas, it’s okay to use a mild soap with the damp cloth.
6. For mold or mildew, use vinegar and water. Mix vinegar and water in a spray bottle and apply to the mold or mildew area. Wipe up as quickly as possible.
7. Add leather conditioner. It’s best when the leather is completely dry to add a leather conditioner, or preservative to it.
Following these steps should help you maintain your valuable, comfortable, and high quality leather furniture in the best manner possible.