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How do you care for leather furniture?

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For new leather furniture, use a leather protector to help the furniture to last longer. Leather protector can either be professionally applied or bought and applied at home. After that, apply a leather conditioner every six to 12 months, and make sure to clean up spills as soon as possible.

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Avoid using soaps and detergents on leather furniture, because they pull the oils out of the leather and make it dry and brittle. Applying oil after using soaps does not help, because it stains the leather. If something is spilled on leather furniture, blot it up quickly with a clean cloth. For grease and oil spills, use baking powder or talcum powder to soak up the spill. If a stain remains, use leather-furniture cleaner. Leather furniture should also be kept out of direct sunlight. Direct sunlight dries out the leather and fades the color. Avoid placing leather furniture near heating vents and radiators as well. Make sure to regularly dust leather furniture, as well as vacuuming in the cracks and under the seats. Keeping the leather clean makes it last longer. Light scratches in the leather can be buffed out with a chamois or clean fingers; if the scratch persists, a little distilled water on the scratch might help.

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