How to pro­tect leather so­fas

Lesotho Times - - Property -

SO you’ve de­cided to bite the bul­let and buy your dream leather sofa, only to find that your messy kids, part­ner or pets are aid­ing its quick demise. Never fear, with the right care you can eas­ily pro­long your sofa’s life and keep it look­ing good for years to come.

This is ac­cord­ing to Ryan Beat­tie from Alpine Lounge, who says if you con­sider the cost in­volved in buy­ing a new leather lounge suite, it will make you think twice about how you treat your fur­ni­ture.

Beat­tie shares the fol­low­ing guide­lines on how to prop­erly care for your leather fur­ni­ture:

Don’ts “Keep­ing leather in tip-top shape is not a com­pli­cated af­fair, but there are a few things that one should stay away from,” says Beat­tie. These are:• Heat and sun­light: heat causes leather to dry out and crack, so avoid plac­ing it close to fire­places or di­rect sun. “A quick test is to sim­ply place your hand on your sofa – if it’s hot to touch, then it’s get­ting dam­aged and you should im­me­di­ately put a throw over it and re­con­sider its place­ment.

If it’s warm to the touch, then you need to main­tain mois­ture lev­els by fre­quently ap­ply­ing a well-renowned leather pro­tec­tor.” l Clean­ing de­ter­gents: stay away from clean­ing de­ter­gents that con­tain harsh chem­i­cals, as well as sil­i­cones, oils, waxes and sad­dle soaps, as they can all cause more dam­age than good to your leather sofa. l Wip­ing: never wipe a stain, as this can cause it to spread fur­ther, rather blot it im­me­di­ately with a clean dry por­ous cloth, so that the mois­ture gets ab­sorbed into the cloth and does not spread all over the rest of the up­hol­stery. ldyes and prints: the colour from heav­ily dyed or printed items is eas­ily ab­sorbed by leather, leav­ing un­sightly stains. l Sharp ob­jects: watch out for sharp ob­jects that could pierce or scratch your sofa - they’re more likely to cause dam­age than add to its char­ac­ter.

If your leather is scratched or lightly marked, how­ever, a light buff with a chamois should lessen its ap­pear­ance. l Ex­po­sure to wa­ter: con­trary to com­mon logic, a stain should never be soaked with wa­ter as this in it­self can cause a wa­ter stain and spread it.

Dos l Dust: get­ting rid of an ac­cu­mu­la­tion of dust is as sim­ple as vac­u­um­ing your leather fur­ni­ture ev­ery cou­ple of weeks and giv­ing it an all-over wipe with a soft white cloth, sug­gests Beat­tie. l Wipe it down: if your teenage son has a ten­dency to jump on the leather sofa af­ter his sports prac­tice, or your dogs lie on it of­ten, then it’s prob­a­bly a good idea to wipe your sofa down more reg­u­larly so as to avoid chem­i­cal build up from body oils. l Test be­fore clean­ing: if you would like to at­tempt us­ing a slightly damp cloth to clean, then be sure to test a dis­creet spot be­fore­hand, mak­ing sure that the leather doesn’t ab­sorb the wa­ter. “The same goes for leather clean­ing prod­ucts — al­ways test a small in­con­spic­u­ous area be­fore try­ing to clean your whole sofa with it,” says Beat­tie. l Use a leather pro­tec­tor: pro­long the life of your leather fur­ni­ture by buy­ing a leather pro­tec­tor prod­uct.

“Not only will it re­duce the amount of in­tense clean­ing needed, but it also min­imises the amount of dirt that sinks into the up­hol­stery.” lspe­cially made for leather: avoid any po­ten­tial dam­age to your leather up­hol­stery by buy­ing leather clean­ers, pro­tec­tors, and con­di­tion­ers that are rec­om­mended by the sup­plier you bought your fur­ni­ture piece from or from a tan­nery. l Con­di­tion your leather: ap­prox­i­mately ev­ery 9 to 12 months, us­ing a good qual­ity hide food that con­tains soft­en­ing and nour­ish­ing agents. “This once-a-year treat­ment will pre­vent leather from dry­ing out and crack­ing over time,” says Beat­tie. lstretch out creases: “I al­ways get some­one to give me an ex­tra hand to help me stretch out any creases when I ap­ply a prod­uct to my leather fur­ni­ture,” says Ryan, who be­lieves this al­lows one to get into all the hard to reach creases where crack­ing of­ten oc­curs. l Seek pro­fes­sional ad­vice: if you’re not sure what you’re do­ing or should the prob­lem con­tinue then it’s best to seek out a leather­clean­ing spe­cial­ist for pro­fes­sional ad­vice.

“Us­ing spe­cial­ist ser­vices may cost a bit more but they will achieve good re­sults that will keep your sofa look­ing bet­ter for longer.”

Leather fur­ni­ture is an in­vest­ment that should be cared for ap­pro­pri­ately and reg­u­larly to avoid de­te­ri­o­ra­tion, it’s worth all the ef­fort in the long run,” says Beat­tie.

— Prop­erty24

Never wipe a stain, as this can cause it to spread fur­ther, rather blot it im­me­di­ately with a clean dry por­ous cloth.

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