A Guide to Leather Furniture Maintenance
Leather cleaning and maintenance is quick, easy, and can keep your chair or sofa looking brand new for longer.
You may be surprised how durable this material is if you treat it correctly. For simple spillages, quickly soak and wipe the excess with a damp sponge or cloth by dabbing. It’s important to keep high quality leather furniture well looked after, after all your sofa will be the focal point of any room for years to come. To maintain your furniture in top condition simply follow these 5 easy steps and keep it soft, supple and a sight to behold!
Step 1 - Vacuum Cleaning
The first step in protecting your furniture is to remove any debris, crumbs or dirt before wiping it down. Leather, especially when soft and supple can scratch easily. Delicately vacuum your sofa with a soft brush extension. Focus on visible debris between the cushions and down the sides. [/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]
Step 2 - Wet Wiping Leather
Once all solids have been removed, the simplest and safest way to clean your sofa or chair is to wipe it with a damp cloth. Nubuck cloths are particularly good for cleaning, but any damp soft cloth or sponge will work. Avoid oils or excessive water that will soak in. [/ezcol_1half_end]
Step 3 - Moisturising
To avoid letting it become brittle or hardened, moisturise the leather. Some suggest using linseed or olive oil. The potential problem with these is that they will soften the material but at a cost of reducing its lifespan. Instead of oils, use a good quality saddle soap to clean and keep the leather soft. We supply a range of these, just ask in store for details. [/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]
Step 4 - Drying Your Furniture
Leather should be left to dry naturally (drying it out too fast can harden it). When cleaning your furniture, do not to leave excessive amounts of water out, and keep the room well ventilated. This will help your chair or sofa dry faster and prevent marks and stains . [/ezcol_1half_end]
Step 5 - Conditioning Your Leather
Once cleaned, moisturised, and dry, you can condition the leather for longer lasting protection. Conditioning it will help keep the material soft and sumptuous for longer. High quality conditioners would be recommended for this. Depending on the conditioner used, follow the instructions provided but typically apply gently with a cloth, leaving a slight gloss and allow it to settle. We’d recommend using a conditioner once a month to really keep your furniture luscious. [/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]
To find out more about how to look after and maintain your furniture, visit our experts at any of our Delcor showrooms. View our showrooms
Will it Fit?
It is important to make sure that your new Delcor furniture will fit into your home. This quick guide will help you to work out if your furniture will fit into your room via doors, hallways and stairs.
If it does not fit, then don’t worry - all of our furniture is custom made and for a nominal charge is able to come apart and be assembled on-site by our qualified delivery team.
Firstly, note down the length, depth and height of your furniture. This information can be found on the product pages of our website.
Let's start at the front door. Open the door as wide as possible and measure the distance between the outer edge of the door to the inner edge of your doorframe at its narrowest point.
Compare the width of your doorframe with the height of your item allowing a little wiggle room on either side. This will determine if we can take the item through on its side. If the door width is greater than the height of your item, then it will fit through.
If the width of your front door is too narrow, then our delivery team can try to bring your item through upright. In this case, measure the height of your doorway making sure that it is greater than your item width. Again, check that there is some wiggle room.
If it does not fit give us a call as we can take off the legs or look at alternatives such as taking your furniture apart and assembling it on-site.
We need to make sure your furniture can get into the room that you’d like it to sit in. Measure the width of any areas that the item must pass through, such as hallways and internal doors at their narrowest points.
Remember to take note of possible obstructions such as radiators, shelving, skirting boards and light fittings. As long as the width at the narrowest point is greater than the height of your item, then your furniture will fit.
If your furniture needs to go up any stairs, measure the width of the staircase at its narrowest point. Remember to take any handrails or light fixtures into account. If this distance is wider than the height of your item then it should fit.
If you have a bannister and the furniture needs to be lifted over it, check that the distance between the bannister and the ceiling is greater than the depth of the item. Once at the top of the stairs, make sure there is enough room on the landing for our delivery team to manoeuvre your item into your chosen room.
If you have any questions please give us a call or pop into one of our showrooms, we would be happy to help.
The final part of the Delcor experience is delivery. We understand the importance of and respect that is required when delivering to your home – that’s why we do it ourselves. All our deliveries and installations are carried out by our own trained delivery teams using our own vehicles.
We will call you 7 to 14 days prior to your delivery to discuss the exact dates. At that time, we can talk about an am or pm delivery. You can change your delivery slot at any time but this may affect when the next delivery slot will be available.
On the day we will give you a call one hour before your delivery is due. We will remove and packaging and ensure the room is left just as we found it. Please ensure that the room is ready and the space for your new piece of furniture is ready. Unfortunately, we cannot remove any old furniture due to health and safety.
POR - Price on request, please contact Head Office on 0191 237 1303.