Leather Furniture Maintenance

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Although furniture is not nearly the investment as investing in San Diego homes or condos; I know you would still like to keep it as long as possible. This week I thought I would share some info on leather furniture maintenance. In the past leather furniture was found only in the homes of the wealthy. But now people of all walks of life own various pieces. Leather is an all-natural material which can be derived from either cow hide or lambskin. The most durable type of upholstery fabric, pieces of leather furniture, when properly maintained, can last over 20 years. Aesthetically speaking, leather is produced in a wide variety of color choices making leather furniture very versatile for home d├ęcor. Leather is porous like cloth which allows it to breath. Therefore, it stays cool in the summer and warm during the winter.

Proper maintenance will, of course, prolong the life of your leather furniture and keep it looking its best. Vital to the life of leather is proper weekly cleaning. For rarely-used pieces a quick wipe-off with a soft clean cloth should suffice. But, if you have a heavily used leather sofa, you should vacuum the fabric with a brush attachment to remove dirt, dust and skin flakes that accumulate. When something is spilled on leather, it should be cleaned immediately. Stains should be blotted rather than wiped as wiping can cause the stain to spread and the wine, sauce or whatever to absorb into the fabric. Generally speaking, stain removal can be accomplished with a damp cloth and warm, soapy water. However, some manufacturers recommend their own care so be sure to check the tag.

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