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So that the leather sofa stays beautiful "forever" - our tips for leather care

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A song of praise for my leather sofa - cozy and unique

It is the epitome of real living and living room culture - our leather sofa. Not much furniture or accessories can compete with the leather couch in terms of style, aesthetics and, above all, cult character with the noble seating furniture.

When it comes to seating comfort, tingling under the fingertips and the holiday lounge feeling in home climes, no upholstery on the planet can beat a leather sofa. When we say that a high-quality leather couch is probably the gold-plated icing on the cake for every living room, nobody can really disagree. In short - a leather sofa is the art of furniture construction turned into seating furniture!
It is clear that the interplay of well-considered construction, high-quality leather types, design lines and precision craftsmanship is not a given. In vain - as the saying goes - nothing in life is free. Quality has its price and that's a good thing.

So that the leather couch remains an investment in the future, there are a few tips to keep in mind! How do I best care for my leather sofa and what do I do when cappuccino or the evening glass of red wine are spread across the leather sofa? We'll tell you in our leather sofa care tips!
 

Care is half the battle - this is how your leather couch stays beautiful

A piece of jewelry needs to be looked after! If the racing green oldtimer from English hands is cherished and looked after three times a month, then you can devote yourself to the wonderfully comfortable leather sofa twice a month.
It's actually not even work, it's taking care of your own hobbies and the sacred cosiness of your own living room.
What should you watch out for when it comes to caring for a leather couch?
 
Rule 1: Basically and before all other rules, including every other rule that you have picked up somewhere, be it at the regulars' table, in a magazine or in the endless expanses of the Internet, the following applies: Read the manual! Leather surfaces and leather sofas are individual! Different manufacturers mean different manufacturing methods and that also means different care methods!
The manual for the leather sofa describes which care products are suitable for the surface and which leave irreparable damage to the leather. Follow the manufacturer's tips and caring for the leather couch will be a breeze!

Rule 2: Grandmother's feather de-cleaner is recommended for everyday or at least weekly maintenance. This vintage tool is perfect for dusting the precious leather gently and cleanly. If you don't have such a treasure in your home cleaning find: “A micro-fiber cloth (dry) is a worthy replacement. If you want to be the electric master of the dust: opinions differ on the vacuum cleaner. We recommend a handheld vacuum cleaner and careful cleaning! Those who tackle house dust with power and the floor vacuum need not be surprised about cracks in the leather. Here, too, the mother of the porcelain box is careful.

Rule 3: The "wet cleaning" of a sofa depends on the material in question.
Of course, even with the most delicate cleaning of a leather sofa, the basic rule “read the manual” is part of the basic equipment. Even with the best of knowledge and belief when it comes to the manual, you shouldn't immediately attack the central padding and burn your soul out. You should also test the wet cleaning of a leather couch in an inconspicuous place. Another basic rule for wet cleaning the leather sofa: "Avoid tap water!" The limescale and other minerals in the tap water can settle on the sensitive leather surface.

What to do about stains!

They exist, the enemies of every leather couch! What do you do with really nasty stains and how do I - without panic - deal with problematic stains on the leather sofa.
For small and large disasters, it is advisable to have a homemade leather cleaner on hand! This mild cleaner covers around 95% of everyday household accidents when it comes to sofa soiling and is amazingly easy to manufacture. Our everyday cleaner:
 
  • Take a part of mild detergent and dilute it with about 8 parts of water. Whether you use a mild detergent or organic facial soap is up to you. The cleaning agent should be basic and should not contain any oils or additives that can be re-greased. A tip about water: distilled water or rainwater are free of lime! With this feature you avoid white shadows on dark leathers! Even the effort of descaling is worth it! We want our beloved leather sofa to be as clean as it was on the first day! As already mentioned: The mixture should always be tested in an invisible place! This avoids unpleasant surprises. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle with a "mist attachment"! The finer the spray mist in an emergency, the better the cleaning works.
     
  • You should always have a high-quality micro-fiber cloth in your "hand luggage". The miracle material achieves the best cleaning effects on leather surfaces. A sponge cloth or a "soft" sponge will also do the job, but the result is usually less beautiful. Stay away from "hard" sponges! These scratch the leather surface. In the worst case, the scratch mist can no longer be polished out of the material!

 
  • For cleaning: a little of the cleaner on the material, double the amount on the micro-fiber cloth (the leather surface of the sofa should not absorb too much liquid) and then wipe gently but consistently in the direction of the leather structure! Make sure that you wipe any dirt off the surface! Let the affected area dry and protect it from direct sunlight during the drying time!

And what you should leave behind with stains!

Above all on the Internet there are the most absurd tips that promise magical help with all kinds of stains. We'll track down the most common tips and tell you what happens to your favorite sofa.

 
  • An often touted home remedy for cleaning and caring for leather is a mixture of milk and lukewarm water. In Internet forums, this diabolical mix is ​​touted as the panacea for more shine and pore-deep cleanliness. A brief digression into the food-chemical composition of good, old milk makes it clear: this mix does more bad than right. Milk contains, among other things, milk sugar and various fatty acids. The combination of light, solar radiation and temperature causes the milk portion of the mixture to react. In other words, the milk becomes sour or rancid. The consequences are unpleasant! The smell of our sofa is reminiscent of a Swiss cheese dairy and the fat content of the milk can lead to rather nasty discoloration. Our tip: better use the milk for a wonderful cappuccino and enjoy it on the sofa.
     
  • Another home remedy tip is potatoes and onions. When cut open, these should be natural stain magnets and, in addition to the leather sofa, also remove stains and discoloration from your favorite shoes. What sounds good in theory disappoints in practice. Raw potatoes are extremely rich in water and starch. In the worst case, the strength of the tuber leaves light "shadows" and unsightly streaks on the leather surface. "Care" behaves similarly with a sliced ​​onion. The moisture from this fruit actually cleans the surface of the leather. The crux of the matter, however, is the smell and the proportion of aromatic substances that penetrate the leather. Both the onion scent and the already mentioned light “shadows” penetrate the leather very quickly and are extremely difficult to remove. The alternative for the sofa: distilled water and a fine cloth.
     
  • Banana peel in combination with egg whites are the “insider tip” among the care products from the kitchen. If you want to completely ruin your charming leather sofa, you should stick to this tip. The fructose and protein contained in the peel settle in the leather and create a fruity smell. After a few days, however, this turns into putrid. The alleged refatting actually works, but differently than intended. The sugar-protein film attacks the surface of the leather and aromas and protein components settle in the leather and after a short time cause irreparable stains (especially on light-colored leathers) and a pungent odor. Stay away from this tincture!
  • The last (actually logical) tip for leather care: body lotion! What is good for human skin must also work with leather! Puff cake. Cosmetic products are designed for human skin. Leather was preserved in different ways when it was refined. The fat percentage of lotions and ko. is NOT suitable for leather. Sure, the leather shines after greasing it, but whether this should also be the effect to be achieved with the luxurious nappa leather remains to be seen. Leave the lotion and body sprays in the bathroom and use them for weekend wellness. Then on the sofa with a glass of Prosecco and everything is good! But don't forget your bathrobe;)!