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WHY DOES LEATHER NEED REGULAR CLEANING AND CARE?

For leather to retain its attractiveness, its wonderfully soft feel and its natural look in the long term, it needs help from us in the form of regular cleaning followed by treating it with essential active moisture and care substances. As robust as the material may be: every now and again you will need to clean your leather sofa if you want to keep it looking like new.

Leather can no longer regenerate itself and is reliant on effective care from outside. It can only absorb this if its pores are first cleaned thoroughly to remove particles of dirt. Without care from us, leather quickly loses its beauty through everyday use, it gets dirty, dries out or fades. To clean a leather sofa with optimum results, for instance, there are various leather care productswith are matched specifically to the needs of each particular type of leather.

EVERY TYPE OF LEATHER NEEDS ITS OWN PARTICULAR KIND OF CARE!

Because the different types of leather differ widely in terms of their material properties, cleaning and care must be tailored to the leather's particular needs. And why?

Lovers of leather, for example, value open-pored, breathable aniline leather as a wonderfully soft and tactile covering material. Yet it is precisely this naturalness that makes aniline leather extremely vulnerable which means it needs intensive care. To get aniline leather through the rigours of everyday use, it needs to be remoisturised, re-fattened impregnated and protected from light.

In contrast to this, the surface of pigmented, covered leather is provided with a protective coating of dye. As a result, these leathers are very easy to look after and clean, making them ideal for everyday use. The right leather cream gives this leather plenty of moisture and less re-fattening, light protection and antioxidants for a long life.

 

THE ABC OF PROPER LEATHER CARE

 

  • Just as our own skin, leather is cleaned first and then nourished. Because the leather can only absorb the active care substances properly if its pores are free of dirt. This is why "all-in-one" care products are not particularly suitable for the regular care of high-quality leather furniture. All you are likely to do, is work the dirt into the leather with them.
  • Leather needs moisture to prevent it from drying out. For this reason, occasionally wipe your leather furniture with the KERALUX® Staubfix product or another damp, soft cloth. This way, you will remove house dust deposits and also remoisturise it.
  • When cleaning your leather sofa, never use microfibre cloths as they can be harmful to the leather surface.
  • To clean your leather, always remember to use distilled water to avoid unsightly lime stains.
  • Intensely coloured garments (e.g. dark denim), fashionable cushions, blanket and similar items can discolour the leather. This is where red accessories are particularly "dangerous". Protect light leather either with KERALUX® intensive protection or avoid any contact of this type.
Feuchtigkeit

Avoid too much moisture

  • Too much moisture can damage leather furniture. Never clean your furniture too wet but only "damp-wipe". The internal frame is often made of wood and, just like other internal materials, reacts to excessive moisture, e.g. by becoming unstable or spotted with mildew (fungal attack).
  • The recommended indoor climate for leather furniture has a rel. air humidity of 45-50 % and room temperature of 18-20°C.
Licht
  • Please avoid too much direct light. Sunlight and artificial light can lighten the leather's colour and dry it out.
Heizung
  • Too much heat damages leather covers. For this reason, leather furniture should stand at least 30 cm from radiators.
  • Leather furniture standing directly in front of a heat source should have sufficient floor clearance for fresh air to circulate and prevent any heat build-up.

 

Haustiere
  • Pets, zip fasteners and pointed objects can cause irreparable damage to the surface of leather. It is best to avoid any contact with them.
Button Fleck
  • This is the correct way to treat stains:
Take IMMEDIATE action! In the case of beverage stains, for example, gently soak up the liquid with a paper towel (kitchen roll). Then clean with the appropriate KERALUX® cleaner. Do not apply pressure or the stain will get into the leather. You will find further information in our KERALUX® stain removal guide.

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