There are advantages to both real and fake leather furniture. While they look the same at first glance, there are some important differences in cleaning these kind of upholstery that every leather (or pleather) furniture owner should know. Our upholstery cleaning services in Kansas City, Olathe, and Overland Park, KS are customized for every type of upholstered furniture, including leather.
Sometimes caring for your leather or faux leather furniture can be tricky, but with the right methods, you can maintain the longevity of either kind of upholstery.
Dust or vacuum both: Both leather and faux leather have pretty resilient-seeming surfaces, but they are both still slightly porous. Dirt can easily get ground into the upholstery if not gently and regularly removed.
Spot clean leather: Leather is one of those tricky materials, like hardwood floors, where less is actually more. You don’t want to use too much water or too harsh of a cleaning solution on your leather as it can cause drying and cracking. Clean only the areas that are dirty or stained with a soft cloth and water or a mild detergent.
Wash faux leather and rinse: Faux leather is more durable against cleaning solutions and water. You can wash the furniture all over with a mild detergent, but make sure to completely rinse the upholstery with warm water and a clean sponge. Don’t forget to get in all the cracks and clean all of the soap from the faux leather surface.
Cleaning mold and mildew: For tricky stains and mold, you can use rubbing alcohol (sparingly!) on your faux leather furniture. For real leather, however, this method is too harsh. Instead, use a vinegar and water solution sprayed on the moldy areas. Don’t wipe these solutions on either upholstery because you could grind the mold spores and stains deeper into the surface. Instead dab or let the spot dry.
Conditioning: Use a leather conditioner regularly to keep your real leather upholstery from cracking. Use a silicon-based spray to polish and condition your faux leather furniture.
Sometimes stains can be trickier than these DIY methods can handle. Fire damage and water damage pose specific cleaning challenges for the upholstered furniture in your home. For all upholstery cleaning needs in Kansas City, MO, you can call ServiceMaster DSI. Our professionals are well-versed in cleaning a variety of fabrics and retuning your furniture to beautiful condition.