Leather office furniture provides long-lasting beauty, style, and comfort to any workplace. Leather is much more durable than many fabrics and is available in a wide variety of styles and colors. Just like a leather jacket, favorite purse, or pair of shoes, when properly cared for, leather office furniture can stand the test of time. Keep reading for a few tips on how to properly clean your leather office furniture.
Tips for Preventing Damage to Leather Furniture
When arranging your office furniture, keep leather items out of direct sunlight and away from radiators and HVAC vents. Extreme temperatures will cause leather to dry out and crack.
The best way to prevent a dark colored leather piece of furniture from fading is to keep it away from direct sunlight. The UV rays from the sun will cause fading and significantly shorten the useful life of leather products. If you must place a leather item in front of a window, close the blinds during the sunniest parts of the day. Once leather furniture is faded, the only way to restore the color is to re-dye it.
How to Choose the Right Cleaning Products
Do not use any cleaning product that have alcohol or acetone. The alcohol will damage the protective coating and acetone will remove the dye from leather. Even mild soap and detergents remove oil from leather furniture, causing it to become brittle and damaged. Cleaning with soap and then applying oil will stain your leather office furniture.
Only use products that are recommended by the manufacturer and are designed for upholstery. The leather used for shoes, purses, and clothing items is different. Products that say they are for use on multiples surfaces will likely damage leather, even if one of the surfaces mentioned is leather.
Clean Your Furniture Regularly
Keep your leather office furniture free of dust to prevent dirt build up. It is fine to occasionally wipe it down with a barely damp cloth, but remember that leather absorbs moisture. Blot any spills up as soon as possible using a soft cloth. If the spill is oily, use some talc or baking soda to help absorb it. Never treat your leather with olive oil in an attempt to prevent drying. The oil will soak through to the back and resurface in large, uneven dark spots.
Know When to Call a Professional
New leather furniture should come with a protective coating. If you buy used furniture, have it professionally treated to preserve the quality. Most DIY dye kits are a waste of time. Proper dyeing requires extensive knowledge and experience. If your leather couch or chair is starting to fray or come apart on the bottom or armrest, it is probably time to purchase new furniture.
Call PVI For Leather Office Furniture in Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, and Pennsylvania
Leather office furniture does cost more initially than most fabric and vinyl pieces. However, when properly maintained, leather furniture will last about three times longer and retain value. If you need leather office furniture for your business in the MD, DC, VA or PA area, check out PVI’s selection or contact us for more information!
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