If you want to invest in really high quality ranch furniture, that means you’re probably interested in leather upholstery. Perhaps you’ve heard that leather is a finicky material and won’t stand up well to regular use. In fact, the opposite is true. Leather is highly durable and can last for decades with proper care. Obviously, you’ll want to use the furniture indoors to keep it out of the rain and prevent mildew. If you place your leather furniture away from direct light (or install UV blocking window glass), you can avoid rapid fading of the material as well.
Leather Ages Gracefully
You can expect leather to change color and texture with age. This includes getting some spots that are worn nicely smooth from friction and pressure where you sit or rest your arms and back against the upholstery. Think of this like wearing in a pair of jeans. You see some changes in the fabric but that just means it is getting more comfortable and gaining character.
Care for Your Leather
Our leather ranch furniture is color corrected and finished with an acrylic top coat to protect the dye and help limit scratches while keeping the leather supple. It also makes your furniture easy to care for.
- •Wipe it down with a soft cloth when you dust your other furniture.
- •Use a crack and crevice cleaner attachment on your vacuum to clean the creases between the cushions (don’t forget to check for loose change).
- • If the leather does get a light scratch, you can typically buff it out with a chamois cloth.
- • If liquid spills on the leather, wipe it up immediately.
- • Never use soap and water to try to get stains out. Use a professional leather stain removal product according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
If you want to keep your leather furniture in tip-top shape, you may wish to use a leather conditioning product on the upholstery a few times per year. Here’s a simple tutorial that describes the process. Always spot test a hidden part of the furniture before you do the whole piece – and remember to ventilate the area well!