Leather is a natural material that dries out and cracks or peels if it is not cared for properly. Unlike furniture made of acrylic fibres, leather needs to be cared for on a regular basis. It is best to include this maintenance of leather furniture at least once every two weeks. In addition, following some basic steps can also reduce the likelihood of leather cracking, peeling or becoming damaged over time.
Move leather furniture away from direct sunlight. The sun can cause leather to dry out and this leads to peeling. No leather pieces should be placed where they receive direct sunlight during the day. Keep drapes closed in rooms with large or numerous windows, particularly in the afternoon when the sun is at its most intense.
Clean leather with proper leather cleaner on a weekly basis. Leather should be cleaned frequently to keep it supple and free from cracks or dryness. Use a leather cleaner or furniture polish intended for use on leather furniture. Apply it with a soft cloth that is free from any dirt particles that could scratch the leather surface.
Oil the leather every three months. Leather oil or even petroleum jelly can be applied to leather every few months to keep the surface well moisturised and free from damage. Use a soft cloth and apply a very small amount of oil to the surface. Rub it in using a circular motion. Use another dry cloth to buff the surface and remove any oil residue.
Fix any rips or cracks that occur. If leather is already aged and worn and cracks have appeared, you need to fix these immediately to discourage peeling. Use a leather repair kit and follow the instructions to repair the surface.
Things you need
- Leather cleaner
- Soft rags
- Olive oil or petroleum jelly