Leather & Fabric Lounge Care

Things you should never do:

When moving your furniture, the temptation is there to simply drag it usually by the soft cushions. This can result in damage to your upholstery, as cushions are meant for cushioning, not moving.
Your lounge is designed for sitting, not jumping. Always avoid “falling” into your chair, as this puts undue force on all the framing.

How do I care for my fabric lounge?
Regular vacuuming on a LOW SUCTION (High suction may suck some of the fibres inside the cushion through the fabric), will help prevent the build up of dirt on the surface of the fabric.
Polyester Cushions – typically back cushions – are similar to pillow, and should be “puffed/plumped up” to maintain their shape and feel.
If a spillage occurs, you should immediately attempt to lift the spill up from the fabric, and do not let it soak in.
For spot cleaning, fabric care kits can be purchased, which contain a convenient spot cleaner. These cleaners should always be tested on an inconspicuous spot before use.
If your lounge needs a total clean, please consult a reputable Upholstery Cleaning company.
Moving your lounge - the best way is to ask for assistance and lift the lounge from the base of the frame.
How do I care for my Leather Lounge?
Below is listed the care required to maintain your leather lounge, and if followed will keep your leather looking good for many years.
           
Weekly Care
Vacuum once a week on low suction with a soft brush attachment to remove dust and lint.
Wipe your lounge over with a soft, dry cloth.
Polyester Cushions – typically back cushions – are similar to pillows and should be “puffed/plumped up” to maintain their shape and feel.
Weekly Leather Wipes: weekly wipes are only part of the maintenance required for a leather lounge. It is still important to follow the Quarterly care instructions below to ensure that the leather is cared for correctly.

            Quarterly (3 months)

leather care kit
We recommend cleaning and protecting leather every 3 months with an industry approved leather care kit, such as our Fenice Leather care kit for sealed leathers.  
*** Always test the cleaner and protector on an inconspicuous spot, and discontinue if colour is removed. ****
Most leather care kits contain clear instructions and these should be followed, but some general instructions are listed below:

  • Vacuum the leather on low suction with a soft brush attachment.
  • Load a soft sponge with some of the “Leather Cleaner”, so as a foam can be squeezed out. In a circular motion, gently clean the leather – do not rub. TIP: Leather seams should only be gently cleaned.
  • Wipe down the leather with a clean, soft cloth and water. Once dry proceed to the next step.
  • Using the supplied cloth – apply the leather protector, again in a gentle circular motion. Allow to dry before use.

What can happen if I don't look after leather?
Many people think that leather is like the old vinyl lounges in that they are impervious to substances. In fact, leather breathes, even “sealed” leathers still breathe to some extent. When leather is manufactured, it has protective coatings applied over the top of the finished hide. This protection, over time, can be reduced due to wear from abrasives such as dust, and clothes. As this protection deteriorates, it allows anything that comes in contact with the surface to penetrate the leather. Once this occurs, you will get a build up of substance eg body secretions, which will cause problems with the finished surface, typically the colour coats. The most common areas to be effected are the head rest (if it is a high back), arm rests and the chaise area (just under the back of your knees). Most of the time the problem only appears to be minor from the surface, but if the leather is turned inside out, you can see the full extent of the build up.

Quarterly use of the leather cleaner to remove dust, perspiration, and other substances that may have accumulated on the leather, along with leather protector will maintain the protective coatings which will prevent substances entering the leather, and also allow it to remain supple.