Leather is a natural product. For your furniture to last longer and keep its beautiful feel and appearance, it requires good care and maintenance.
1. Position your leather furniture away from direct sunlight, high-wattage lights and heating or air conditioning units. These remove natural moisture from leather and may cause cracking or splitting.
2. Peroxide and chemicals found in hair colourants can cause colour loss in leather furniture.
3. Some medication will cause colour loss in leather furniture. Areas where skin is in direct contact with the leather, such as the headrests and arms, are particularly at risk.
4. Gently wiping your leather furniture once a week with a clean, dry or slightly damp soft cloth will reduce the build-up of dirt and dust. Avoid using chemical cleaners as these have abrasive properties.
5. Clean up spills immediately. Dab gently with a slightly damp cloth then dry the area immediately with a clean white, soft towel.
6. Remove greasy spills by gently blotting using a clean, damp white cloth and a neutral, colourless soap.
Wipe the stain gently, moving from the outside towards the centre. Remove any residual soap with a damp, white cloth and dry the area with a clean white towel. Avoid using harsh detergents and oil soaps as they cause discoloration and can stain the leather. Never use heat to hasten drying.
7. 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 the pillow cushions are sewn to the frame.
8. Allowing pets on your leather furniture is not recommended as claws and saliva can harm the leather finish.
Sofa Handling Precautions
To avoid damage to your sofa and to prevent undue stress and stretch to the seams, you are advised to take the following precautions.
1. Remove all packaging carefully using a safety cutter. DO NOT use knives as this could inadvertently cut or damage the leather.
2. Do not place the sofa on a rough or uneven surface as this may damage the mechanism. Lift the sofa slowly and carefully and place on a smooth and even surface.
3. Never move the sofa by dragging, pushing or pulling. Avoid lifting from the armrest and arm pillows. Move the sofa by lifting safely from the base or underside of the arms.
4. It is normal for one particular seat or back to become ‘worn in’ or the seat firmness to change. Cushions can be returned to their original shape and intended look by modelling or smoothing by hand.
5. Do not jump on the sofa or sit on the arms or back.