Taking Care of your Leather Furniture: For those Stubborn Spots and Stains

Routinely maintenance of your leather furniture is important in protecting it and at the same time it will extend the leather’s lifetime. There are many leather cleaners and conditioners in the market today but these tend to not work well for stubborn spots or stains.
When these happen, try opting for a more thorough cleaning. For this it is best to use warm water and soap that does not have any oil. Do not use cleaning agents or solvents like furniture polish or abrasive and oily cleaners. Those products that have oil will make the leather deteriorate faster and will crack easily. If you are unsure about any new product, try testing it on a small area that cannot be seen.
For stains that are hard to remove, use a non-chemical cleaner. There are various commercial leather cleaners in the market today and most of these are safe to use. For mildew stains, use one cup of water and one cup of rubbing oil.
Never apply grease or oil. Instead, wipe the spot only with a dry cloth. Apply a little corn starch or talcum powder and allow it to sit for several hours. By doing this, the corn starch or powder will be able to absorb any excess oil from the stain.
For ink stains, spray the area with hair spray and wipe it with a dry cloth until it becomes dry. Although we know that ink is impossible to remove, the hair spray will make it less noticeable. For severe ink stains, that is when you call a professional.

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