We want to share our leather care tips with you so that you can keep your leather lounges, sofas and chairs looking as good as the day you got them!
At Berkowitz Furniture, we have a wide range of exquisite leather furniture made from the finest durable upholstery leathers on the market. Upholstery leathers are given general classifications based on their finish characteristics. Our range comes in the following classifications; aniline leather, nubuck leather, semi-aniline leather and pigmented leather.
Below we will discuss our top leather care tips and products.
Leather Care Tips
Caring For Your Leather Furniture
To keep your leather furniture looking better for longer, it’s important you begin leather care and maintenance as soon as possible. How long your furniture keeps its beautiful appearance depends on the care you give it.
The following are some care tips to assist you in maintaining your leather’s good condition:
DON’T allow pets on the furniture. Their claws can scratch and damage the finish.
DON’T place furniture in direct sunlight or too close to a heat source (e.g. fireplace or heater).
DON’T use household cleaners, solvents or petroleum products, unspecified or non-recommended products and any products recommended for saddles or footwear. It is best to consult your furniture retailer or manufacturer as to what cleaner they recommend.
DON’T sit on leather with wet clothing from salt and chlorine swimming pools.
AVOID sharp objects coming in contact with the leather. These can scratch or cut the leather.
DO keep your leather as clean and supple as possible with regular use of the retailer or manufacturer’s recommended Leather Care Maintenance Kit. The build-up of perspiration and body salts are one of the biggest contributors to colour loss and breakdown in upholstery leather. Therefore it needs to be removed regularly. Clothing and food dye can also transfer into leather and needs to be removed as soon as possible.
Hear what our Furniture Care Expert, Steve, has to say about looking after your leather furniture.
Leather Care Products
Leather is a strong durable surface which (when treated and maintained correctly) will give many years of good service. Today’s modern tanneries apply complex coatings onto the leathers to increase their stain and wear resistance. The idea of good leather care for your furniture is to maintain these coatings for as long as possible. When allowed to build up, dust, body oils, grime, and food stains begin to breakdown the tannery coatings which accelerate the deterioration of the leather.
At Berkowitz Furniture, we recommend ‘Texicote’ products as they are specifically formulated to maintain and enhance the leather’s durability and will keep your leather furniture in an excellent condition. Regular use of the kits will effectively eliminate day-to-day grime build-up and apply a protective layer on the leather which will help to repel grime, stains and body oils. The unique properties of these kits will also help to reduce damage caused by UV and an advanced anti-microbial agent will help to resist mould and germ build-up.
Keep your leather furniture in good shape with the Berkowitz range of leather care products by ‘Texicote’, available from all Berkowitz stores.
Remember, it’s far easier (and cheaper) to do preventative maintenance and care for your leather furniture than to do costly repairs or replacements.
For more information regarding leather care or our products, get in touch with the friendly team at Berkowitz Furniture. Visit one of our showrooms.