LEATHER CLEANING THE CAREFUL, NATURAL WAY
35% OF ALL UPHOLSTERY SOLD IN NORTH AMERICA IS LEATHER!
Some of the most valuable sofas, love seats, chairs and other furniture are covered with leather. Leather can dry out and crack over time and must be cared for using very specific treatments.
Leather is a natural material made from animal hide. Regular cleaning and replenishment of natural oils will keep leather in top condition. Even when leather is not being used on a regular basis the oils will evaporate and dry out causing the leather to crack. To keep leather soft and pliable accumulated soil on the surface must be cleaned away and the natural moisturizing oils replenished.
Rest assured when you call us, your valuable furniture will be cleaned and treated properly with the safest cleaning agents and best equipment the industry has to offer. We can explain what we are doing each step of the way.
DM Flooring Specialist Inc. has The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in leather cleaning. We are so good at leather cleaning because as a training centre, we teach proper cleaning techniques to other industry professionals!
LEATHER NEEDS YOUR HELP
By the IICRC:
What is it about leather that makes one feel like royalty when sitting on it? Could it be the look, its feel or its new leather scent? Many choose leather furniture because it is sophisticated, elegant, and warm. Whatever the appeal, most will agree, leather is one of the finest seating surfaces known to man.
Tips for Maintaining Leather Furniture
Although leather is a durable choice to cover furniture with, it is not immune to neglect or abuse; it does need attention and maintenance. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) can help keep your leather looking its best.
What can be done to maintain leather furniture?
• Leather can fade, stiffen, or crack when too close to a heat source. Try to place it away from heaters, fireplaces, even direct sunlight.
• Dirt can collect – vacuum or use a clean white slightly damp cloth to remove dust and dirt.
• For spills, immediately use a dry cloth and blot. Avoid wiping or scrubbing. The idea is to remove the moisture without spreading it.
• Leather can be scratched, punctured, or cut – avoid using sharp objects near it.
What about using soap, cleaning solvents, detergents, or “do it yourself” over-the-counter products?
These could potentially do more harm than good. The Clean Trust recommends getting a certified professional. Why? Leather comes in several types and finishes, and no two should be treated and cared for in exactly the same way. They range from pigmented leathers with a very durable finish to Nubucks that are incredibly soft and many other categories in between. Combined with the numerous types and sub-types of leather being used on furniture, it can create cleaning and care issues for consumers and professionals without proper training.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) recommends using certified professionals like DM Flooring Specialist because they are trained to recognize different types and sub-types of leather. And they can respond with customized cleaning techniques and procedures that produce the best results.
By showing it some attention and by following these IICRC recommendations leather furniture can keep looking, feeling, and smelling its best.