When it comes to furnishing your new home, choosing lounge furniture is pretty crucial. It’s so because the lounge is the first phase of your home’s interior; one needs to ensure the couches here are welcoming as first impressions do the talking! Whilst the fabric choices, leather lounge suites make one sensible option. Authentic leather couches aren’t just appealing but are meant to last for a lifetime. Also, with comfort, you will not find a better buy. Surprisingly, with age, the texture of leather sofas become subtle and are breathable to suit all weather conditions without wearing.
Caring for leather couches
Leather couches, unlike fabric sets, are highly resistant to stains, wear and tear. With that said, you will not have to invest in a pair of couch covers to keep your lounge suites safe from spills and stains. However, leather couches require minimal maintenance and upkeep. Here are four quick care tips to maintaining your leather lounge suites the right way,
- Do not choose leather couches for outdoor use
Leather couches can best work as lounge sets or suit your large living room but never the outdoor garden. Though leather sofas are breathable and serve an all-season purpose, it is best to keep them away from direct sunlight. Several researchers say that leather without appropriate protector layers can get cracked open or split when exposed to sunlight for prolonged periods.
So, the best thing to do is to ensure the arrangement is away from direct sun. Alternatively, if you have an open lounge, always pick leather suites that come coated with sun protectors to help them resist UV rays from sun exposure. Other DIY techniques include putting a throw blanket over the surface if you find it turning hot during the daytime.
- Wiping spills
Liquid spills can be pretty common. Especially if you have kids or pets at home, your leather couches may get affected by constant spots and spills. Though leather suites are resistant to stains and do not absorb them, it is always better to wipe off spots shortly. For effective wiping, always use a microfiber or any fabric cloth and some lukewarm water to do the wiping.
Do not just wipe the spot. Ensure to use the wet cloth to wipe the surrounding area so that the stain does not penetrate. Alternatively, you can use a sponge to absorb liquid stains quickly. Lastly, let it air dry.
- The everyday cleaning
The least you will need to ensure that your leather lounge suite is away from dust and dirt is a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment. To begin with, make sure that the brush attached is soft as rough brush surfaces can interfere with affecting the suppleness of the leather couches. It is always better to avoid DIY tricks and cleaner recipes. Baking soda and lemon cannot clean leather sofas but only harm them for the worse! To keep up the radiant shine, use a non-detergent soap and some water to gently wipe the surface. Use some water to dilute the soap.
- Dealing with oil stains
If you have just had a movie night or a get-together in your lounge with dinner served, it is pretty typical to find oil stains or grease sticking to your leather couch. In such cases, leather sofas require a different set of care to get rid of oils. Initially, use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe off excess grease (cheese or butter stains) from the surface. That is, you can get rid of the oil that has not penetrated onto the surface. Occasionally, you can also hire leather cleaning services which cost nearly $55 per seat in Australia. Alternatively, to clear the oil spot, use an alcohol-containing leather cleaner.