How to Maintain Your Brand New Leather Sofa


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Leather sofas can be a bit pricey, but are well worth it and last much longer (up to 15 years) than their fabric sofa counterparts. After you finally take the plunge, you don’t want your hard earned cash to go to waste by letting your sofa prematurely deteriorate and lose that shiny leather glow that made you fall in love with it in the first place. See our list of tips on how to maintain your brand new leather sofa so it can last you for years to come.

 1. Let it Be

When you initially receive your sofa, you do not need to do any cleaning – yet. A brand new leather sofa already has a shiny protective coating that has been maintaining the surface while it has been boxed up or wrapped in plastic. For the first few weeks, worry not and enjoy your sofa in its brand new out-of-the-box glory.

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2. Control the Dust

When it comes to maintaining your leather sofa, dust will prove itself to be your worst enemy. Thin layers of dust can make your shiny leather sofa appear more dull, and if not addressed they can take a permanent toll on the appearance of your couch. Having a dust-less base to work off of will also help later on when you decide it’s time to give your leather sofa a more intense cleaning to  keep it looking new. A plain microfiber cloth works great to keep the dust at bay while also protecting the leather surface because of its thin soft fibers that are designed to pick up stray dust. A faster way of going about it is to use the brush head attachment to your vacuum and go to town.

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3. Wash and Condition

Before you move onto this step, refer to step two and make sure that your leather sofa is dust and dirt free. If not, this step will be counter productive and further rub in dirt and dust into the surface harming the overall quality. Typically, you will not need to resort to doing this unless your sofa undergoes heavy usage and or has stains from food and beverages. Purchase a quality leather cleaner in order to preserve the integrity of your sofa’s surface. If you do not have one readily available, a temporary solution can be to use a mixture of white vinegar and water. Although white vinegar might not have been your first guess as far as being gentle enough to clean leather, mixed with water it is an effective cleanser that can sufficiently clean in between the crevices leather tends to nearly always have. Douse a microfiber cloth in the water-vinegar solution and proceed to gently wipe the surface. Water also  helps in re-hydrating the leather to make it appear just as soft as it was when you first brought it home.

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Take care to completely squeeze out the cloth so that there is no water dripping from it, or risk leaving water stains on the surface. Start wiping from the top and move your way downwards, making sure you leave no area untouched. Before you move on to condition, completely dry off your sofa with a clean, soft towel. Although it may be tempting because it’s a faster alternative, avoid blow drying at all costs because it can dry out the leather easily.

To condition, you utilize the same method, but with different products. Mix one part of white vinegar (you may need a big bottle) and 2 parts of flax seed or linseed oil. Both of these oils are gentle and effective enough to  not harm the leather while penetrating the material to give it a light moisturizing treatment without getting too, well, oily. Use a light amount and gently rub it into your leather sofa in circular motions to ensure the concoction really penetrates where it needs to. Let it sit overnight and in the morning buff it in to achieve perfection.