What leather care involves in a sofa

Leather care is the focus of attention on a real leather sofa. The natural product can not deny its origin as a skin. All types of leather needed a certain amount of moisture and did not like very dry air. When choosing the method and means also the leather type and processing plays a role.

Maintenance care

The general care tips for a leather sofa are similar in the basic tasks for all leather types and types of processing. The care of every leather sofa includes:

  • Weekly dedusting of the couch with cloth, rag or soft brush
  • Semi-annual impregnation
  • When stiffening by the action of moisture hand-kneading kneading / walking
  • Do not use any cleaning and care products containing grease and oil as rancidity may occur
  • Monthly moistening with distilled water

A common feature of leather on a couch is its partially intense odor. The natural product does not have its own specific odor, but it can be lessened by a few remedies:

  • Wipe with a vinegar-water solution in the ratio of the same parts damp
  • Sprinkle with sodium carbonate (baking soda, soda), cover with airtight coating and brush off after 24 hours or carefully vacuum
  • Apply special grease according to manufacturer's instructions

Depending on the design and surface structure, leather has the habit of also binding odors from the environment. Food odors, stale air, mold, and smoker's smoke can lead to musty smell.

  • Apply the same remedies as against the leather's own odor
  • Ventilate the sofa, whereby air draft can be supported by ventilators
  • Never use odor neutralizing finished products and sprays
  • Professional ozone odor removal from the car treatment
  • Spread freshly ground coffee on the leather and remove after 24 hours

Every occasion-related care measure also has visual effects on the leather surfaces. Basically, as a side effect often a refreshing of the color is observed. The following methods are used for color refreshment:

  • Special leather dye sets with preparer, leather color and seal
  • Leather spray paints especially for open and rough suede types
  • Leather and saddle grease with color pigments

Nourishing and gentle additional factors

  • Location not next to or in front of a heater
  • Avoid high humidity from seventy percent
  • Avoid high air dryness from twenty percent
  • Use only alkali-free cleaning soaps
  • Saddle grease for working up smooth leather

Properties of different types of leather

For the care measures, the type of leather and the work-up method must be observed. There are four main varieties that can be distinguished:

  • Smooth leather with or without coating, usually with closed pores
  • Soft and skin-warm aniline or suede with open pores, mostly colored
  • Rough leather with open pores like buffalo, nubuck and velor
  • Leather with wax patina coating

Leathers coated with plastic should not be counted among the genuine leather types. Most of polyurethane (PU) existing top layers correspond to artificial leather. They take the decisive advantage of the natural leather.

When applying care products, the treatment and mode of action must first be set to the open and closed-cell variants. While smooth leathers and patina-coated varieties allow moisture to bead off, they infiltrate open pores and cause stains.

When choosing home remedies for leather-based cleaning, the rule of thumb is to use only dry-working fabrics such as powders and dry foams if the leather has open pores. This also applies if the sofa is cleaned by professional providers.

Elasticity of the couch received

Impregnating agents must be adjusted to the type of leather so as not to cause any traces or to limit the elasticity of the leather. Even if natural leather appreciates a basic moisture content, the liquid feed must be dosed very carefully. Apart from the possible staining wet leather changed its elastic properties.

If leather has been accidentally soaked, an immediate "counter-care" is advisable. For this, a nourishing special agent should be used, which is incorporated in the affected areas together with a kind of material massage.

Excavations, holes and cracks

Every mechanical damage must be decided on a case-by-case basis. Abanding lint on the surface will, if the substance has remained stable, be cut off to prevent an increase in "run-off". Holes and cracks should be immediately closed with special agents such as liquid leather. In the course of every repair a nurturing "massage" is recommended.

Get open-pored

The crucial and most appreciated haptic properties of leather surfaces are often affected or impaired by care treatments. If care products are to be used to repel pollution, the functionality is important. An occlusive sealing effect does not affect sensitivity, but also changes, for example, sweating in contact with human skin.

In case of doubt, inquiries should be obtained from professional leather connoisseurs who are not usually found in furniture stores. Chambers of crafts, saddlers, upholsterers, tanners are keywords in the search independent independent opinion and advice.

Tips & Tricks

With a leather sofa you acquire a natural product that according to its origin does not provide complete "clinical" cleanliness and appearance. Very sensitive and bright sofa covers should be temporarily covered in risky activities such as eating, drinking or playing children and pets.

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