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Leather Furniture Cleaner

Leather Furniture Cleaner

Your home is your sanctuary, your place to get away from it all. It is also where you celebrate birthdays and watch the big game with your friends and family, so you want it to look its best at all times. Nothing displays your sophistication and taste quite like leather furniture. Leather furniture is not there just to look smooth, however, it is there to use. You sprang for the added cost of the luxury given by leather, so it shouldn’t go to waste, but since you and your guests plan on enjoying the comforts of your leather furniture, you can guarantee that it will get dirty.

Leather Furniture Cleaner

What do you do when dirt or ink stains raise their ugly heads and ruin the party? You clean it up, of course! But whilst most dirt will wipe straight off your leather, some can be much more stubborn. In these cases you will need to get your hands on some specialist leather furniture cleaner.

Before you decide on a leather furniture cleaner, you should determine the type of leather that upholsters the furniture. Dyed leather can stain permanently, while pigmented leather generally will not. To find out which one you have, place a small drop of water on a concealed portion of the leather. If it soaks in right away, you have dyed leather and you may have some trouble removing the stains because they like to soak in too. If the water stays on the surface for a while, you have pigmented leather and you have a chance of removing the stain. Don’t panic if you have dyed leather, all hope is not lost. However, it would be best to call a professional in this situation as you may cause irreparable damage by attempting to clean it yourself.

For those of you with pigmented leather, water-based stains such as ketchup, wine and colas can be eliminated using nothing more than plain and simple water. Simply dampen a cloth and gently wipe off the culprit. Don’t go overboard because leather should not be kept excessively wet. If you are having trouble, add mild soap flake to the water. Ink stains can be effectively removed with baking soda followed by a quick wipe with a damp cloth.

If your furniture is more than ten years old, saddle soap is a fine all-purpose leather furniture cleaner. Dampen a cloth and rub the lather on the stain. Do not use this method on newer leathers, however, as they are more sensitive.

One cleaner to avoid is baby wipes. They seem like an easy and capable cleaner, but their job is to neutralize acidic irritants, such as urine, to a baby’s skin. The alkaline cleaners contained wipes will ruin the leather’s finish.

As you can see, it is not necessary to spend a great deal of money or time cleaning your leather furniture. With a little water and some mild soap, you can erase a great many stains. However, if the stain is too large or you own dyed leather, don’t hesitate to call the professionals.

The Basics of Leather Furniture Repair

Leather Furniture Repair

A beautiful home is nothing without beautiful furniture to complement it and leather furniture is the best way to bring out the best in your home. Leather furniture looks great but like all things it is vulnerable to wear and tear. If your beloved leather chair or sofa does sustain a little scuff or tear, don’t throw it on the scrap heap just yet. Repairing it will be easier than you think and there are some handy kits available to help you to do just that.

Leather Furniture Repair

Most modern leather furniture items can be repaired by the owner. Contemporary leather furniture is often scratch resistant and usually constructed so that the grain and color are consistent and will not be vulnerable to water damage. This makes repairing this type of damage even easier.

Although most leather today resists scratches it will still be necessary to prepare the area thoroughly before making a repair. Just because your furniture item is scratch resistant this doesn’t mean that you can go attacking it carelessly. When performing leather furniture repair, just as when removing stains, you should prepare the affected area by cleaning it with water and mild soap flakes or dish soap. Although the leather is guarded against water damage it will still absorb some water when being cleaned, so allow it time to dry before making any repairs otherwise it may stretch or contract, causing yet more damage. Once dry, gently wipe the area with an alcohol pad. These are usually included in leather repair kits. Cleaning the surface in this way will remove residue that could affect repair.

Once the damaged and cleaned area is dry, spread a repair compound over the damage. One half inch outside the hole or tear should do the trick. If you have a deep hole in the leather, you will need to apply a sub-patch first. These are often contained in the repair kits. Smooth out the compound with the provided tool or your finger and allow it dry. Impatient people are often tempted to use a hair dryer set on low to expedite the process, but those inexperienced in leather furniture repair should probably avoid this as it can cause the compound to crack. If that happens you’re back to square one.

