Leather Care Guide
We are often asked by our customers for advice on how to protect, preserve and clean leather office furniture, in particular our executive leather office chairs.
For this reason, we’ve compiled this handy leather care guide to help you properly look after your leather office furniture. This will help to prevent damage from improper use of cleaning products and help to prolong the life of your product.
Leather Cleaning Guide
You may need the following depending on the result you are trying to achieve:
- Cleaning cloths (specialised E-cloth microfibre furniture cleaning cloths can be used on leather)
- Distilled water
- Isopropyl alcohol (also known as Rubbing Alcohol) & cotton wool (for removing ink stains from leather). Rubbing alcohol can also be used for removing mildew and mold from leather.
- Talcum powder or cornstarch (for removing oil or grease stains from leather)
- Chamois cloths, white wine vinegar, linseed oil (for nourishing and preserving leather products). Vinegar can also be used for removing salt stains from leather.
- Ice – for removing gum from leather
How To Nourish & Protect Your Leather Office Furniture
Mix together some white wine vinegar and linseed oil in a ratio of 1:2 (1 part vinegar to 2 parts oil). Using a chamois cloth, rub the leather using circular movements for at least 15 minutes. Once you have covered the entire surface, remove any excess liquid using another dry chamois cloth. Allow to dry naturally.
How To Remove Mold & Mildew From Leather
Mix together some rubbing alcohol & water in equal quantities. Apply to the leather surface using a damp cloth and then allow to dry naturally away from direct sunlight.
How To Remove Oil & Grease Stains From Your Leather Furniture
N.B Do NOT use water on its own as this could cause the stain to spread.
Blot up any excess oil or grease using tissue or absorbent cloth. Next cover the stain with either cornstarch or talcum powder and allow to sit overnight. The powder helps to absorb the grease or oil and you should find that using a soft, dry cloth the following day will help to remove the stain.
How To Remove Ink Stains From Leather
Carefully treat the ink stain using Isopropyl alcohol and a cotton wool ball or swab. Leave the rubbing alcohol to work into the stain for 15-20 minutes. Dry the area with a clean cloth.
N.B It is advisable to spot test a small, inconspicuous area before treating large ink stains.
How To Remove Gum From Leather
To remove sticky gum from leather you simply need to apply some ice until the gum hardens. Then carefully peel away the gum, ensuring you don’t scratch the leather beneath if using a sharp object.
How To Remove Salt Stains From Leather
This final tip probably applies more to leather clothing than furniture. However, if for some reason you end up with salt stains on your leather office furniture, this is how to remove them. Mix a solution of vinegar to water in the ratio of 3:1 (3 parts vinegar and 1 part water). Using some cotton wool, gently wipe away the stains and allow to dry naturally.
Leather conditioner, specialist leather care kits, and leather wipes are also widely available from supermarkets and DIY stores.
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