When it comes to taking care of your antique leather furniture, you will need to be careful to ensure that you do not harm the leather in any way. If you search online, there are many home remedies for cleaning leather upholstery, but you are best to steer clear of these as you could end up doing permanent damage to your antique leather. If your antique leather furniture is not in good condition, then you may need to get this restored by a professional who can clean and make repairs where needed. If your antique furniture is in good condition, then the tips below will help you to keep it this way and will help to make your furniture last for a lot longer.
What Type Of Leather Do You Have?
When you purchase the latest antiques and collectables from LoveAntiques, you will want first to ascertain what type of leather your furniture is made from, as you can have finished and unfinished leather and the way that you clean them will be slightly different. Finished leather is harder and much more stain-resistant, while unfinished leather is much softer and more susceptible to stains.
Materials You Need To Clean Your Leather Furniture
Before you start to look at cleaning your furniture you will first have to ensure that you have everything that you are going to need to do the job properly. To get the job done correctly you are going to need the following:
- Vacuum Cleaner & Brush Attachment
- Distilled Water
- PH Neutral Soap (nondetergent)
- A Microfiber Cloth
- Leather Conditioner
When you have everything that you need, you will then be ready to start cleaning your antique leather furniture. With the above tips and the additional tips below, it shouldn’t be hard doing so.
Cleaning Unfinished Leather
To clean unfinished leather, also known as unprotected aniline leather, you will need to be careful as the leather can be easily scratched or damaged. You should first attach the brush to the vacuum cleaner and clean the surface of the furniture, making sure that you get into all the crevices to remove any dirt or dust. You will then want to take your microfiber cloth and soak some distilled water into it, using this to wipe down the surface of the leather. You can also use a leather conditioner if needed, but ensure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
Cleaning Finished Leather
Finished leather is much harder wearing than unfinished, but you need to ensure that you stay away from cleaning products that have ammonia or alkalis, as they can do irreparable damage to your antique leather furniture. Start with the vacuum cleaner and brush attachment and make sure that you remove all the dust and particles that have built up. You will then want to mix the distilled water and PH neutral soap to make a cleaning solution, and you will then want to do a test patch on a small area of the furniture to make sure that the solution does not discolour your leather. If there is no discolouration, you can then start to wipe down the leather surface with the microfiber cloth. Apply the solution across the surface of the leather. Take another clean cloth and wet this with only the distilled water. Wipe the leather down once more and after this is done, take another cloth and use this to dry the surface.
By following these steps regularly, you can help to prolong the life of your antique leather furniture and keep it looking in excellent condition for many years to come. If your leather is too damaged to clean it yourself, then seek the help of a professional upholsterer who will be able to assist you.