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Guide to Leather Cleaning, Repair and Restoration

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Jan 30, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 11/12/15 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.

Leather furniture looks good no matter the style of your home or business. 

But to keep its visual appeal and to extend its life, leather needs to be maintained. 

Leather cleaning, repair and restoration are all part of taking care of your furniture so that it survives all the use everyday life brings its way.

Let’s take a look at what goes into keeping your leather looking great – or restoring it to its former glory.

Leather Cleaning

Leather cleaning tips

  • Have a professional come in and clean your leather furniture every 6-12 months.
  • This should include conditioning the leather.
  • When doing it yourself in-between professional cleanings, don’t use harsh chemicals.
  • Do use a soft, dry cloth to wipe up spills as they happen.
  • Keep leather furniture out of direct sunlight. 

It can be hard to know how often your leather furniture needs to be cleaned. 

In general, you should have your leather cleaned every 6 to 12 months. 

This should involve a thorough clean and conditioning. Committing to doing this regularly will keep your leather looking good AND protect it from hardening and cracking.

Though leather is a durable material, it’s also porous. 

It’s never a good idea to clean your leather furniture with harsh chemicals. Bleach- and ammonia-based cleaners are a big no-no – they can quickly damage your furniture.

It’s important to clean your leather furniture the right way.

You should always use a specialty leather cleaner

If you have dark spots or stubborn stains, it’s a good idea to have a professional take care of the cleaning for you. 

Think about it: Your leather furniture was a big investment and taking care of it correctly is well worth the money.

Keep your leather furniture in shape between professional cleanings by using a dry cloth, wiping up stains before they set in, and keeping your furniture out of direct sunlight.

Leather furniture repair and restoration

What leather mishaps can be easily repaired?

  • Scuffs.
  • Small nicks or tears.
  • Scratches.
  • Fading.

No matter how carefully you take care of your leather furniture, accidents still happen. 

These mishaps can cause damage that – if not remedied quickly – could result in the furniture being completely ruined.

There are certain types of damage that leather furniture is prone to: 

  • Scuffs from shoes.
  • Small tears or nicks. 
  • Scratches from pets. 

These accidents can happen easily and the good news is they can be repaired.

There’s no need to get rid of a piece of leather furniture because of small imperfections. 

An experienced professional leather repair team can repair these issues, leaving your leather furniture looking like new.

How to Deal With Faded leather

Your leather furniture may still be in good condition, but it has faded over time. 

This happens when direct sunlight hits your furniture on a regular basis. 

The best way to deal with the fading is to have your furnishings re-colored. 

Once they’ve been restored to their original color, you’ll want to keep them out of direct sunlight.

Let the pros handle your leather cleaning, repair and restoration 

It’s clear that caring for leather can be a tricky business.

You may feel like taking care of your leather cleaning, repair, and restoration yourself is a good idea. 

But because using the wrong products on your leather furniture could cause more damage, it’s better to have knowledgeable professionals take care of the task for you.

Here at Hammond Knoll, we offer a full range of leather cleaning, repair, and restoration services for all of your leather furniture pieces. 

Contact us today to find out more about our full range of services.


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