After the compound has dried, use another alcohol wipe to remove any residue. Do this gently and sparingly because the alcohol can remove the compound if used in abundance. Next, apply the color coating included in the kit. The first coat should be thin and will likely not cover the patch. The color will probably seem light at first but subsequent coats will cover the entire patch and deepen in color. Finishing up with conditioner is optional, but it makes the repaired area soft and supple.

When your leather furniture is damaged, it is not the end of the world. With the many kits available, leather furniture repair is simple and easy. Just follow these simple steps and your leather furniture will look almost as good as new.

Leather Living Room Furniture: The Busiest Room in the House Should be the Most Stylish

Leather Living Room Furniture

The living room is a truly multifunctional space. It is used for birthday celebrations, watching the football game with your buddies, and just sitting back and relaxing. Nothing adds style and comfort to the room like leather living room furniture. Leather furniture is practical too. It is tough, durable and easy to clean, making it the ideal center for your family life.

Leather Living Room Furniture

Like most leather furniture, leather living room furniture is available in a variety of colors and styles. The color is often uniform and the leather is coated with a thin, protective layer that makes stain removal really easy. As the hub of activity in the house, the living room sees more than its share of activity, especially in households with children or pets. The furniture will almost certainly receive some stains and damage, but repairing leather furniture is very easy nowadays. It can also be found in numerous styles from contemporary to traditional and anything in between.

Regarding the types of furniture found in the living room, a comfy, cozy recliner is a necessity. Warm on the coldest winter nights and cool in the hazy days of summer, it is the perfect piece of furniture in which to lie back and doze off. If you prefer quiet elegance and sophistication, recliners composed of black and brown leather will suit your needs. They are perfect additions to a living room dressed with a fire place or wood paneling.

If entertaining guests during the big game is your thing, your own personal recliner absolutely must come equipped with cup holders at the end of the arms. Leather living room furniture is easy to clean, remember, so don’t worry about those minor beer spills or major league nacho stains.

You may be the king of your castle, lounging in your recliner, but don’t forget about the comfort of your guests. Leather sectionals accommodate plenty of your rowdy friends and can handle the use and abuse it will surely receive. Sectionals made for frequent social gatherings often include in the armrests that recede into the couch for smaller get-togethers or extend to appease larger parties. Cup holders can often be found in these armrests. Small, concealable center consoles sometimes have compartments for the remote or other items you want nearby.

Quiet comfort may be what you are looking for in your living room, time spent with your significant other. A loveseat is the perfect piece of leather living room furniture for this lifestyle. Cuddling side by side on a cool, autumn evening or enjoying an iced tea on a July afternoon, you and your loved one will be perfectly content in the form-fitting confines of a supple leather loveseat.

Dont forget that leather makes a great detail for items that you dont sit on as well. Things like a large leather coffee table and end tables wrapped in leather make great additions to any stylish home. Leather is also great in the fact that it ages well and actually looks better a little beat up!

Leather living room furniture is comfortable, durable, and practical in all seasons. So slide into your recliner or stretch out on your sectional and enjoy life the way it was meant to be – wrapped in leather.

Leather Furniture for Every Room

Leather Furniture

Leather has long been considered to be the most luxurious material it is possible to buy. It has been used in fashion for all kinds of purposes, adding a touch of class to to every aspect of our lives. Leather shoes, leather briefcases, leather messenger bags, leather wallets, leather car upholstery, all are associated with style and sophistication. But leather furniture is one of the most successful applications, allowing us to enjoy the comfort and luxury of leather throughout our homes.

If you have a penchant for leather and are considering redecorating your home, you will be interested to know that it is now possible to have leather items in every room of your house. Whilst it might sound extreme to have an entire house upholstered in leather, and the literal application of this would be more than a little bizarre, it is interesting to see how leather is now applied in all areas of furniture design and how there a place for it in almost every room.

Why don’t we take a tour of the virtual house of leather to see just how many times the luxury of leather can be successfully applied in its décor?

The Bedroom

Leather beds are not only stylish but incredibly comfortable too. If you enjoy reading in bed then you will enjoy the soft leather headboard of one of these beds. Leather beds come in many different colors but the most popular are red, brown and black, as with most leather items. There are a number of styles too, including platform, canopy and sleigh.

