“Tough as leather” is a popular saying for a reason. It’s one of the toughest and most resilient forms of upholstery out there! It can take a licking and keep on ticking in ways that many other types of upholstery just can’t handle. Unfortunately leather does have one major weakness: The Sun.
Sunlight and heat are kryptonite for leather. At Dr. Chem-Dry Carpet & Tile Cleaning, we know what it takes to keep your leather strong and stable for years to come. Keep these two rules in mind to protect your leather from the summer’s dry heat.
Avoid Direct Sunlight
Few things will ruin your leather upholstery faster than constant exposure to direct sunlight. Sunlight will cause your leather to fade over time; It can also damage it by aging and cracking the leather.When you’re arranging your furniture, try and keep your leather furniture pieces away from the sun. Don’t place them directly underneath or right in front of windows.
If you can’t avoid placing your leather pieces in sunlight, you can protect them by getting window treatments. Curtains, drapes, shutters: Anything that can completely block out sunlight will do wonders for your leather. You can also get motorized window treatments equipped with sun sensors: These treatments will automatically adjust themselves as the light changes throughout the day.
If you don’t want to keep your windows blocked off with curtains or shutters, you can also get reflective window film. These are adhered directly onto the glass and help reduce the amount of light pouring in through your windows. You can also throw a blanket or slipcover over your upholstery when you aren’t using it. These sheets will shield the leather from the harsh effects of the sun’s rays.
Keep It From Drying Up
Aside from fading, one of the other hazards that the sun poses for leather is that it can cause it to dry up. Leathers are full of natural oils whose moisture can get evaporated by the heat. When that moisture dries up, it will cause the leather to stiffen and crack.
Keeping your leather out of sunlight isn’t enough to guarantee that this won’t happen to your upholstery. The best way to keep it from drying up is to have your leather cleaned 3 to 4 times a year. Cleaning leather with the proper products will make it so that your leather’s oils stay moist and revitalized. Just be careful with what you use to clean your leather: Leather is a very porous material, and if it soaks up the wrong kind of chemicals it could end up doing more damage to your leather than the sun would.
Bringing home a new bundle of joy can be a nerve-wracking experience. Not only do you have to care for this tiny, delicate human, you’ve got to make sure that your home doesn’t hurt them… and that they don’t hurt your home. Kids can do a number on your furniture and flooring. “Baby-proof” your home by getting the right kind of upholstery.
At Dr. Chem-Dry, we know which kinds of upholstery are tough enough to take whatever your newborns and young children can dish out. Adding a new member to your family? If so, consider picking one of these three upholsteries.
Leather or fabric: Which is the fairest fabric in the land? They both have outstanding qualities and can liven up your home. But which one is right for you?
We have years of experience working with upholstery at Dr. Chem-Dry Carpet & Tile Cleaning. We’ve seen firsthand the positive and negative characteristics of fabric and leather. If you’re wondering which one is right for, check out these pros and cons. Leather vs. Fabric upholstery: Who will win?
Getting the right upholstery for your home can save you a lot of trouble in the long run. You want to have furniture that isn’t just comfortable to use but is comfortable with your lifestyle and home. If you’re off having mud runs on the weekend you probably don’t want to come home to a delicate linen-furnished home. Or if you’re the type who’d rather a fine tea party at home you probably don’t want to have a shiny leather couch in your tearoom. The ideal upholstery is practical, functional and comfortable.
Are you wondering which type of upholstery is right for your family? Let the experts at Dr. Chem-Dry Carpet & Tile Cleaning help you with that. Keep these words of wisdom in mind the next time you go shopping for a piece of furniture.
The sun is shining, your kids are playing, your pets are frolicking indoors and you are sweating bullets. All you can think about is what will happen when your dog or your baby daughter has an accident on the couch, or what you’ll do if your cat treats your ottoman as a scratching post or how to salvage your favorite leather chair from being worn out by that brilliant sunshine streaming in through the windows.
Sunlight, pets and children: Three things that make life grand! They’re also three things that will annihilate your upholstery if you’re not careful. At Dr. Chem-Dry Carpet & Tile Cleaning we know how to take care of any problems these little wonders and terrors can do to your fine furnishings. If you want to know how to protect your upholstery from your pets, your family or the sun, just follow these steps.