A good piece of leather furniture, if cared for properly, can last a lifetime. They look great in every home, and are very easy to take care of. The trick over time is to just watch what you do around them to avoid scratches and tears. But there are also a few things you need to do on a regular basis to keep them looking great year after year.

-Dust And Vacuum Weekly

Letting dust accumulate over time can dull the appearance. And of course, every couch is going to accumulate crud here and there from food and other things, so vacuum between and under the cushions weekly to avoid scratching.

-Clean Spills Immediately

If you spill something on your furniture, clean it immediately with a dry or damp cloth. Blot instead of wipe to remove as much as possible, and let air dry. If you let the spill sit and stain, it will be much more difficult to remove. Try to avoid using any soap or excessive water, as that can dull the overall appearance.

Keep Leather Furniture Away From The Fireplace And Windows

Heat from fire or the sun will cause the leather to dry and crack over time, and there is no fixing that. Arrange the room so that the furniture is at a reasonable distance from the fireplace or window.

-Use Leather Conditioner

Leather conditioner will keep the leather flexible, soft, and keep that nice overall appearance. However, do NOT use more than 1-2 times per year. Overusing conditioner will have adverse effects and your furniture will lose its great appearance.

For more great information on your leather furniture, check out Better Homes and Gardens Facts and Care Tips!