It is important to remember that genuine leather by nature has natural wrinkles as well as color and texture variations. No two pieces of leather are the same; they all have slight variances of color and grain. There are four main characteristics or “blemishes” of natural leather: scratches, wrinkles, insect bites and natural healed scars. These “kisses of nature” enhance the overall appeal of truly premium leather.
Leather furniture can last longer and perform better, when preventative maintenance is practiced. When properly cared for, all leathers keep their special look and feel.
1) Position your leather furniture away from direct sunlight, high-wattage lights, heating and air conditioning registers. These remove necessary moisture from leather that may cause additional cracks or splits.
2) Gently wiping your leather once a week with a clean dry or slightly damp soft cloth to avoid build-up of dirt and dust. Avoid using chemical cleaners which are harmful due to chemical ingredients.
3) Clean up spills immediately using a soft cloth. Dab it out with a slightly damp cloth. Dry the area immediately with a clean white towel only.
4) Remove greasy spills, by gently blotting up the spill with a clean white cloth. Moisten a white cloth with water and a neutral, colorless soap and wipe the stain from the outside towards the center. Remove any residual soap with a damp white cloth, and dry the area with a clean white towel. Never use heat to hasten drying.
5) Leather has limited elasticity. To keep your leather and cushions new and fluffy, avoid sitting in one area constantly and use the seating areas evenly. It is also important not to lean, sit or reach over the back of the sofa. Any pulling or tugging might result in a tear if pillow cushions are sewn to the frame.
6) Allowing pets on your leather furniture is not recommended. Their claws and saliva can harm the leather finish.
Sofa Handling Precautions
Do not drag the sofa on rough surface, such as carpets, floors covered with blankets, etc. Slowly lift up the sofa and move it even on smooth surface. Do not jump on the sofa, or sit on the arm or back.
If the sofa needs to be moved, avoid lifting from the armrest and arm pillows, the correct way to move the sofa is by lifting from the base or underside of the arms. Never move the sofa by pushing or pulling it.
The seams will not come apart easily if the above precautions are followed precisely.