Helping Leather Furniture Age Well

August 25, 2017

Helping Leather Furniture Age Well

When you make a purchase as costly as new furniture, it is normal to expect that your investment will last a long time. When you buy leather furniture, you can be rest assured that it will -- at least last as long as you take good care of it. Let's take a quick look at a few of the most important ways you can care for your leather furniture. 


Applying leather care products such as specially designed protective solutions and moisturizing creams can help preserve the natural softness of your leather furniture. 


Drastic changes in temperature and/or humidity levels are bad news for leather, as they can cause dryness or even cracking. This is why protecting your furniture from the elements is so important. Another form of exposure that can harm your furniture is smoke and odor. This is especially common in furniture that is in or near a kitchen -- and, though avoiding such exposure is ideal, frequent cleaning is the best way of limiting the damage. Last but not least, direct exposure to sunlight can also cause fading or discoloration, and should be avoided whenever possible. 


Preventing accidents is also important. Moving furniture should be done with great care, for example. Children should understand the importance of being careful with food and drinks, as well. And pets should only be allowed to use the furniture if they are well-trained. 


Last but not least, regular cleaning matters, as damage can also be caused by a gradual buildup of dust, grime, oils, etc. Cleaning can be done with a gentle solution of water and soap, and occasional deep cleaning should be performed using a specially-designed product for leather. Any cleaning solution you use should first be tested in an inconspicuous part of the sofa to ensure that the leather does not react badly. 


For more information on caring for your furniture, visit the RLA buying guide online today!