Vacuum the surface of your furniture regularly with the upholstery attachments of your vacuum cleaner.
Avoid direct sunlight as it can cause the fabrics to fade.
Loose cushions should be flipped and rotated frequently for even wear and to prolong their resiliency.
All spills should be cleaned immediately, start by blotting the spill using a clean, absorbent cloth. If stain remains, please follow the care instructions below based on the Cleaning Code associated with your particular upholstery fabric.
Wipe the leather furniture down regularly with a clean, dry cloth. The basic care routine for leather upholstery is simply wiping the furniture down with a dry cotton cloth. This will remove dust from the leather and keep it looking its best.
Vacuum dust and debris from the furniture's crevices. Just as with any other piece of upholstered furniture, the best way to remove the dust and debris that gradually builds up in crevices and under cushions is by using your vacuum's hose attachment. No special precautions are necessary when vacuuming leather furniture.
Apply a leather conditioner regularly. The most notable difference between caring for leather versus fabric upholstery is the need to condition the leather. Leather conditioners are products that have a creamy consistency and are designed to be buffed into the leather. Conditioning the leather regularly keeps it from drying out and developing cracks.
Leather conditioner can be purchased from many furniture stores. It is also available at auto parts stores, where it is sold for conditioning leather car interiors.
Application guidelines will vary from product to product. In general, you should expect to condition your leather furniture once every 6 to 12 months.
Clean spills immediately with a dry cloth. When anything is spilled onto the leather upholstery, wipe it away as soon as possible. Use a dry cloth or sponge to absorb as much of the spilled liquid as possible, only resorting to a moistened cloth if necessary. Use as little water as possible to clean the spill, and wipe the area dry afterward.
Avoid soaking the leather in water or soap. Unlike fabric upholstery, leather should never be cleaned by prolonged soaking in soap or water. Doing this can damage the leather even more than the initial stain you are trying to remove.
Avoid using any cleaning products not designed for leather. Detergents, solvents, all-purpose cleaning sprays, ammonia, bleach, and furniture polish can all be harmful to leather furniture. Do not apply these products in an attempt to clean the furniture or remove stains. Rely on dry towels or sponges as much as possible.
Buff small scratches in the leather with a microfiber cloth. Because leather is made from animal hide, it can occasionally dry out and develop small cracks and scratches. These scratches can be coaxed into healing themselves, however. All you need to do is buff them gently with a microfiber cloth until their appearance fades.
Keep leather furniture out of direct sunlight. Note that intense, direct sunlight can cause the leather to dry out and fade in color. Try to keep your leather furniture positioned away from windows where it will be exposed to the sun, instead of using fabric-upholstered furniture in those locations.
FEATHER & DOWN CARE AND MAINTENANCE:
Feathers and down are among the most comfortable materials for sofa cushions and last a long time. Generally, the pillows and back cushions might be filled with feathers, while the main cushions usually are made with a foam core for extra support, then wrapped in layers of down and feathers. For easier maintenance, seek down sofas with removable, washable covers or slipcovers. Maintenance also is easier with down sofas featuring fabrics such as corduroy, microfiber or cotton.
Frequently fluff the cushions to help them retain their shape. Feather cushions tend to sink with time and can appear untidy. Turn the cushions over and shake them to redistribute the feathers evenly throughout the cushion. Plump them with your hands and set them back in place. Brush your hands over them to smooth them.
Clean the upholstery as directed by the manufacturer. If the sofa has removable cushion covers, wash them in cold water on a gentle cycle if the care tag permits water cleansing. Zip the covers closed before washing. Dry them on a low setting to avoid shrinking. If the covers cannot be washed and dried in a machine, spot clean them with an upholstery cleaner or use a dry cleaning solvent.
Blot up spills immediately. Remove the covers if the spill permeates the upholstery, and lay clean paper towels or cloths on the cushions. Spray the area with a household cleaner for food and drink spills and blot again. Spray the area with an enzymatic cleaner for urine, vomit or feces stains. An enzymatic cleaner breaks down the soil and removes odors. Dry the cushions thoroughly before replacing the covers.
Lay the cushions outdoors on a clean, dry surface for a few hours every six months. Avoid placing them in direct, bright sunlight because this will bleach the fabric. Airing out the cushions also will help remove any odors that might have built up. Occasionally spray the couch with a fabric freshener as well.