Leather furniture is a luxurious addition to any home or business. Not only does it add style and comfort, but it also increases the value of your property and can endure repeated use, lasting for many years with proper care.
The experts at Creative Colors International are well versed in the on-site repair, restoration and protection of nubuck, aniline, semi-aniline, full-pigmented and simulated leathers, among others. Consider these eight easy options for preserving your leather furniture.
Furniture should not be placed in direct sunlight or near a heat source, such as a fireplace, radiator, space heater or heating vent. The heat can cause the leather to dry out and crack. Ideal temperatures for leather storage fall between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. A good rule of thumb: an area too cool or hot for a human to be comfortable is likely too hot or cool for leather furniture.
Dusting is an important part of preserving leather furniture. Dust can cause the finish to wear away and it can also attract dirt and other particles that will further damage the furniture over time. Animals can also leave behind hair and oil which can accumulate over time. Wipe your furniture with a soft, dry cloth every week or two to keep it looking its best. CCI's white poly-cotton leather conditioning soft cloths are ideal for cleaning, application of CCI Leather Conditioner and buffing.
BLOT SPILLS QUICKLY
Accidents happen. In the event of a spill on leather furniture, acting fast is crucial for preventing deep-set stains and discoloration. Use a soft cloth or sponge (paper towels also work) to blot the spill before cleaner application. Don’t scrub or use too much pressure, as this can damage the leather.
Oil and grease are especially problematic when in contact with leather as they are quickly absorbed, so take care when eating or drinking near your furniture. If a spill does occur, be sure to have a leather cleaner on hand that can specifically address those types of stains.
AVOID HARSH CHEMICALS
Chemicals such as bleach, ammonia and household cleaning supplies can damage leather furniture. Never use hard water; hard water can leave unsightly spots on leather furniture.
If you need to clean your furniture, avoid soaps, detergents and home remedies and consider CCI products or services. CCI technicians are trained in hand-brushing with gentle-yet-effective proprietary cleaners, restoring life to leather furniture without harming the material.
Leather cleaner is used to clean leather furniture. It removes dirt, dust and other particles that have built up over time. Leather cleaner is the safe, proven choice for removing stains compared to DIY efforts. CCI offers 8-ounce, quart- and gallon-sized leather cleaners to fit a variety of customer needs.
CONDITION THE LEATHER
Leather conditioner is essential for preserving the color and quality of your leather furniture. It helps to keep the leather soft and prevents it from drying out. CCI's water-repellent formula penetrates deep into leather's pores, prolonging the life of furniture.
CCI offers recurring on-site visits, including the quarterly, semi-annual and annual conditioning of commercial products such as fleet interiors and restaurant furniture, which often encounter a variety of users and above-average wear.
USE A PROTECTIVE COVER
Animals and children can be rough on furniture, and leather is no exception. A good way to preserve your leather furniture through everyday wear and tear such as scratches and spills is to cover it with a protective layer, which can be easily removed. There are several options and materials available, depending on the furniture type.
LET A CCI TECHNICIAN HANDLE THE JOB
CCI's leather repair experts are trained to tackle any issue with your leather furniture. If you're having trouble with a specific area, or if the entire piece needs some TLC, we can fix that.