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Leather Furniture Care and Maintenance

When it comes time to pull the trigger on almost any purchase for around the home, there is frequently one nagging question that must be answered. As a culture, it is our litmus test almost to a man. Before the credit card is handed over, one must always answer this inevitable question: “Is it easy to clean?”

When one understands leather furniture care and maintenance, shopping becomes a great deal less troublesome. In fact, leather is so easy to maintain that buying leather furniture can be a care free, pleasurable experience. So, let’s debunk some misconceptions and provide some much needed information so that you can make a prudent decision when making your next furniture purchase.

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The Cost of Leather Furniture Care & Maintenance

First, let’s address the elephant in the room. Many people assume that leather furniture cost more to buy and maintain. In fact, leather may actually cost you less. Here’s why. When you purchase a fabric sofa, you often must have the fabric treated so that it becomes stain resistant.

By its very nature, leather will resist most spills and can easily be wiped up. No fuss, no muss as they say.

Instead of springing for expensive stain treatment, leather requires only that you wipe your furniture down every 6 to 12 months with a leather conditioner. Occasional dry-cloth dusting can help to keep your leather sofa or chair beautiful for years to come.

In short, leather treatment is simple and inexpensive.

Tips for Leather Furniture Care & Maintenance

Here are a few quick and simple things you can do to ensure that your leather furniture stays in tip-top shape:

Wipe up spills immediately, if possible.

Don’t use soap on your leather furniture. When wiping up a stain, use a water-wet cloth if necessary but refrain from using soap as it may damage your leather.

Don’t use cleaning oils or abrasive cleaners. Using an abrasive cleaner is the easiest way to scar your leather furniture’s surface.

Don’t subject your leather furniture to intense, direct sunlight. Just like with your skin, too much sunlight can damage your leather.

The Final Step: Visit Your Local Bassett Showroom

Having established whether leather furniture is right for you, the time has come to head directly to your nearest Bassett showroom.  Once there, you’ll have dozens of furniture styles, colors and materials to choose from. Compare fabric furniture to leather and feel the differences. 

If you don’t know where that is, use this handy store locator. Then, see a Bassett design consultant and enjoy the shopping experience!

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