Leather couches are one of the greatest and most important pieces of furniture you can buy. After all, your couch is usually one of the first things visitors see when they enter your house, so it’s of vital importance to not only buy the perfect couch for you, but to maintain that couch for its long life.
Although leather couches are the perfect choice for many people, there are a few myths that keep people from buying or even looking at them. The first myth is that they’re ultra-expensive. While you certainly can find outrageously priced leather couches, you can also find very reasonable prices if you know where to look. The second myth is that leather couches just don’t last very long. Well I am here to tell you that a leather couch can last just as long- if not longer than any other piece of furniture you have- as long as you take proper care of your couch that is.
Where to find your sofa
At first you may be tempted to check second hand stores and local listings on sites like Craigslist, but I would urge you to avoid these. The reasoning is that you have no idea how old that couch may be, how well it was maintained, or what could be lurking beneath the cushions (bed bugs-anyone?). I would also warn against stores with advertisements like “Liquidation Sale- 70% Off!” because often times, these “sales” last forever, and the “discounted” price you thought you were getting is actually the retail price for that piece.
Instead I would urge you to find a quality, local supplier of furniture in your home town. Often times, these people are extremely dedicated to their community and really care about finding their customers the perfect piece of furniture, instead of just trying to make a sale. My favorite furniture store to visit is Virginia Wayside Furniture in Richmond, VA. They have a HUGE variety of couches and other furniture to choose from and are dedicated to serving our community- and I hope you have a similar furniture store in your home-town.
How to care for your leather couch
Once you’ve found the perfect couch and got it to your living room, you need to keep in mind that caring for your leather couch is very important to making it last as long as possible. With good care, a quality leather couch could last for 15+ years.
First off, you should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to clean your couch, but here are a few additional things to keep in mind. To remove loose dirt, regular vacuuming is an easy and quick way to do so. For a more detailed clean, basic soaps should do the trick- but make sure to never use harsh cleaning chemicals like bleach on your leather couch!
If a spill occurs, be sure to clean it up as soon as you possibly can. Leather is extremely porous and if you don’t take care of spills, they will penetrate your couch and can leave an unsightly stain forever. You should also apply leather conditioner every quarter to protect the natural leather sheen of your couch.
If you’re ever in doubt about what to do to clean your couch, you should seek out professional upholstery cleaners in your area. Sahara Chem-Dry specializes in upholstery cleaning as well as carpet cleaning and I would guess that you have a local Chem-Dry that offers the same services.
You should be sure to protect your leather sofa from regular direct sunlight. Harmful UV rays can and will develop cracks in your leather if you’re not careful to watch out for this. Blinds are an easy way to ensure your couch stays out of the sun’s harmful UV rays.
And lastly, you should protect your leather sofa from any pets in your home. We all love to cuddle up to our pets, but the best way to keep your leather couch from developing scrapes and scars, are by deterring your pets from laying on them.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this article on how to find and care for your leather couch. Happy furniture hunting!