Just like any substantial investment, leather furniture needs to be properly cared for to help it look its best and last for years—and correct cleaning and conditioning play a huge role in your furniture’s lifespan. If you have recently purchased new leather furniture, you may have questions about its care; fear not, as CCS Cleaning & Restoration has a brief FAQ below.
How Often Should Leather Furniture Be Cleaned?
Leather furniture should be lightly cleaned every six months. This is something you can do at home. Simply use your vacuum to remove crumbs, dirt, dust and debris. If spills occur, use a cloth to dab at the spot until the spot begins to lift. Avoid using leather soaps, conditioners and other cleansers on your couch. They can dry your leather furniture out, damage the leather or make the leather greasy if they are not properly used.
In addition to routine maintenance, your leather furniture will need professional cleaning frequently. Most experts recommend this happen every one to two years, depending on how often the furniture is used.
What Are the Signs Your Leather Furniture Is Overdue for a Cleaning?
If your leather furniture is showing signs of wear, it’s time to get it cleaned. This includes everything from developing creases due to frequent use or greasy marks on the couch that do not wipe away from food or drink spills. If your leather furniture does not look as good as it did the day you brought it home, it’s probably time to have it professionally cleaned.
What Types of Leather Furniture Require Special Care?
Not all leather sofas are shiny and brown! Leather is a versatile material that comes in different forms, each with a different feel and functionality. Suede, for instance, is soft and luxe, though it’s vulnerable to staining and can wear through if not properly cared for. Exotic leather—leathers made from creatures other than cattle—boasts its own unique characteristics depending on its type and can vary in terms of colorfastness, durability, and more.
All types of leather require their own special care regime—all the more reason to contact the pros for professional cleaning and advice (more on that in a minute). One size never fits all; Certain cleaning products are only fit for certain kinds of leather, and it’s not always as easy to tell if you’re in the clear. For instance, according to Best Leather, a leather advice and information site, you shouldn’t even use something as outwardly harmless as water on suede!
Can Stains Come Out of Leather?
As with many things in cleaning: that depends on a lot of factors. For one, the type of leather that you’re dealing with has a huge effect on the outcome, as not all leathers are created equally. Unfinished leathers, like certain exotics, and suede tend to hold onto unfortunate stains more so than full-grain leathers.
How quickly you noticed the stain and called for professional help also plays a part. A cardinal rule of cleaning services: the longer a stain is left unattended, the more difficult it will be to get out. This is true for carpets, upholstery, hardwood—and yes, leather.
Additionally, what you have done to the stain before help arrives also has a huge impact on whether that stain will come out. Certain DIY cleaning methods can actually make a given stain worse and mean that it’ll also be a bit harder for your professional cleaning services to deal with.
Why Should You Leave Leather Furniture Cleaning To The Pros?
Cleaning leather is not something the average person should do themselves. Not every piece of leather furniture is the same. Not every cleaning product is designed to treat the type of leather furniture you have—you may not even know what type of leather furniture you have. If you use the wrong product you can dry the leather out, which can cause it to crack. You can over-moisturize the leather, which can make it greasy. Or you can use a product that permanently stains the leather.
Leaving the cleaning to a professional ensures your leather furniture is properly cared for and maintained, helping it to last.
Plus, there are whole heaps of additional benefits too, as we discuss in our blog on the subject—so what are you waiting for?
Contact CCS Cleaning & Restoration Now for Top-Quality Leather Furniture Cleaning
If you are in the greater Faribault, Lakeville, Burnsville, Apple Valley or Prior Lake, MN area, CCS Cleaning & Restoration can help you with your leather furniture cleaning needs. We also offer carpet cleaning, pet odor removal, upholstery cleaning, fire damage clean up, mold remediation and tile cleaning services.
To get your leather furniture looking like new again, reach our Faribault office today at 507-334-1774. We’d be happy to help!