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How to care for your leather sofa

You may have you been wondering how you can maintain your leather sofas and chairs.

 After all, it is a big investment, and you will want it to last a long time. Below are some tips to help you maintain your leather sofa.


Maintenance that you should be doing

  • You need to keep your leather sofa away from sunlight, if not, it will lose its color. It will also get dry and start cracking.
  • It is not only sunlight that makes your leather sofa lose its moisture. Other sources of heat such as your fire place and radiators will dry your leather sofa. You will want to keep your leather at least 10 inches away from any of these sources of heat. This will help you preserve the moisture content of your couch and its surface properties.
  • Some cosmetics and hair chemicals affect the top layer of your sofa. The same goes for the oil secreted by the neck and the arms. That is why you see the arms of leather sofas look lighter than other parts.
  • Remember your leather sofa is not resistant to a pet’s claw and will scratch. Your pets’ saliva is acidic and can also get your sofa damaged. While you may not stop your pet from sitting on the sofa, you might want to get a protective covering for them to sit on.
  • Do not let stains set. The best practice is to remove stains as soon as they are made. Letting them set poses more difficulties in their removal. So when you have any spill whatsoever, what you should do is dab it off immediately. Do not wipe for any reason; wiping spreads the spill and if it is a penetrating spill, the area affected just gets larger.
  • Whatever you do, take conscious effort to protect the top layer, also referred to as top color, of your couch. This top color is particularly vulnerable to soil and wear, and when destroyed, your couch deteriorates very fast and you will begin to notice cracks.
  • Clean and condition regularly.



When cleaning your leather sofa, the rule is little-is-much. You need to be extremely gentle with it; no wet clothes, no harsh cleaning solutions, no ammonia based solutions and definitely no harsh chemicals such as bleach. While you don’t want to spoil your sofa with excessive cleaning, it will benefit from a quarterly cleaning. That means you get to clean it every 3 months or at least twice in a year. However, a weekly dusting with a soft cloth or feather duster is appropriate. You need to regularly turn and fluff the cushion too and condition after cleaning.



Conditioning leather makes it shine at its best. Your leather sofa will benefit so much from conditioning. Of course you don’t want it looking dry and rough; you want it conditioned. So, to condition you sofa you can do the following:

  • Use a conditioner recommend by your leather restoration technician.
  • Apply the conditioning solution to your sofa with a soft cloth in broad and circular motions.
  • Leave for a short time and buff with a clean cloth to restore the shine of your couch.
  • Aniline type leathers will need a different approach (contact your leather restoration technician)


Removing Stains

The methods to remove stains depend on the type of stain. You will benefit from advice from your leather restoration technician and you may need the service of a professional to remove some very stubborn stains, in order not to get your sofa damaged.

If you need leather sofa cleaning in Market Harborough then call us today.

Keep it clean and you will love it for a very long time.

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