The rich and supple feel of the leather furniture, combined with their durability, makes them a top choice amongst all kinds of furniture. But sometimes, affordability and love for animals obstructs you from acquiring a leather furniture yourself.
Wooden Street provides you with the perfect solution to this dilemma- leatherette furniture. Leatherette is faux leather with the look and feel of real leather. It is a material made by covering a base of fabric by a thin sheet of PVC, and is mostly used as a low-cost, low-maintenance substitute for leather.
With consistent care, usual upkeep and appropriate awareness, leatherette furniture can be made to look as good as real leather and even last as long.
Wooden Street, in partnership with Cleaning Elves, presents:
Things You Should Know
- Protect your leather furniture from active toddlers and over-enthusiastic pets for a prolonged life-span.
- Sitting on the arms of your Sofa may cause creases and damage to the furniture.
- Adorn your furniture good quality cushions to prevent your sofa from direct pressure while you sit.
- Prevent leatherette furniture from direct contact with the sun. UV radiations are not exactly friends with faux leather.
- Arrange your furniture in such a way that it doesn’t come in direct contact with the walls or the skirting of the room. Visible stains will tell you why.
- While DIYs mostly are efficient, cheap and effective, still they use chemicals, however mild or day-to-day they may seem. Never forget to do a spot test before you try anything to clean your furniture- be it a DIY or strong leather cleaning solutions available in the market.
- Always read and heed to the manufacturer’s labels and care instructions.
- Mop and blot the spillage as quickly as possible with a soft tissue or a cotton cloth.
- Vacuum your upholstery lightly. Pay attention to fringes and delicate linings while cleaning and vacuuming.
WHAT NEXT IF YOU DON’T KNOW?
1) Nothing Plain or Old about Water: Cleaning faux leather becomes easy when you can just soak a sponge and scrub the upholstery. This process will remove the filth and grime off the furniture. Leatherettes are easier to maintain because they can be easily cleaned by wiping them with a damp cloth. For day to day care, vacuum your furniture and wipe the furniture with a damp cloth to get a dust-and-debris free shiny upholstery.
For surface stains, a sponge or terry cloth dipped in a dilute solution of grease-eliminating dish soap and water can be used.
Always dry off your leatherette furniture after such a cleaning process with a soft dry cloth.
3) Stains that won’t go just yet:
For such stains dip a cotton swab right into the dish soap and dab the stain with it. Rub in soft circular motions till the stain is gone. Wipe with a damp terry cloth and dry.
If this doesn’t work, buy specialized cleaning products and follow the instructions as recommended.
4) Before the crack propagates:
Leatherettes, though being more durable than fabric furniture and relatively easy to care for, have one problem. If not reinforced with natural fibre or left exposed to UV rays, these develop cracks. Once the cracks develop, there’s pretty much nothing you can do, except get your furniture reupholstered. Prevention is your friend.
Condition your leatherette furniture at regular intervals for a long- lasting shine and guaranteed prevention against cracks.
Mix extra virgin Olive Oil in vinegar in 1:1 ratio and use it to clean and condition your sofa. Let it dry for 15-20 minutes and wipe gently with paper towels for a gleaming upholstery.
We do hope our tips prove useful and your furniture is as lustrous as it was on day one. Let us know how you liked our ideas.