About Leather Furniture
Leather is one of the oldest, most durable materials known to man. Leather consists of animal hide that has been by cleaned of all dirt and bacteria and then dried. This process is called tanning. Without tanning to preserve the skin, the leather would simply decompose and have no value.
After the leather is tanned, it goes through a finishing process that may include dyeing, rolling, pressing, spraying, lacquering, antiquing, waxing, buffing, embossing, glazing, waterproofing, or flameproofing. Finishing enhances the natural beauty of the leather, gives it protection, adds color, and provides surface appeal. Many looks are available to the skilled tanner, but the finishing technique employed is dictated by the nature and quality of the hide itself.
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You’ve decorated your home with the furniture of your dreams, but how do you keep your living room, dining room, and bedroom furniture looking beautiful for years to come? While it’s easy to find opinions on the best methods for cleaning and maintaining your mattresses and wood, upholstery, and leather furniture, it’s difficult to know whom you can trust with the care of these valuable items.
Home Furniture Care was developed by the Rhodes family of stores to provide the information you need to safely care for, clean, and protect the living room, dining room, and bedroom furniture in your family’s home. Combining more than 125 years of Rhodes’ furniture experience with the knowledge of some of the country’s finest manufacturers, this site is dedicated to helping you maintain the beauty and value of your home furniture investments.
Here you’ll find safe cleaning and dusting methods that will restore, enhance, and preserve the beauty of your fine wood furniture. Discover leather furniture care and fabric stain removal tips that can save and protect your precious upholstered furniture. You’ll also learn about the simple monthly maintenance that can greatly extend the life of your mattresses. Home Furniture Care has the information you need to keep your living room, dining room, and bedroom furniture looking great for years to come.
Leather Furniture Care
Although leather home furniture is relatively low-maintenance, it is not totally maintenance-free. Proper care is vital to the preservation of leather furniture. Use these leather furniture care tips to help maintain the value of the leather furniture in your living room, bedroom, or any room of your home.
- Position all leather furniture at least two feet from a heating source. Prolonged exposure to heat dries out leather.
- Leather upholstery fades when exposed to direct sunlight. Keeping leather furniture away from direct-light sources such as windows, skylights, and glass doors can prevent discoloration.
- Be sure to practice regular preventive maintenance on the leather furniture in your living room, dining room, and bedroom. Improve the leather’s resistance to soil by treating its surface with a leather cleaning or polishing product. Give special attention to high-use areas—seats, arms, and backs. Fully clean and re-protect your leather upholstery every six months. Be sure to use a product that’s recommended by the manufacturer, and always test the product in a hidden area first.
- Never use a hair dryer to speed drying unless recommended. When possible, let the leather air-dry after cleaning.
- Vacuum weekly to remove dust from your leather home furniture.
- While leather initially repels most spills, liquids will be absorbed if not treated properly. Blot any liquid spills immediately with a clean, absorbent cloth or sponge, and then allow the leather to air-dry. If the spill is absorbed, it will dissipate over time as the leather naturally diffuses the stain.
Stain Removal Tips
If you do encounter a stain on the leather furniture in your living room, dining room, or bedroom, gently rub the stained area with a mixture of water and baking soda, starting from the edge and working inward to the center. As always, try the solution first in an inconspicuous location to test the mixture’s effects on the leather. Rinse the area thoroughly, removing the excess by blotting with a dry cloth or sponge, and then allow the leather to air-dry completely.
If the stain persists, seek professional cleaning advice.