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The Easy Care of Leather

Because leather is a natural product, it needs little or no care during normal usage.

  • Under normal usage conditions, regular dusting and vacuum cleaning in crevices or bottoms is all that is necessary to clean your furniture.
  • The use of a good leather conditioner is recommended every 6 – 12 months.
  • Protect your furniture from the sun and direct light, like any upholstery material. It can fade to some degree if exposed to the sun.
  • For minor or slight scratches on the surface, use a chamois or clean fingers to gently buff the scratch. If needed, moisturize lightly with distilled water to work scratches out.

For Spots and Spills
Blot excess liquid immediately with a clean absorbent cloth or sponge. if necessary, use clear, lukewarm water and gently wipe the spill. Dry with a clean towel and allow to air dry. If water is used, clean the entire area where the spill occurred. For example, the entire seat cushion or entire arm. Do not dry wet areas with hair dryers, etc.

For Stubborn Spots and Stains
Use a mild solution of Ivory soap and clear, lukewarm water. Apply the soap to a clean wet sponge and wash, then rinse well. Let air dry naturally. Always try the cleaning method in a hidden area first to convince yourself of the results. If the stain persists, it is recommended that the leather be cleaned by a professional leather specialist to avoid any potential damage to the leather.

For Butter, Oil or Grease
Wipe excess butter, oil or grease off the leather with a clean, dry cloth, then leave it alone as the spot should dissipate into the leather in a short period of time. Do not apply water to try to wash a butter, oil or grease spot.

Do Not Use
Saddle soaps, oils, abrasive cleaners, soaps, furniture polish, oils, varnish or ammonia water. The leather has already been permanently preserved in the tanning process and needs no maintenance other than the simple cleaning recommended.

Note
Most liquids will be initially repelled by the leather, but, if left to stand over an extended period of time, they will be absorbed. That is why it is a good idea to mop up spills immediately. But even if the spill is absorbed, it will dissipate in time, just as human skin will absorb and eventually diffuse stains.

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