Cleaning & protecting your leather - an overview
General Overview - How to care for leather
A regular routine of protection and cleaning will help protected your furniture from stains and damage, and add years to its life. Some types of soiling only affect the way your furniture looks. Others can actually damage the leather. Dust and sweat are both particularly damaging. Dust is abrasive: it acts like sandpaper. Over time dust can cause serious damage to the furniture’s topcoat. Perspiration and body oils contain salts, enzymes and fatty acids, all of which can stain and damage leather and its topcoat. It is important to prevent perspiration and body oils from building up.
To ensure your leather furniture has the longest life possible, we recommend that you
- When the leather is new Leather Master Protection cream or leather master starter protection cream should be applied, this will help prevent staining and make the leather easier to maintain and keep clean.
- Once a week the leather should be dusted with a dry duster, if the dust is left to build up when the leather is used the dust can act as abrasive that will deteriorate the surface of the leather.
- Once a month the leather should be wiped over with a damp cloth, this will remove more stubborn soiling that the weekly dust does not remove.
- Once every 3 months or more frequently if the leather has become soiled a thorough maintenance clean should be undertaken. We recommend cleaning with Leather Master Soft Cleaner, and then when the leather is clean the leather should be retreated with Leather Master Protection Cream.
More about Cleaning & Protecting Your Leather
Cleaning is an essential part of caring for your leather whether in your car or your home. It not only removes dirt and oils (which can, over time, break down the leathers protective coating) but will also help to maintain the condition and moisture balance in the leather. This is important for keeping the leather supple and makes it less likely to absorb spillages.
Dirt and body oils that are allowed to remain on the leather surface for prolonged periods are the main cause of damage to leather. Dye transfer is of particular concern to owners of pale and cream interiors.
The best way to ensure your leather remains in the best condition is to ensure that it remains clean.
Using a good leather protection product such as Leather master Leather Protection Cream or leather Protection Cream Wipes will help to inhibit the absorption of dirt and oils and make your leather easier to clean. Leather is one of the strongest upholstery materials there is and if looked after correctly will last a long time.
Always test your cleaning product prior to use to check for colourfastness of the leather but remember that high use areas on older suites will react differently to low use areas. During the cleaning process keep a careful eye on what is coming off on your sponge and what is happening to the surface being cleaned.
It is best to avoid 'spot' or localised cleaning and aggressive scrubbing. Two or three gentle cleans will give the same result with much less danger of damage. To clean a small area, on a leather cushion say, apply a product such as Leather Master Leather Soft Cleaner liquid or Leather Master Soft Cleaning wipes to the whole cushion panel and carry out the cleaning process over the whole area with more attention paid to the soiled section. This way if there is any colour change it will be much less obvious as a whole panel rather than a patch in the middle of the cushion.
In most cases you are only able to clean dirt off the surface of leather, not out of it. So, if after several gentle cleans you still have stains or marks in your leather it may be best to seek professional advice before resorting to 'kitchen' or 'workshop' products, as these can cause severe damage that may be costly to repair or totally un-repairable.
We sell a range of Leather Master Care Kits suitable for all types of Pigmented/Aniline leathers.
Different types of leather clean in different ways and need a slightly different process, so we also have special Leather Master cleaning kits for Oleasa, Nubuck and Wax Pull-Up leathers.