Frequent light dusting is recommended as dust and soil can be abrasive and potentially damage the finishing of your leather furniture. Occasional wiping with a warm and slightly damp clean cloth will prevent oils and dust from building up. Leather is an organic material, always avoid direct sunlight as this will fade the leather. No two pieces of leather are alike. As such, natural markings and grain variations are not considered defects.
Block excess liquid immediately with a clean, absorbent cloth or sponge. Do not rub. If necessary use clear, lukewarm water and gently wipe the spill. Dry with a clean towel and allow to air dry.
Use a mild solution of non-detergent soap (use a soap you would use on your face) and clear, lukewarm water in a 1:10 solution. Apply with a clean, damp sponge, then rinse the area of the spot or stain well and let it air dry naturally. Always try the cleaning method on a concealed area first to be certain of no colour fadedness.
Gently wipe the spot off the leather with a clean, dry cloth and then leave it alone as the spot should dissipate into the leather in a short period of time. Do not apply water or other liquids.
- Vacuum cleaner with brush attachment
- Distilled water
- Mild, neutral-pH nondetergent liquid soap, such as Neutrogena or Dove, or a leather cleaner designed spefically for furniture upholstery
- Soft white microfiber cloths
- Tarp or drop cloth
- Certified commercial leather conditioner
It’s highly recommended to vacuum your upholstered furniture weekly for general cleaning and to remove surface soil. This also prevents dirt from becoming embedded into the fibers. You can also use a brush to gently whisk the dirt away. Make sure to always use a soft-bristled brush as not to snag the fabric. The best form of fabric protection is prompt attention to spills, this helps with maintenance and care by keeping spills from being absorbed into the upholstery fibers right away.
While regular care does a lot for the maintenance of your upholstered furniture, accidents will happen. Blot any spills immediately with a clean folded towel: never rub, but blot gently. Too much sunlight can damage your upholstery fabric, causing it to fade and even fray. Try to position your furniture piece so it does not sit under direct sunlight for extended periods of time. Airborne pollutants such as fumes from cooking or smoke can also harm your fabric.
- When cleaning your upholstery, use a cleaner that also deodorizes, is safe for your fabric and does not contain any harsh chemicals. Also, be sure to lightly brush or vacuum your furniture prior to cleaning. This will prevent dirt from entering the fabric while you clean.
- Apply cleanser to stains using a strong brush. When cleaning, do not rub or scrub the fabric too harshly.
- Use a damp sponge or cloth to remove the remaining cleanser after a minute or two.
- After cleansing, be sure your fabric dries thoroughly. To dry your furniture more quickly, leave a window open or run a fan nearby.
- Consider using a cover to protect your furniture if you have animals or small children. This will help you avoid stains.
- Once a week, remove dirt from the fabric by lightly brushing or vacuuming your upholstered piece. This will prevent dirt from entering the fabric and assist in preserving its appearance.
- Turn or reverse the cushions on your furniture often so they wear evenly. This will also allow you to notice stains sooner. If you do observe a stain, remember to clean upholstered furniture with the weakest solution possible.
Dusting and cleansing your wood furniture is the first step in furniture care that you shouldn’t skip. Airborne deposits build up in a filmy layer on your wood pieces and can scratch their surface. Frequent dusting will remove these airborne deposits and stop filmy layers of dust to build up. For optimal furniture care, always use a soft cloth for cleaning. If you do not clean your furniture properly, dust can scratch the surface of the wood. It is best to never clean your furniture with a dry cloth, as this can cause dust to make microscopic scratches on the wood.
- Keep your wooden furniture away from the sunlight. The ultraviolet rays of the sunlight damage the finish of the furniture and the wood can get bleached if exposed regularly.
- If the furniture is placed in such a corner that it gets exposed, limit the exposure by curtains, drapes or blinds during the daytime.
- Dust your furniture regularly with a soft clean cotton cloth.
- Do not keep alcohol, other alcoholic solutions, and nail paint remover near your wooden furniture. These can cause harm to your furniture.
- Always use coasters or mats to keep any hot object on the wooden furniture as it may get damaged by causing white rings or spots.
- To avoid any scratches on your furniture, try to keep it away from any sharp or pointed items.
- Never drag your wooden furniture. Always lift the furniture as sliding furniture could hurt the floor with scratches and damage furniture legs by applying too much pressure sideways.
- Do not use excess water to clean your wooden furniture. Water may leave stains and also cause wood to swell or warp.
- It is advisable to maintain consistent humidity levels inside the rooms to minimize seasonal expansion and contraction of wood.
- If using wooden outdoor furniture, make sure you place it under shade when it’s too sunny or rainy. You can add life to your outdoor furniture by caring for it.
- Don’t use harsh chemical solutions on your wooden furniture or floor unless recommended by your furniture dealer. Using chemicals can cause patches and color difference on the wood base.