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How to Care for Leather Furniture

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10 Minutes

We both have a couple leather pieces in our homes and love the warmth and texture they bring to our spaces. However, leather does require some maintenance in order to keep it conditioned and looking its best.

how to care for leather furniture

Here's our step-by-step process to care for our leather furniture and what you should be doing on a weekly and monthly basis.

how to care for leather furniture

Every week, we recommend wiping down your leather furniture with a microfiber cloth. This helps pick up all of the dust and debris on the surface and keeps your leather looking shiny!

how to care for leather furniture

About once a month we remove the cushions and vacuum up any debris that fall in the cracks. This should only take a few minutes!

how to care for leather furniture

Finally, you need to condition the leather once a month or so. This prevents the leather from getting dry and cracking. It will make the leather a little darker at first (like in the above picture), but it should dry evenly. (You may want to test it in a small area first, just to be sure!).

how to care for leather furniture

Take the leather conditioner ), put some on a microfiber cloth, and apply it in a circular motion all over your furniture. Be sure to do a light coat and then once it dries buff it!

how to care for leather furniture

You'll be left with a well-conditioned piece that will last for years and years to come (as long as you take care of it!).

For the full steps to this project, .

Suggested materials:

  • Microfiber Cloth
  • Vacuum
  • Leather Conditioner
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2 questions
  • Ruth Ann
    on Nov 5, 2018

    My leather chaise has tiny little tears on the head rest where the former owners furbaby laid and apparently “stretched”, digging little nail tips into the leather. Bought it anyhow because other then that, the piece is like new. Any ideas about how to repair or at least hide these little boo boos? I will contact a leather shop if need be, but love how creative all of you are! Thanks!

  • Frieda Vaghar Farshchian
    on Feb 4, 2019

    What would you use for leather conditioner? Thanks for the quick reply.

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  • William
    on Oct 31, 2018

    Super tips. A lot of people assume leather doesn't need any care or don't do it right and it starts to crack and peel. Great share.

  • Katelyn
    on Nov 4, 2018

    Very nice! Thanks for sharing

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