LEATHER UPHOLSTERY CARE
Grain leathers may be finished or unfinished leathers.
Is my grain leather unfinished?
If you put a drop of water on a hidden area and the water is absorbed rapidly, with a darkening of the leather, then it is unfinished.
Is my grain leather finished?
If you put a drop of water on a hidden area and the water remains on the surface it is a finished leather or water-repellent treated.
How do I care for my finished grain leather?
If you have finished grain leather lightly wipe the surface with a damp cloth and then gently wipe with a dry cloth. If the soiling is stubborn, a dilute solution of alkaline soap (i.e. Lux Flakes or Dove soap) can be used. Simply add about 1% soap solution. After wiping with a damp cloth, polish with a soft dry cloth. This is applicable to all finished leathers where the finish is being cleaned and not the substrate (actual leather surface).
ALWAYS ensure you keep 2 NEW cloths separate in a plastic bag (free from contamination with bleach & other household cleaners).
How do I clean bonded-leather & faux-leather?
Lightly wipe the surface with a damp cloth and then gently wipe with a dry cloth. If the soiling is stubborn, a dilute solution of alkaline soap (i.e. Lux Flakes or Dove soap) can be used. Simply add about 1% soap solution. After wiping with a damp cloth, polish with a soft dry cloth.
ALWAYS ensure you keep 2 NEW clothes separate in a plastic bag (free from contamination with bleach & other household cleaners).
How do I care for my waxed leather?
Don't use anything at all.
Make it last
- Never place furniture in front of direct heat or near air conditioning.
- Light affects the colour of most products, to avoid furniture fading place away from direct sunlight.
- Open and close any recliner mechanisms slowly and with care, never force them as this could damage the mechanism
- Do not leave newspapers lying on the suite as the ink may transfer
- Be careful when wearing dark coloured denim jeans or non-colourfast fabrics as the colour can easily transfer to lighter coloured upholstery
Doing the following will increase the life of your mattress
Turn your mattress four times a year to distribute the wear evenly, more frequently in the first few weeks. A mattress should be turned side to side and also top to toe. The easiest way to do this is working with one person on each long side of the bed, grab onto the handles and turn the mattress perpendicular to the box spring. Then slide the mattress partially off one side, bringing the end that was at the foot of the bed up, and let the other end fall to the floor so the mattress is standing on one end. Then simply let if fall back on to the bed and turn it back into place, with the end that was the foot now at the head.
Vacuuming your mattress and base every three months with the upholstery attachment each time you do the turning helps extend the life of your mattress. As does stripping your bed whenever you go on holiday, in order to air it out.
Following this list of do not's will help protect your mattress:
- Don't sit on the edge of a mattress.
- Don't allow your mattress to get wet.
- Don't use dry-cleaning fluid of any type to clean your mattress.
- Don't place a board between your mattress and your box spring.
- Don't let children jump on the bed, it's not a trampoline.
Another part of keeping your mattress lasting longer is to maintain it's cleanliness. We have a article on the blog explaining our top tips to fight asthma by keeping your bedroom clean and fresh, although of course this is good practice for all households not just those with asthma sufferers. Read our Bedroom Cleaning Tips to Fight Asthma