The Bathroom

The bathroom might seem like an unusual place to find leather, and you’d be right. However, many people have a chair in their bathroom so why not one upholstered in leather? Leather is water resistant and so perfect for bathroom use. Leather clothes hampers also make an unexpected fashion statement.

The Living room

The living room is the obvious place to find leather furniture. Contemporary furniture is very popular currently with stylish leather sofas and chairs being more popular than ever before. Whatever your taste you are sure to find a leather sofa to suit you, from classic chesterfields to angular or stylishly curved sofas. Leather armchairs and recliners are often made to match, but there are more designs of individual armchairs than be counted. If you would like to try something different, have you considered a leather chaise-lounge?

The Home Office

Black leather furniture fits in an office like a foot in a shoe. There is nothing like a big leather office chair to make you feel important. But what about an old fashioned leather paneled writing desk? Oh yes, a big desk will really make you feel like the boss but be prepared to pay through your nose.

Leather Dining Chairs

Even kitchens and dining rooms can benefit from the luxury of leather in the form of leather dining chairs. Contemporary designs feature high backed chairs upholstered in leather and often shaped with elegant curves. Leather is perfect for dining wear as is stain resistant and easily wipes clean.

How to clean, maintain and recover your old garden furniture seat cushions

garden furniture seat cushions

It is not as difficult as you might think to ‘make-do-and-mend’ and restore your well-used patio furniture instead of throwing them out for a new set. Most of the time, all they need is a little face-lift to freshen things up. It could even be that your garden furniture is only a couple of years old, but you left the cushions out for a few months and they’ve faded in the sun or developed a few unsightly mold and mildew stains. Garden furniture is not cheap and you need to give it the same care and attention you would the sofa in your living room. If your outdoor furniture has seen better days or if you have no choice but to leave it outside all year round, then the elements can wreak havoc on your cushions even though they are usually designed to stay outside.

Recovering your old garden furniture seat cushions

So why not recover your patio furniture seat cushions and bring them back to life or create something a little more unique for your garden furniture? After all, you just need some good quality outdoor canvas, some scissors, pins, a tape measure, new latex foam if the existing is damaged by mold/mildew, a sewing machine, thread and an iron/ironing board. Start by removing the old cushion covers from the seat cushions. Cut the parts of the seat cushion covers along the seam lines to separate them if need be as many are not zipped/removable. Check the condition of the foam. If it is still in good condition, then you can reuse it and save a little money. If not, and especially if there is any mold/mildew staining, replace it with new foam of the approx. same density and thickness. And if in doubt take a piece with you when you go to purchase the replacement and ask the assistant for the closest thing.

Fold over your canvas/material to make two layers of the fabric. Lay the old cover pieces on top and mark their outlines with some pins, or simply cut around the old covers to make the new ones exactly the same size, so that you’re basically using them as a template for the new cushion covers. Lay the new fabric face down on a flat surface and place the old fabric face down on top. Pin the old fabric to the new fabric with sewing pins and use scissors to cut out the new pieces of fabric. Cut out both a top and bottom piece for the cushion.

Remove the sewing pins and pin the new pieces together with right sides together leaving one side open. Sew the front and back fabric pieces together with a 5/8 inch seam, removing the pins as you sew. Turn the covers inside out and insert the foam into the open end of the cover and sew it closed with a simple hand stitch. Finally, trim the corners of the patio furniture seat cushions off between the seam line and the edge of the fabric and this will prevent the canvas from bunching up at the corners.

Press the seams of the new cushion covers flat with a hot iron and damp tea towel and then flip the covers inside out. Place the foam inside the new cushion cover and pin the opening closed by folding in the raw/unfinished edges of the fabric and bring the two sides together. Stitch the opening closed with a sewing machine or carefully by hand if it is proving a little difficult to feed through. Simple as that to be honest… You can now place the new patio furniture seat cushions onto your garden furniture. Another tip is to wash them on a 40 degree cycle, iron again and then leave them time to dry as this can help shrink/fit the fabric to the foam if it’s a little on the loose side.

