Leather Maintenance Try these tips for extending the life of your leather-upholstered furniture. Caring for Leather Furniture Cleaning and conditioning leather using the Peace of Mind leather products helps keep surfaces clean, soft and supple. It is recommended to clean and condition leather four times a year, more often in dry and/or sunny rooms, homes with pets and high-use rooms. Bonded leather and bi-cast leather do not need to be maintained using cleaning and protection products. Avoid allowing caustic substances to come in contact with leather furniture. Some examples of caustic substances would be chlorine from swimming pools, salts, ammonia, bleach, hair products, and animal flea and tick treatments. Leather surfaces can stretch over time, resulting in a relaxed appearance on seat cushions and the backs of seating surfaces. Sit on the cushions, not the backs and arms of sofas, chairs, etc. Sitting on backs and arms can cause structural damage. Ottomans, recliner footrests, and the end of an opened sleep sofa are not designed to hold body weight; if sat on, these pieces can break. If a (fifth) center support leg is included with a sofa, screw it into place (the middle) to maintain the structural integrity of the frame. Often, the center support leg is suspended ½" above the floor, making contact with the floor as weight is applied to the sofa. Maintain screw-in legs by tightening when needed. Do not over-tighten! Move leather furniture by lifting it. Dragging or pushing furniture can damage furniture and floors. To reduce the movement of upholstery and sectional pieces on hardwood floors, place furniture cups with rubber bottoms under the legs. Cushion Care and Expectations New seat cushions can feel 'firmer'. To accelerate the softening process, carefully walk barefoot on the cushions on a hardwood floor. In time, as they are used, cushions will soften, and can become compressed. Regular flipping and rotating the seat cushions will help maintain their appearance, plus maximize performance and comfort. Like rotating tires on a car, rotating the placement of seat cushions will extend the life of the cushions. Redistribute the fill in back cushions to help maintain the shape and improve comfort. Understanding and Maintaining the Appearance of Leather As leather is a natural product, differences in color, texture and unique characteristics are to be expected. Scarring, insect bites and wrinkles can be visible on all leather furniture. Cleaning and conditioning leather using the Peace of Mind leather products helps keep surfaces clean, soft and supple. The Peace of Mind conditioner, when used in tandem with the cleaner, re-moisturizes surfaces and helps keep them looking their best. It is recommended to clean and condition leather four times a year, more often in dry and/or sunny rooms, homes with pets, and high-use rooms. Leather is not stain-proof. Quickly blotting spills from leather surfaces helps prevent stains from setting. Care should be taken to avoid caustic substances from coming in contact with leather furniture. Caustic substances can cause fading, cracking, peeling and discoloration. Some examples of caustic substances would be chlorine from swimming pools, salts, ammonia, bleach, hair products, and animal flea and tick treatments. Body and hair oil from people and pets can discolor and stain leather. Hand cream, hair styling products can be absorbed by leather surfaces, resulting in a stain. Regular cleaning and conditioning with the Peace of Mind products can reduce damage from surface spills, body and hair oil, and cosmetic creams and lotions. Odors: That "Leather Smell" New leather furniture often has a unique odor. A variety of oils and waxes are used in processing leather that adds to the "leather smell". The odor is not harmful, and will dissipate in a short amount of time. Air out the room by opening doors and windows if possible to reduce the smell of the new furniture. Using dryer sheets, or coffee grinds in an open container, near the furniture can help neutralize any odors. Pets and Leather Furniture: Maintenance is Key! Regular cleaning and conditioning with the Peace of Mind leather care products is especially important in homes with pets. Please keep in mind that damage caused by pets is not covered by either the manufacturer or the Uniter's warranties. Without care, animal skin and hair oil can roughen and discolor leather surfaces. Regular use of the Peace of Mind leather products will help maintain the appearance of leather. If pets are allowed to lie on leather surfaces, quickly wiping the cushions with a damp (not wet!) cloth can help remove caustic oils. Unfortunately, some cats will claw leather furniture, just as they claw fabric furniture. Cats can be attracted by the smell of the oils used in leather furniture production. Cats can puncture leather with claws as they jump off, leaving small holes in the surface.