In challenging economic times, it makes sense that when people buy furniture, they want it to last throughout their own lifetime, and perhaps even remain in a condition to pass down to younger family members. For this reason, leather furniture is consistently popular.
In fact, like a good wine, it often gets better as it ages. With use, the top layer of leather gets a slight film, also known as patina. This contributes a lovely lived-in look that enhances any room of your home.
As reported earlier this year on the Huffington Post website, some people are even choosing to buy more furniture online, and more than half of all sales on some members-only lifestyle websites are from home decor items.
Regardless of where you buy your furniture, leather deserves the proper care. By getting into a routine as soon as you bring your furniture home, you’ll help it look great for years to come.
Cleaning and Conditioning Measures
As a starting point, make sure to buy cleaning solutions that are specifically intended for leather goods. Usually, you can find them in furniture stores, or even establishments that specialize in supplies for horses, since items such as halters and saddles are often made entirely of leather.
Beyond cleaning it as necessary, use conditioner across the surface of all the leather parts of your furniture every six months or so. This keeps it shiny and supple.
Coping with Inevitable Accidents
Accidents are a part of daily living, and fortunately there’s no need to be overly concerned if you spill something on your furniture. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you should tackle spills as soon as they happen.
The longer you wait, the harder it will be to completely remove any substances. Also, avoid using supplementary products such as dish soap to clean up mishaps.
A damp cloth, used in a blotting motion should be more than sufficient.
Furniture That Fits your Lifestyle
If you have young children or pets, that’s not a reason to think that you shouldn’t allow yourself to enjoy the classic look of leather furniture. Instead, consider purchasing furniture that features a protective coating. This allows the furniture to withstand the extra demands that accompany a household with kids or animals.
Besides making considerations about the furniture itself, ground rules are useful too. If your children are old enough to understand, make sure that you’re clear about any furniture items that are off-limits, especially if they’ve just finished playing outdoors.
For your pets, think about purchasing small plastic claw covers to minimize furniture damage. They’re readily available for both cats and dogs, and sold at pet stores.
If protected leather is not an option, consider placing the furniture in an area of your home that’s less widely used by every member of the family, such as the master bedroom, or your private study. Sometimes, properly caring for your furniture requires a proactive attitude where you balance the characteristics of your lifestyle with a desire to own attractive furniture.
As you can see, leather furniture can be an investment, provided that you simply clean and condition the material on a regular basis, handle accidents as soon as they occur and wisely select pieces that are practical for your way of life. Follow these tips and look forward to owning durable furniture that’s defined by perpetual beauty.
About the author:
Rose Singer writes for several interior design sites and knows that leather furniture holds up well when you have kids and pets.Free PDF Home & Hearth Ebook...