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Caring for Your Leather Furniture Helps it Hold Up
« on: December 03, 2015, 12:19:43 AM »
Caring for Your Leather Furniture Helps it Hold Up

Quality leather furniture can last decades, but like almost any investment, it needs proper care and routine maintenance to hold up well.

“If you spend $3,000-$4,000 on a sofa, it’s like a car. And you would maintain your car,” said Michael, manager of American Carpet Cleaning in Los Angeles. “Leather upholstery lasting you 20 years isn’t abnormal if it’s taken care of.”

Anthony and Kyle of American Carpet Cleaning in Los Angeles, a carpet cleaning service that services Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, Ventura County and many Southern California cities — both recommend a professional cleaning at least once a year. Oils from skin and hair can break down the finish and be absorbed into leather upholstery, which could lead to permanent staining, usually indicated by black spots on the furniture. A professional cleaning can cost anywhere from $150-$300, depending on the size and type of the leather. The furniture is cleaned on site and immediately available to use afterward.

“A big problem we run into is people over-condition,” Anthony said. “When you buy leather, all the salesman knows to do is give you a conditioner. But if the pores are clogged (with oils), the conditioner can’t get to the leather.”

If not properly maintained, leather will become dry and brittle, leading to cracking and fading, Anthony said. Neglected leather can eventually be restored, but it will take time and patience.

“The problem with leather that most people don’t understand is that it will actually dry out just sitting in a room, especially this time of year, when (most houses are) abnormally dry,” Anthony said. “Once that piece dries out, the leather becomes more brittle. That’s when you run into issues. All those problems can be avoided if you just maintain it.”

Kyle recommends cleaning small spills with a damp cloth followed by a dry cloth. For major stains, like ink or permanent stains, call a upholstery cleaning professional before attempting the job yourself. Avoid using household remedies like hairspray, rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover or other cleaning products, which can permanently damage the finish.

Most upholstery and furniture cleaning can be done on site, though Anthony said in rare occasions he must take furniture to the shop for a deeper cleaning process when it has been extensively damaged, for example, from urine or other deep soil that will require a lengthier cleaning process.

“The main thing is before people work on something, call a professional,” Kyle said. “The reason we can’t get something out is because the homeowners got crazy with it.”

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