How to care for leather upholstery?

Leather upholstery is a stylish and durable option for automotive seating and furniture. However, to maintain its beauty and prolong its life, it is necessary to provide it with proper care. In this article, we'll give you tips for keeping your leather upholstery in top condition, talk about the different types of leather used in upholstery, and mention some common mistakes to avoid.


Tips to maintain your leather upholstery:


1. Regular cleaning: To keep leather clean, you should clean it regularly using products specially designed for leather upholstery. Avoid using harsh chemical or abrasive cleaners that can damage leather. Follow the cleaning product manufacturer's instructions and test on a small, inconspicuous area before applying to all upholstery.


2. Sun protection: Leather is sensitive to direct sunlight and can deteriorate over time. Protect your leather upholstery from direct sun exposure by using shades, blinds, or sunscreens on the windows. Also, consider applying a leather protectant to prevent wear and discoloration caused by UV rays.


3. Regular hydration: Leather needs hydration to maintain its flexibility and prevent dryness and cracks. Use a manufacturer-recommended leather conditioner and apply every three months or as directed on the product. Gently massage the conditioner into the leather and allow it to absorb before using the furniture or vehicle.


Types of leather for upholstery:


There are different types of leather that are used to make leather upholstery, and they are the following:


Aniline: Skin or leather, it does not have any protective sealant, only tinted, it is called “Pure Aniline”. It is very soft and not very practical, as it gets stained and wears off very quickly. It is used mainly in clothing and furniture. It is very difficult to see it in a car.


Semi-aniline: It is the same leather as aniline but it does have a very thin layer of protector. It is frequently used in furniture.


Sealed or protected skin: If you are looking for a skin for your car, this is your option. It is treated with a protective layer that helps maintain the properties of the leather.

Nubuck or Nobuck: Remember velvet. It is elegant and definitely unique in regards to the touch. You have to consider what stains easily.

Errors that you should avoid in your leather upholstery:


1. Exposure to excessive heat: Avoid placing your leather upholstery near direct heat sources such as radiators or stoves. Excessive heat can cause leather to dry out and crack.


2. Use of inappropriate products: Do not use common household cleaning products, such as detergents or solvents, also avoid using beeswax, sprays, and much less ammonia on your leather upholstery. These products can be too abrasive and damage the leather, leaving irreversible stains or discoloration. Always use specific leather care products.


3. Lack of protection: Do not underestimate the importance of protecting your leather upholstery. Avoid sitting on it with dirty clothes or with sharp objects that can scratch or puncture the leather. Also, consider using covers or protectors when necessary, especially in high-wear areas.


4. Neglecting Stains: Stains on leather must be treated immediately to prevent them from becoming permanently set. Use a clean, soft cloth to gently remove fresh stains, avoiding excessive rubbing. If the stain persists, seek the help of a leather cleaning professional to prevent further damage.


5. Lack of regular maintenance: Leather requires constant maintenance to retain its appearance and quality. Do not neglect regular care, such as cleaning and moisturizing, as this will help prevent premature wear and aging of the leather.


In summary, proper care of leather upholstery is essential to maintain its beauty and prolong its useful life. Follow the tips mentioned above, choose the right type of leather for your needs, and avoid common mistakes. With proper care, you will enjoy your leather upholstery for many years.


At Curtidos Menacho we offer you a wide range of leathers treated in the best way to obtain the best quality, therefore, we invite you to explore our catalog of products. Don't wait any longer and transform that old piece that doesn't seem to have life, into an incredible piece with luxurious leather upholstery!

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