Upholstered furniture should be professionally cleaned annually. Fine soil particles are abrasive and degrade the fabric fibers, reducing the longevity of your fabric.
Regular monthly vacuuming of the surface of upholstered furniture will keep the colors looking bright & greatly extend the life of the fabric. Always vacuum with the nap, never across.
Applied fabric treatment is very helpful in maintaining the beauty of your fabric and resisting stains. Fabric treatment solutions should be applied on new fabric or immediately after cleaning a fabric. Most treatments will naturally wear off from use in about six months and will need to be reapplied.
Like wood, leather can fade, stiffen and crack. So, keep it away from heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators, space heaters and direct sunlight through house windows.
Keep the leather clean on a regular basis. Leather is a porous skin and is quite absorbent. You should use a damp cotton cloth weekly to wipe off the surface of your leather furniture. Twice yearly, use a quality brand off the shelf leather "cleaner" followed by quality leather "conditioner."
Never use harsh soap, detergents, cleaning solvents, ammonia or vinegar to clean stains from leather. These will dry out the leather severely and may remove the dye from the leather. The best cleaner for leather is tap water or off the shelf cleaning solution. When using water, only have your cloth "damp," do not soak the leather during cleaning as too much water may also cause stains.
Never leave newspapers or magazines on leather furniture, as the dyes from the printed material can easily leech into the leather and permanently stain it.
Clean and oil your furniture regularly. Dust attracts moisture, which can accumulate and soften the finish on your furniture.
Use a brand name PURE OIL product to clean and dust rather than an aerosol polish in a can. Aerosol products contain added chemicals, which are harmful to your furniture’s finish.
Use a 100% cotton cloth, or soft microfiber cloth, with a light amount of furniture oil on it when dusting. A dry cloth can scratch fine finishes.
Avoid placing furniture in direct sunlight. UV light degrades finishes, fabric, and wood.
Do NOT place warm dishes or ice drinking glasses directly on your tabletop. Condensation will be absorbed into the finish causing discoloration and damage to the finish. Always use coasters, place mats, and hot pads.
Never leave a plastic tablecloth on your table long term. The petroleum distillates in the plastic will “out gas” into the finish and permanently soften it. Vinyl covered books and rubber pads under staplers and calculators will yield the same result.
Be very careful about storing cosmetics on top of furniture. Many cosmetics, especially nail polish remover, will quickly dissolve away the finish all the way down to the wood. Once this occurs, the only corrective action is to refinish the entire flat top surface of the furniture.