Leather is a hardy material that, if cared for, will only get better over time. However, without a regular cleaning routine, your sofa can soon begin to look a bit worn out.
You should put some time aside at least once a week to take care of your leather furniture, though you might need to up this to twice a week if your sofa sees a lot of use. Be sure to clean every part of your sofa or chair, as there will most likely be a slight alteration in the colour of your leather when it has been treated. This way you’ll avoid having furniture with mismatched upholstery.
Follow these steps:
1. With a soft cloth, go over your upholstery to brush off any dirt or dust that might have settled on the surface. To get into the nooks and crannies of your sofa, use a vacuum equipped with a soft brush attachment.
2. Next, use a damp cloth to wipe the upholstery of your sofa. It’s best to use distilled water if you can, as the chlorine in tap water can damage the finish on leather over time. Before you do this for the first time, test how your material takes to water on a part of the settee that is hidden from sight. Take great care not to soak your sofa, as leathers do not take kindly to large quantities of liquid.
3. At least once every two to four weeks, you should use a specialised cleaning product to treat and cleanse your sofa’s upholstery. Steer clear of using all-purpose wipes and sprays from the supermarket, as they can contain chemicals that can damage your sofa. Instead, use a soft cleaner that is proven and tested to work on leather — we recommend the Soft Cleaner for Leather included the Furniture by Lauren leather care kits which we provide free of charge to all our customers, which can be safely used on all leathers, including aniline, semi-aniline, and pigmented.
4. Leave your sofa to dry naturally and avoid sitting on it until it is finished. This way, the material will stay shaped around the contours of your sofa with no creases. You can speed up this process by opening a few doors and windows to create a good flow of air through your home.
Please be aware that dye from none colour fast clothing and garments can transfer onto leather/fabric and is usually more noticeable on light leather/fabric colours such as whites, creams and ivory. We also recommend to always check your labels on your clothing and garments for further information.