Hanley’s team of friendly and professional sales staff have put together 18 fantastically helpful tips to help you care for your sofa.
How To Take Care Of Your Leather Sofa
Sofas in sunny rooms and homes with pets require more frequent maintenance. Stains require a speedy clean-up. Despite its perceived durability, leather can be easily stained. Leather can fade from continuous contact with bodily oils.
Likewise, hair products and hand cream can easily stain leather sofas. Damage can be prevented by regular cleaning.
Use conditioners when cleaning your leather sofa. This will ensure the leather stays soft and supple. The conditioner will moisturize the surface and keep it looking fresh. Leather should be cleaned and conditioned four times a year.
Bonded leather does not require a conditioner. Generally wiping the surface with a damp cloth is sufficient.
How To Care For Your Cushions
Light pressure marks may appear on some fabrics with a pile. These are easily removed by lightly brushing towards the pile.
Cushions on a new sofa will be firm at first but will soften with time. This is natural and not a fault. Maintain their appearance and comfort by regularly turning the cushions over. Extend the life of your cushions by rotating their placement on the sofa.
Likewise, back cushions should be plumped out and rotated on a regular basis. It is natural for leather cushions to form creases where fillings flex and move. This is not a design fault.
How To Care For Your Sofa’s Upholstery
Vacuum surfaces covered in fabric using the brush attachment. A lint roller is also ideal for maintaining fabric sofas.
Cotton, silk, linen and other natural fabrics are more prone to fading compared to synthetic fabrics such as acrylic and polyester.
What You Need To Know About Leather Sofas
Over time leather tends to stretch. The end result is a loose fitting seat over cushions and the back of surfaces. Leather is a natural product and as such unique differences in colour and texture can be expected. In some instances insect bites and scars may be visible
Keep caustic substances such as bleach, salts, ammonia and hair products away from leather furniture.
If a sofa comes with a fifth centre support leg, make sure it is screwed in tight. When weight is applied to the middle of the sofa the leg will ensure structural integrity is maintained.
Try to keep animals and children from climbing on leather sofas. Cuts and tears are the end result. Buckles and sharp objects should be kept away from leather sofas were possible.
Sitting on the end of recliner footrests and opened sleep sofas can break the sofa. Body weight needs to be dispersed over the surface of the sofa.
Ensure screw-in legs are regularly tightened. Do not drag or push leather sofas when moving furniture as this can damage the sofa as well as the floor. Lift the sofa instead.
How To Clean Your Sofa
Use water only when cleaning light stains and never rub a fabric. It’s better to wipe a stain gently working from the outer edge to stop the stain from spreading.
Guidelines for cleaning your sofa can be found on the accompanying hangtag. Hanley’s Furniture always recommends using a professional cleaning service where possible as the end result can vary depending on the choice of cleaning products.