Guide on How to Care for Your Leather Sofa

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A leather sofa from G Plan is a piece of furniture which can last for years before it needs replacing. Like with most things, leather can still fade, crack, or stiffen if it isn’t maintained correctly. To keep the sofa looking fantastic, here are a few useful tips for caring for a leather sofa.

Placement

Never place the sofa in direct sunlight or near a place where it can get really hot, such as in front of a fireplace. The heat forces the leather furniture to stiffen, which will eventually lead to cracking. Keep leather sofas in the shade. If they must go within direct sunlight, make sure there’s some sort of covering which can shield them, such as a pair of curtains or some blinds.

Getting Rid of Dirt

Never use any harsh soap or detergent to clean the sofa. It will only cause the leather to absorb it. When cleaning stains, using anything with ammonia in it can actually cause more damage than a red wine stain. Use a dry cloth and dust it clean every few weeks for general cleaning.

To get rid of any dirt which has accumulated over time, use a slightly damp cloth. Pick a place on the sofa and see if the leather absorbs it. Some sofas absorb the water and others don’t. Damage happens when it starts to take on water. This can happen with even the slightest drop of liquid. If in any doubt, stick with the dry cloth.

In the event of a spill, blot the spill with a dry cloth immediately. The best way to dry leather is to simply leave it alone. Blotting is far more effective than wiping. Wiping just spreads the moisture around and increases the potential damage.

Scratches

Leather scratches very easily. Keep any sharp objects away from it. People with dogs or cats shouldn’t have leather sofas without coverings because their claws can easily damage the material. When cleaning, use a soft cloth. Rough cloths create too much friction and make it more likely a scratch will become visible.

Leather Conditioner

To keep leather in good health, get some specialised leather conditioner and use it every six to twelve months, depending on how much use it gets. Most sofas automatically come with some conditioner and a complete set of instructions for how to apply it.

Insurance

Leather is a very expensive material. It’s a sign of class in the home. Despite its tough reputation, leather is very susceptible to damage. Pay the extra money to get a leather protection plan. If something goes wrong, the retailer will automatically step in and do something about it.

These plans last for at least twelve months, but for an added fee they can be made to last for a few years. Householders with kids or pets should always have some sort of protection plan in place.

Taking proper care of a leather sofa doesn’t take much time or effort. The main reason why so many sofas fade over time is a lack of knowledge about proper cleaning methods. These methods give sofa owners all they need to know about correct maintenance.

 

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