Whether you just purchased your brand-new, handcrafted Creative Leather sofa, bed frame, or recliner, or you’ve owned your custom piece for several years now, it’s important to follow proper cleaning and maintenance instructions to prolong the life of your leather furniture.
Our custom furniture is an investment you can enjoy for years to come, which should be incentive enough to protect it from the elements, right? Fortunately, we’ve got all the information you could ever need on leather furniture care and maintenance, in one place: this blog!
At Creative Leather, we take pride in every stitch that goes into the furniture we make, and we use only the highest quality furniture-making techniques to create your custom piece. As a result, all our fine leather pieces are designed and built to withstand some of the natural wear and tear that occurs throughout a lifetime.
In the end, we hope to be your go-to custom leather furniture retailer and a place you can visit for the best leather treatment tips and suggestions! Having been in this line of work for more than 20 years, we have compiled our top five tips for cleaning and maintaining leather furniture. Without further ado, here are our top five tips:
Rotate Your Cushions
To ensure your custom leather furniture lasts a lifetime, doing something as simple as rotating your cushions every 30-60 days can make all the difference! This process helps sections of your furniture wear evenly, which is imperative if you have a couch, sectional, or chair made of leather derived from premium quality, full top-grain hides, like full aniline and semi-aniline leather.
These soft, luxurious leathers are increasingly susceptible to noticeable markings, fading, and staining, which is why rotating your cushions at this frequency is absolutely essential. Consider creating an alert in your phone each month as a reminder to complete this task – after a year or two, rotating your cushions will become a natural part of your daily routine!
Plump Up With Poly-Fil
While it won’t happen right away, eventually your cushions will begin to sag or flatten. This is normal regardless of the type of furniture you have in your home because natural wear and tear cause the filling in your cushions to droop and sag. Give your leather couch cushions new life by adding Poly-Fil to all your pillow tops at least once per year, depending on your preference.
If you like your cushions to be extra plush, you can add Poly-Fil to them 3-4 times a year, especially if you use your Creative Leather furniture daily. Filling your pillow tops with Poly-Fil is a quick and easy way to revitalize your saggy couch cushions while saving hundreds of dollars on upholstery or buying a new sofa. Win-win!
Avoid Direct/Indirect Light
To protect your leather, it’s crucial you do not place it in any form of sunlight or bright, indirect light. Moreover, do not place your leather in front of large windows, under skylights, or beneath similar forms of light. Why? Because sunlight and heat can cause your furniture to fade and crack, which can result in expensive upholstery jobs down the line.
Avoid this fate by placing your furniture away from direct and indirect light or by investing in blinds to shade your furniture during the hottest, sunniest parts of the day. Living in Arizona, it’s imperative you follow this leather furniture maintenance tip to prolong the life of your Creative Leather investment! Trust us, you’ll be happy you did!
Leather Conditioner Is Key
If you haven’t learned this by now, leather can withstand the test of time better when preventative maintenance is practiced. If you accidentally spill on your Creative Leather furniture, blot it immediately with a dry cloth and let it air dry. To maintain the appearance of your custom leather piece, use a white, luke-warm damp rag to dust off arms, seats, and back pillows once a week. Finally, it’s imperative you use a soft cleaner and leather protective cream on your furniture every 3-6 months. The team at Creative Leather can suggest some of the best leather conditioners for your unique leather chair, couch, or recliner, so don’t hesitate to call one of our locations for assistance!
Join Our “Keep it Beautiful” Program
You may or may not have known this, but body oils and salt from your skin can be harmful when absorbed into your leather furniture, negatively affecting the look, feel, and longevity of your custom piece. Of course, we’re only human, so some things are easier to avoid than others – and it’s practically impossible to prevent your body oils from transferring onto your Creative Leather furniture.
Fortunately, you can rest easy knowing long-term damage is preventable if you follow our product care tips! With proper care, you can experience maximum enjoyment of our fine furniture. Additionally, we offer a “Keep it Beautiful” cleaning program to help maintain the look and feel of your Creative Leather furniture! Our experts preserve your leather by completing one or more of the following:
- Leather Cleaning
- Complete Re-Dye
- Odor & Stain Removal
- Nubuck Protection
- Sewing Repairs
Creative Leather also offers a five-year warranty. For more information, call our customer service department today at 877-337-3307 or visit one of our five locations in Chandler, AZ, Scottsdale, AZ, Gilbert, AZ, Glendale, AZ, and Centennial, CO!