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How To Maintain A Leather Sofa

In the past few years or so the leather sofa has become the must have owner for any young and trendy home owner and is often one of the biggest investments people will make in home furniture. The market is currently a wash with leather sofas and people can chose from a range of different sizes, leather types and style. Once a consumer has made the all important choice they take it home and start making use of it. After a while signs of fatigue start to show and so what can be done to maintain the quality of your leather sofa?

To help maintain the appearance of your sofa it will require regular cleaning. Simply brushing dust and crumbs off won’t help maintain the quality and appearance of the leather. Leather is particularly prone to ageing and if untreated for long periods can discolour. This is why using leather cleaning products is so important.

Before you can clean your sofa you should identify the type of leather your sofa is made from. Typically leather sofas are made using corrected grain, semi-aniline, double thickness, natural waxed hide or full aniline leather. Each different type works in a different way. Once you know what type of leather you have you will be able to apply a leather cleaning product.

When applying leather cleaner to your sofa you should follow the same principals you would use to wax a car. Although leather cleaner will restore the appearance it cannot be used to repair scratches or scuffs.

Leather Repair

Over time leather sofas become vulnerable to scuffs and and scratches and repairs are often required. Repairing the damage is usually a much more economical option than replacing the sofa altogether. The repair process is often complex and requires special machinery. With this in mind it is usually best to let a professional repair your sofa.

As with any item of furniture or even a car the key is to make repairs and carry out cleaning regularly. This will help increase the shelf life of your sofa and keep it looking pristine.

By: Richard James

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Richard James - Worked in the leather repair industry for over 20 years and write for numerous industry publications.