Leather Furniture Care

Genuine leather is a soft, luxurious, resistant material, making it an ideal choice for furniture.  Leather stretches under the influence of body temperature.  If you ever question the quality of your leather sofa because it has small lines or blemishes on the surface, you should know the following:

Markings such as scars, insect bites, wrinkles, veining, and variations in grain and color are characteristics of genuine leather and are considered beauty marks.  This is an indication of the authenticity of the leather and generally should not be considered a defect. 

Leather Furniture Care Tips: 

  • To keep the leather supple and prevent fading, protect it from exposure to direct sunlight and heating vents.
  • Dust with a clean, soft cloth.
  • Vacuum crevices regularly and apply a quality conditioner a few times a year.
  • Do not use the following products:  Saddle soap, cleaning solvents, furniture polish, oils, varnish, abrasive cleaners such as Windex, Formula 409, etc. 
  • For minor spots and spills, immediately wipe with a soft, white cloth dampened with distilled water and let air dry.  Do not dry with hair dryers or heaters. 
  • For spills of butter, oil, or grease, wipe any excess with a clean, dry cloth.  Do not apply water or try to wash the spot.  Leave the spot alone.  The spot should dissipate into the leather after a short period of time.
  • Do not use soap or soak the spot or stain heavily with water.
  • Test any product in an inconspicuous place first to check for color fastness.