Genuine leather lasts for many decades. But just like any expensive investment, it needs proper care and maintenance to realize its full potential. You can spend thousands of dollars on vintage leather couches. If you pay the same amount for a car, you will surely maintain it, so it lasts long, right? The same with your vintage couch. You have to put in the effort to maintain it as you would a car. Here are some tips on how you can properly maintain your leather sofa.
Take it to a professional cleaner
At least once a year, hire a professional cleaner to do the job. The cost will depend on how much maintenance the couch needs, and its size. For stains like ink and marker, it is best to call a professional cleaner before attempting anything to fix the issue, as trying to clean it up incorrectly will only make the problem worse.
Do not over-condition
Leather conditioner helps the material last a long time, but if you overdo it and do not clean it properly, oil and dirt will clog the pores of the leather. The conditioner will not seep into the material, rendering it useless.
Wipe with a clean and dry cloth
Use a dry and smooth cloth to wipe down dust and dirt. Do not use any abrasive fabric because it may scratch the leather. Include this task in your regular house cleaning schedule and do some extra wiping on occasions that warrant it. Frequent wiping will prevent the buildup of dust and dirt that can damage the leather.
Vacuum nooks and crannies
Small debris can accumulate in the corners and crevices of the couch. You can use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of them. Use the vacuum’s soft bristle brush attachment, and gently run it over the leather to reach every single piece of debris.
Do not let spills settle
As soon as you spill something, get a dry cloth and blot – not wipe – the spill away. Wiping will only spread the spill further onto the couch. Only use a damp cloth if necessary. For non-liquid spills, use a mild soap to dab them very gently. If they don’t come off, it is time to call a professional for help.
Use only appropriate cleaners
A leather cleaner is your best weapon against stains. Any harsh chemical such as ammonia and bleach will damage leather, so be careful in using any cleaning solution. Buy a bottle of leather cleaner so you can have something to use anytime the need arises.
The expenses related to your vintage leather sofa do not end when you pay for it at the store. Maintaining it can also be a bit costly, but if it lasts for decades, every cent will be worth it. Neglect will cause irreparable damage to your leather, so be sure to give it attention as needed. Poorly maintained leather will lead to fading and cracking. Professionals can still restore it, but it will take time and money.
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