Do You Know The Art of Cleaning Leather?
As local specialists, we have a great deal of experience in the cleaning and maintenance of quality leather upholstery and we are often contacted by local residents who run into difficulties when attempting to tackle the job on their own. It occurred to us that all of our customers (and those who have yet to benefit from our services, which include professional carpet cleaning and the cleaning of all types of leather upholstery), might appreciate it if we wrote a short guide to maintaining leather furniture in tip-top condition, so that's exactly what we did!
For Those Who Love Leather
Leather upholstery can add a touch of class to any living room and is remarkably durable if properly cared for. The problem is, many homeowners are simply not sure how to clean leather sofas and chairs without damaging them, which is why they shy away from purchasing such furniture in the first place. However, with a little research, you can discover how to keep leather upholstery in pristine condition and enjoy everything that it has to offer.
If you already own a leather armchair or sofa, or perhaps a beautiful three-piece suite upholstered in top-quality cowhide, the information in this article will help you to care for your furniture and ensure that it remains in excellent condition for many years to come.
Why Leather Upholstery Should be Cleaned Regularly
Let us begin by considering why leather upholstery needs to be cleaned in the first place. General hygiene and a pride in the appearance of one's home dictate that visible stains should be dealt with as soon as they come to our attention but what about the unseen dirt and grime that accumulates over time?
- Airborne Pollutants – All of the microscopic particles in the air that circulates around your home will find their way onto your leather upholstery sooner or later. To make sure that your leather furniture does not become a health hazard, you should wipe it over with a damp cloth every couple of weeks. If it ever starts to feel sticky, use a mild soap or weak vinegar solution before wiping with a damp cloth. Or seek out professional upholstery cleaning services in Perth
- Sand and Soil – No matter how careful we are, small grains of sand and soil inevitably make their way into our homes, carried on our shoes, clothing and hair. Some of these may end up on your leather upholstery and if they are not removed promptly, they could scratch or even rip the surface. For this reason, it is imperative to ensure that you keep your furniture free of such particles at all times. Vacuum the upholstery thoroughly and often.
- Oil – While you are unlikely to spill motor oil on your leather sofa and would probably have to take it to the tip if you did, there are other types of oils that, whilst invisible to the naked eye, could damage your upholstery over time. We are talking about the oils that both humans and animals secrete every day and that accumulate on every surface that we touch. The easiest way for you to prevent these oils from damaging your beautiful leather upholstery is to arrange for an experienced sofa cleaning Perth specialist to come to your home and work their magic on your furniture every now and then.
- Ink from Newspapers and Magazines – If you are one of those people who has resisted the urge to go completely digital and still enjoys curling up on the sofa with a magazine or newspaper at the weekends, you should be aware that the ink from the publications you read may eventually make its way onto your upholstery. Again, a professional cleaning service is your best bet if you want to clean printing ink from your sofa without causing any damage to the leather surface.
Signs That Your Leather Upholstery Needs Cleaning
If you spill food or drink on your upholstery, you will not need an expert to tell you that it needs cleaning, and as quickly as possible! On the other hand, even if there are no highly visible stains on your furniture, it may be in need of professional attention so it is a good idea to inspect it closely every now and again. If it starts to look dull or loses its sheen altogether, call your sofa cleaning Perth expert and request a home visit to remedy the situation. This advice applies to normal leather upholstery that has had a protective coating applied at the factory and not aniline (unprotected and unfinished) leather, which is not normally shiny even when spotless. An unpleasant odour emanating from your sofa is another clear sign that it is time to call the professionals.
How Often Should You Clean Your Leather Furniture?
Whilst there are no hard and fast rules concerning the frequency of cleaning leather sofas and chairs, a thorough clean once or twice a year would be appropriate in the majority of cases. For a more exact answer, call our experts: if you let them know how often you use your leather furniture and what type of leather it is, they will be able to advise accordingly.
Why Use a Professional?
We may be more well known for our professional carpet dry cleaning in Perth but we have actually been in the leather sofa cleaning business for just as long and have helped numerous local residents to keep their furniture looking good for years. The reason that we recommend having your leather furniture cleaned by a professional every so often is because it is hard to do the job properly unless you have been trained and have years of experience. Most people would agree that it is impractical to go through an industry training programme just to clean their own furniture a couple of times a year and the majority are certainly not prepared to put their own lives on hold while they work as a leather upholstery cleaner for several years to gain the necessary experience! If you want your sofa cleaned by skilled professionals, do the sensible thing and call us today.