How Do I Take Care of Leather Furniture?

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Taking care of leather furniture is easier than ever with leather-conditioning wipes and regularly vacuuming. Condition leather furniture at least every six months with information from a professional house cleaner in this free video on housekeeping. View Video Transcript

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Rachel Yatuzis

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Hi I'm Rachel Yatuzis and I'm going to show you how to care for your leather furniture. This obviously is a leather chair. A lot of people have leather couches, leather you know, love seats, sofa whatever you want to call them. What you want to do first off is make sure that your leather stays well conditioned. When leather dries out thats when it cracks and scratches more easily so if it is the Winter time and you have got the heat going in your house it is going to dry up faster. Make sure to condition it at least every six months I say. I have leather in my car and so I condition it even more often than that. I would say I do it about once a month because the sunlight hits it and that's another thing you need to consider if your furniture is in direct sunlight that's going to fade it so you want to keep your blinds closed during the day and keep the sunlight directly off of the furniture as much as possible. Another thing is remove any debris. Vacuum your furniture regularly. Remove the cushions and get any of the debris out, coins, crumbs, things like that are going to scratch your leather when they move against it. Your pets also can be brutal to your leather furniture so keep that in consideration. Try to train your cats if you have any not to get on the furniture and the same goes with your dogs. But really all you need to do is to remember to keep it conditioned. To condition your leather just buy a leather conditioner that you really like obviously. This is for car leather but it works good on any leather. I love this brand, it is McGuires it is really really good as a conditioner because it is very moisturizing and that's the thing you want to remember is this used to be skin so it has got to stay moisturized, just like putting lotion on a cow. Make sure to get in all the cracks and crevices and don't skip any parts of the leather just because they are not visible because if it ends up cracking because it was dry that crack can cause the rest of the leather to tear also. You don't leave any parts of it unconditioned. There are also these wipes that you can buy, these are a green product so they are nontoxic and biodegradable and it is made by Method and these wipes themselves are biodegradable. You know they look like regular cloth wipes but they work really well also and they have a good smell. If you have any marks on your leather you can use an art gum eraser to just erase the marks off the leather and I would see what the manufacturer for the leather recommends as far as getting stains out or things like that but just remember if you want to take care of your leather keep debris off of it and keep it conditioned. I'm Rachel Yatuzis and that is how you care for leather furniture.