In order to maintain your patio furniture and extend its life, we always advise our customers to only put the cushions on the furniture when you’re going to use them. Do not leave them outside for an extended period of time, even though they look nice when your garden furniture is all set up. Our aluminum garden furniture can stay outside regardless of the weather, but the cushions will fade if left in the sun for a prolonged period of time. If they do get caught in a sudden downpour, then bring them indoors to dry out before using again. After use, wipe down your patio furniture cushions to remove any dirt, dust or salt deposits before storing them and always give them time to dry to prevent mildew from forming.

Cleaning your garden furniture seat cushions

Regular cleaning is vital if you want to keep your garden furniture cushions looking like new. Don’t just wait until summer to give them a good clean, get them ready now and they’ll be looking their best and ready for the first rays of sunshine. Now is the time to obtain tips for cleaning patio furniture cushions, so you will be ready before the summer comes.

Regular Basic Cleaning

If your cushions are fairly new or they’ve been well taken care of, then you will only have to do a little gentle basic cleaning. At least once a year, you need to give your cushions a basic clean to help retain their appearance. If your cushions are zipped as per the type we retail at Lazy Susan or a Velcro fastening, then remove them and place them in the washing machine using a low cycle and a mild detergent. To preserve the life of your patio furniture cushions, do not to wash the foam insert. If you saturate the foam inner, you run the risk of causing mildew or mold growth. If your foam inserts do get wet or you can’t remove the covers and therefore you have to wash together, then make sure you dry them completely before replacing the cover. Best way to do this is place between two towels; walk on the cushions to squeeze any moisture out and leave to dry against a radiator or in an airing cupboard if you’ve got one. Do not tumble the foam or covers!

Heavy Cleaning

If your patio furniture cushions are heavily soiled, then you might want to consider soaking them first to loosen the ingrained dirt that build up over time (especially in any seams). Prepare a solution by mixing equal parts of washing up liquid and Vanish Oxi-action powder with a liter of warm water. Place the solution in a spray bottle and have a garden hose at the ready. Use the spray bottle to apply the cleaning solution to the soiled cushions. If you are dealing with a large or tough stain, be sure to liberally saturate the cushions with the cleaning solution, paying special attention to the cushion’s creases and seams where the dirt tends to build up. The more solution you spray onto the cushions the less scrubbing you will have to do as the Oxi-action will fizz away and take care of things. Allow the cleaning solution to sit for a good 15 to 30 minutes, but do not let it dry out, re-spray if need be. Once a sufficient amount of time has elapsed, place the garden hose on high (a pressure washer is even better), spray the cushions thoroughly to remove the dirt/cleaning solution and then follow the gentle cleaning process and wash in the washing machine.

Cleaning garden furniture cushions made from outdoor canvas

Cushion covers made from canvas are extremely durable and stylish. However, they take a little extra effort to clean I’m afraid. While some canvas cushion covers can be removed and machine-washed using a gentle cycle and mild detergent, others cannot be removed. If your canvas cushion covers can’t be removed from the foam, then you need to wash them by hand. To do so get a medium-bristle scrubbing brush and mix a solution of equal parts washing up liquid and Vanish Oxi-action powder with a liter of warm water. Using your brush soaked with the solution, gently work the brush back and forth on the cushion cover. You don’t have to be too gentle; the canvas is tough and will take a bit of elbow grease. Finally, rinse the cushions with a garden hose and leave to dry.

Take a little preventative action!

In order to reduce the amount of cleaning you will have to do on your patio furniture cushions (and prevent the need to replace them), it’s a good idea to be proactive. For example, consider spraying the cushions with Scotch Gard Outdoor Fabric Protector before using them. This forms an invisible barrier which repels water-based liquid such as rain, wine and coffee and helps protect against stains, making them easier to clean in the future. Another way to cut down on cleaning time is to properly store the cushions during the winter. Consider using airtight containers to store your cushions. Please, whatever you do, don’t wrap your cushions in plastic or store them in bin bags, because mold and mildew will grow rapidly if air is trapped inside the plastic. At Lazy Susan we always advise our customers to store in an airtight container with a few Cedar Balls in the container alongside your cushions. This is the most effective way to prevent spiders/bugs etc. (especially if you’re storing in a shed), it will give a long-lasting fresh fragrance to your cushions and prevent build-up of mustiness and mildew.