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How To Condition Leather Furniture

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Leather furniture can last for decades if properly taken care of. Prolong the life of your piece by using this simple, all-natural leather conditioner.

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What You Need

Materials

  • Vinegar
  • Linseed oil
  • Essential oil (optional)

Tools

  • Jar with a lid or spray bottle
  • Microfiber cloth

Instructions

  1. Wipe down your leather furniture to be sure it is dust-free in preparation for the conditioning treatment.

2. Mix 1 part vinegar with 2 parts linseed oil in a jar with a lid. Close the lid and shake vigorously. (I added a few drops of lemongrass essential oil at this step because I’m not too fond of the linseed oil smell.)

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3. Dip your rag in the mixture and start to work the oil into the leather. I worked in small, circular motions on each section of my piece. Let the conditioning treatment soak into the leather for 8-10 hours.

4. Once the leather has had a chance to absorb the oil, buff with a clean microfiber towel.

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In the photo above, the left side has been conditioned, the right has not.

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15 Absolutely Gorgeous Living Room Designs With Leather Furniture

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There is nothing like walking into a well designed room, especially when they feature leather furniture. The old leather sofa that has been lying around for decades, could actually be considered as a primary room feature with a little it of leather restoration work. The San Diego Leather Repair market is growing quickly. Have you got some old leather furniture that could use a make over? Let us take a look at it!

How appropriate then, for us to share an article from Topinspirations.com about 15 absolutely gorgeous living room designs with leather furniture:

Each room in our home is carefully designed down to the smallest detail. Notable elements in almost every room are sofa pillows, plants, rugs, beautiful coffee tables and wall art. The same is with the living room. So if you are looking for some remarkable detail for the living room you may consider including leather furniture. To give you an idea of what’s possible with leather furniture for your living room, here you have 15 absolutely gorgeous living room designs with leather furniture.

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When you’re trying to make your home as luxurious as it can be, you’re looking for furniture pieces with personality and ones that have that feel. That’s why so many homeowners go for leather furniture in their living rooms. The leather furniture gives an accent on the whole living room and its design.

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When it comes to furniture, you don’t have to go all leather. Instead, you could go with a leather sofa, balancing it out with dark red upholstered chairs. If you’re looking for a simple and classy way to separate your living room area in an open-concept space, consider using a leather sectional in the living room.

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It is not recommendable going leather on leather with your living room furniture, it’s always advisable to include pieces that add an accent of color to the space. So include some leather furniture elements but limit the presence of leather because you don’t want to create a boring atmosphere. The balance of color achieved in this living room design with leather furniture is nothing short of gorgeous.


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The advantage of leather furniture is that it can work in any kind of living room design, from something classic to something modern. And if you want to make a change in the living room décor including leather furniture is a very good option.


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5 TIPS TO CARING FOR LEATHER FURNITURE

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Benjamin Franklin once said: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” If your leather furniture is not yet at the point where it needs a leather repair service or a leather restoration, there might still be a few things you can do to keep it looking new. Siddysays wrote an awesome article with some useful tips on how you can care for your leather furniture:

Simple, timeless, classy–Leather furniture is one thing that doesn’t ever go out of style. The subtle grace it brings to the room goes well with both a modern look or a classic room.

No matter how great it looks, it needs a lot of love and care. A worn out leather sofa can look way uglier than an upholstered one which is why it needs that tad bit extra pampering.

To get some insight on how to look after our leather chairs and couches, we turned to our usual furniture experts Dolce Vita Home.

1. Vacuum cleaning and dry cloth

Depending on the usage and which part of the house the leather furniture is, it must be cleaned once a week at least with a dry cloth. Use a vacuum cleaner to thoroughly clean the corners and creases of the furniture. Make sure to dry it instantly if you spill any liquids on the leather furniture.

2. Keep the furniture away from a hot spot and sharp edges

Whether its close to a fire place or in a spot that gets direct sunlight, heat can damage the leather. Keep the leather piece away from too much heat. Not to be used outdoors since leather is made of animal skin, and too much heat and light will damage the texture.

Keep those scissors, knives and paper cutters away from that piece of furniture–they can do irreparable damage.

3. Use leather conditioners

Pick a mild conditioner and use it once every six months. Do not over use these as they are made of chemicals and too much usage can be detrimental.

4. Keep clear of detergents

As most of the cleaning detergents have soap it can dry up the surface of the furniture. Do not use anything with ammonia as it can bleach and fade the shade of your favorite furniture.

5. Look after your favorite spot

We all have that one chair or sofa we sit in to watch TV, use our laptop, read a book or talk over the phone. A more frequently used spot is more likely to age sooner, so make sure you shift places or look after a particular spot closely.

There you have them, simple yet effective ways of keeping your leather furniture looking new!

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