How to Care Leather Chairs
Finally your new chair has arrived and it is looking great with a new leather look and smell. Genuine leather is an organic material so in time some level of cracks are inevitable. However you can minimize them and protect the paint with some quick and easy maintenance. Here we prepared a general guideline to keep your chair’s look new and fresh for years to come. It’s much easier to spend a little time protecting and conditioning your fine leather upholstery than spending the energy and money to repair it.
You want to clean your leather chair? Do not ever use detergents (like dishwasher detergent) or other household chemical cleaners. It will remove most stains for sure but it will also remove the oil which is necessary to keep the leather fibers flexible. Remember it’s not an alive skin so it cannot replace the oil by itself like our skins do. Chemical cleaners are also harmful for the paint and the color will eventually become dull if you continue using them. For regular cleaning, just use a dry cloth (barely damp one if necessary) or dust remover to remove the dust and other particles. You can also vacuum it with a brushed vacuum cleaner tip. Do not use hard plastic vacuum cleaner tips as they will scratch your leather and other metal parts.
You should also clean any spills including water spills immediately with a dry cloth or paper towel. Do not let anything dry by itself on the leather surface including water. Also never put wet clothes on your chair and let them dry on it. Leathers can absorb oils and other liquids fairly quickly which in some cases can cause some nasty stains or decolorization. Alcohol and products containing alcohol are also a big NO for cleaning. Alcohol is a strong chemical solvent and harmful for your leather’s oil and paint.
Last but not least, avoid placing your chair under the direct sunlight, or next to heaters or air conditioners. Sun and heaters will cause your leather to dry quickly which will eventually result nasty cracks.