If properly maintained, leather can last four to five times longer than fabric or man-made fibers. Leather may seem like it’s easier to take care of but over time, perspiration, body oils, skin acids and other soils will work their way into the leather. Scratches, scuffs, cuts and fading can occur. Aniline is known as natural, naked, pure and unprotected leather. Protected leather is known as finished semi-aniline, every day, pigmented and painted leather. Nubuck is also known as chaps, distressed, bomber and suede leather.
Reasons to Clean and Protect Leather
Dye from denim and ink from newspaper can rub off onto leather in a process called dye transfer. Not to mention the risk of ink from a leaky pen a child gets a hold of or a marker or pen! Some areas of our leather that will come into contact with oils and grease more than others will be armrests and headrests. Body oils from humans and pets will get onto leather and hold on, leaving unsightly spots not to mention damage to the leather. Lots of soil gets tracked into the house, including sand and fibers from plants that people and/or pets will bring into the home. When you notice dust collecting on the TV stand or the end table, it’s collecting on your leather sofa too. There are also cooking oils that are airborne as well as atmospheric pollution most likely present in every home. These airborne elements can and will cause wear and tear on leather over time.
How Often Should You Clean & Condition Leather Seats & Couches?
Leather furniture should be wiped down on a regular basis to remove dust and then followed by a vacuum to remove debris from crevices and use of a leather conditioner. Always clean spills right away and do your best not to soak leather with water or soap. Microfiber cloths can do wonders to buff out small scratches. Try to keep leather furniture away from direct sunlight as it will cause the leather to dry out and fade. Some cleaning products will break down leather finishes which will in turn cause dryness and cracking. Different leathers require different care. You should have your leather upholstery cleaned professionally two times a year.
Professional Leather Furniture Cleaning
Leather furniture is a great way to add beauty to your home. While it is durable, evidence of wear can be very noticeable. It is important to regularly maintain and clean it. Direct Carpet Cleaners have many colors similar to those used in the tanning process to repair the inevitable scrapes and scratches that will occur on protected leather. Colors can be spruced up in sensitive aniline leathers too. When you use a Direct Carpet Cleaners professionals to clean your leather you are preventing any excessive wear on it and you will help keep it looking its best.