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5 Leather Furniture Mistakes


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Proximity to Heat and Sunlight:

The placement of furniture in a living room is often done with a thought towards convenience and visual appeal. But if you've placed a piece of leather furniture near to heating vents or any type of heating unit, then you risk damage to your leather furniture. Heating vents, radiators, and space heaters can dry out and ruin leather furniture with prolonged exposure. In addition, exposure to sunlight can fade and damage your leather furniture as well.

Printed Materials on Leather:

Magazines, newspapers, and even some books can bleed onto leather furniture when left in contact. Although furniture is a convenient place to leave reading material, you may end up with an extra copy of the print that you would never have wanted.

Infrequent Turning and Fluffing of Cushions:

Leather is admired for holding it's shape so effectively, but that can leave owners a little more negligent in fluffing and turning their cushions. Wrinkles that develop in leather couches can be impossible to fully fix. The best bet for owners of leather couches is to turn and fluff cushions weekly.

Forgetting to Dust:

Leather furniture needs to be dusted weekly. Whether owners choose to use a dry microfiber cloth or opt for using the brush attachment on their vacuum cleaner, the key is weekly attention to the dust on your leather furniture.

Using Cleaners That Aren't Appropriate:

Leather owners should avoid soaps and detergents, sprays, oils, and polishes that may damage their leather furniture. Follow manufacturer's instructions carefully and when in doubt, call in the professionals. Most of the time a dry cloth, or cloth and lukewarm water are all that is needed.

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