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Top tips for caring for your leather

Easy ideas from La-Z-Boy to spruce up, clean up, and get your house in order this spring.

Leather is a natural material and, when properly cared for, it will maintain its beauty and appearance for many years. It is also the easiest to care for of all upholstery materials.

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  • Simply keep it clean. Vacuum and dust often using a crevice tool in seams.
  • Though leather is resistant to fading, direct, prolonged exposure to the sun will cause any material to fade. Therefore, it is important to position your leather furniture away from windows, skylights or other intense light sources when possible.
  • Keep your leather furniture at least 12″ away from radiators and other intense heat generators to prevent drying and possible cracking.
  • If spills do occur, attend to them quickly, blotting the stain rather than rubbing.
  • Do not leave newspapers on leather furniture. The ink in the newsprint will rub onto the leather. This is true for all upholstery.
  • Take extra care with sharp instruments and animal claws. Leather is much stronger than upholstery but will puncture with force, causing need for a difficult repair.
  • Never use harsh cleaners, chemicals or saddle soaps as they may damage the finish. Before using any cleaner, test-clean on a hidden area.
  • Depending on use, lighter colours may require more frequent maintenance than darker colours.

Stay tuned, more great spring cleaning tips to come.

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