You Should Always Hire Leather Cleaning Services

If you own or are shopping for leather furniture, keep in mind the maintenance it requires and find professional leather cleaning services to provide proper care for your investment.  Many homeowners attempt to maintain their leather furniture themselves and end up damaging it.

There are many leather cleaning products sold in retail stores that claim to clean and protect leather.  Rubbing alcohol and vinegar are ingredients typically found in them, and many believe that these chemicals have restorative properties. This cannot be further from the truth. These ingredients may actually strip the leather’s finish, which will result in the hide drying. Drying out can lead to shrinkage and cracking.

One thing to keep in mind is that leather used in furniture is a bit acidic, with a pH of about 4.5 to 5. Most cleaners are highly alkaline. So when a high-alkaline cleaner is used on leather furniture, a chemical reaction occurs that breaks down the leather and causes it to harden.  It’s important to use pH balanced cleaners on your leather furniture.

One of the worst things to use is saddle soap.  Obviously saddle soap is made for use with saddles, which are thicker, hard-conditioned leather.  It can withstand saddle soap, which is designed to remove stains that accumulate from outdoor activities.  Leather used for a sofa is nowhere near as tough, nor is it made for the harsh environments saddles are accustomed to.

It’s best to find professional leather cleaning services for your furniture. Finding an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) technician will assure that your furniture will receive the best care using the most up to date techniques.  The IICRC keeps a list of certified technicians available to the consumer via their website.