Leather furniture is an investment and adds a touch of sophistication to your home, or workspace. Though leather can be extremely durable, its potential to be damaged from a build-up of body oils and sweat or lack of leather cleaning shouldn’t be dismissed. This is why regular, professional leather cleaning is so important. Unfortunately, most ‘leather cleaning’ products on the market are not appropriate for leather and actually break down leather finishes or strip the colour out of leather, leading to dryness and cracking and inevitably, the demise of your leather furnishings (often resulting in leather repair or leather restoration services being needed).
The Leather Doctor are experts in leather cleaning processes and are able to undertake safe, effective and leather cleaning for leather furniture. Professional leather cleaning with high quality, fit for purpose products removes the build ups of dirt, body oils and sweat, followed by conditioning the leather to restore moisture and suppleness. Undertaking professional leather cleaning every 6 to 12 months will go a long way to preventing undue wear and will keep leather furniture looking great, for longer.
Undertaking Leather Cleaning to Prevent Leather Restoration or Leather Repair
Over time, body oils, perspiration, dirt and regular wear and tear can diminish the appearance of leather furniture. If regular leather cleaning and conditioning isn’t undertaken to remove this build up, the damage that can be caused can require leather repair or leather restoration services. Here’s a few ways that build-up can occur on leather furniture and finishes –
- Oils and Grease – Body oils and sweat from people and animals is easily transferred onto leather furniture – particularly in contact areas from behind knees, arms or the back of neck/head. This body oil and sweat seeps into the leather, and if regularly leather cleaning and conditioning isn’t undertaken, can cause serious damage to the furniture’s protective finish, and eventually see the leather crack, split or deteriorate beyond repair.
- Atmospheric Soils – Dust particles as well as invisible air pollutants produced by common home or workplace activities eventually find their way onto leather furniture and can build-up.
- Common Soils – Soils including common dirt, sand and fibres from plants are tracked into homes and workplaces by adults, kids and pets, coating the leather every time the furniture is used.
- Dyes and Inks – A leaky pen, the ink from a newspaper and the dyes from fabrics such as denim are can be transferred to leather furniture. This type of incident can leave permanent damage on leather and requires professional leather repair and leather restoration skills and techniques to rectify the damage.
Our highly trained Leather Doctor specialists are expertly trained to undertake leather cleaning and conditioning services to remove build ups such as those described above. We’re able to identify the type of leather furniture you have and use high quality, fit for purpose leather cleaning products specifically designed to clean and remove soil build-ups and other stain-causing elements. We’ll then condition and protect your leather to revitalise and replenish its natural beauty and feel.
Your leather furniture it is bound to get a couple of scratches, nicks, cuts, stains and scrapes throughout its lifetime. Our Leather Doctor technicians specialise in undertaking leather repair and leather restoration services. Our significant experience and expertise enable us to inspect a problem or damage and then determine the best possible leather repair or restoration technique to bring your leather back to life. Leather restoration techniques such as recolouring and tinting are also popular services that help transform the way leather furnishing look and feel.
Leather Cleaning Schedule
It is recommended that you establish a regular leather cleaning schedule to ensure that your leather looks great for many years. This schedule should include a professional leather clean and condition every 6 to 12 months, depending on the age of the furniture and amount of wear it gets.
In between professional leather cleaning, you can maintain your leather furniture by applying Leather Doctor Leather Cleaner and moisturise and protect it with Leather Doctor Protection Cream. These products can be purchased from your local Leather Doctor.
For a free quote, to book in a leather clean or to find out more about leather repairs and leather restoration, contact your local Leather Doctor or fill out our Free Quote form and we will be in touch to assist.