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Caring for your Leather Sofa — Fullhouse

Caring for your Leather Sofa

Correct care will extend your furniture’s life and value. Leather is a natural product and each hide is unique so variations in colour and texture are recognised as a feature, not a fault.

Although leather is one of the oldest and most durable upholstery materials, it still needs regular, correct care and cleaning to maintain its natural beauty and extend the life of your leather upholstered furniture. Different leather finishes require different care products – to work out which leather best suits your lifestyle and home, consult our specialist here at Fullhouse and follow our tips below.


  • Protect from direct and indirect sunlight.

  • Regularly clean and moisturise leather upholstery to maintain its appearance. In extreme climates you’ll need to moisturise the leather more often. Check the care label on your furniture for more information.

  • Clean, condition and protect your furniture with gentle cleaning products every three months or more frequently with high use, to remove dirt and gradual accumulation of household grime, body oil and perspiration. Check the usage instructions on care products for more information.

  • Spot cleaning: Treat spills and stains as soon as they occur. Gentle scrape away or mop away any liquid from the surface of the fabric. Do not scrub with a stiff brush. Apply proprietary cleaning agents strictly according to instructions. Test on an inconspicuous area before applying to the entire products. Do not saturate the surface with cleaning products.

  • Vacuum regularly with a soft upholstery attachment. Wipe over the leather with a damp, soft, clean cloth weekly. Dirt and grime can act as an abrasive and wear away on leather.

  • Rotate or reverse cushions regularly, where the design permits. Do this once a month to minimise wear from ‘favourite chair syndrome’, this is where more obvious soil build up on the most frequently used seat or seats.

  • Feather and down cushions have excellent recovery, but much like down comforters or pillows, they need to be fluffed more frequently to restore their loft.

  • Wipe up water spills straight away, don’t let it soak in. Water based stains will leave a mark. Unprotected aniline leathers will rapidly absorb spills and stains.

  • Clean up food spills straight away. Food oils can permanently bond with the leather.

  • Use floor protectors on the bottom of furniture (like tables and chairs) to minimise damage to floor coverings.

  • Keep pets and sharp or heavy objects away from your leather furniture.

  • Treat spots, spills and stains immediately before it can absorb into the leather. Do not rub - carefully soak up the spillage by gently ‘blotting’ with a clean, dry, absorbent cloth in circular movement, working from the outside to the centre.



  • Do not place leather furniture near direct light or heat sources. Heat can shrink, fade or damage the leather. Maintain at least 30cm between your sofa and a heat source.

  • Try not to get body oils on the leather, as they can oxidise and change the colour of the leather.

  • Do not move the sofa by pushing, pulling, dragging or lifting by the armrests. Carefully lift from the base when moving it around the home and never drag.

  • Do not sit on the arms and/or the back of the sofa. This causes premature wear and may distort the padding under the leather.

  • Do not jump or throw yourself onto the sofa.

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