Leather furniture is an investment, so good maintenance is important. Here are some do’s and don’ts for getting your leather to age well:
Water is the safest option for regular cleaning, and not a lot of it. Too much water can warp the lacquer. If you do choose to polish your piece, avoid silicone-based polishes and pick up a specialty cream polish designed for lacquered pieces specifically, do not try to create your own or use a substitute. This is a really expensive finish to repair. It is also recommended to test the product first in a hidden area, and you also need to consider whether the product has a high polish or if it is slightly matted, which will affect the polish you choose.
A flat,optical cloth is your best bet. Not only can this polish and shine without any product (and only slightly dampened), it cannot cling on to small pieces of debris which can scratch.
Dusting often with the optical cloth is best for this very delicate finish. Apply gentle pressure so that you are not buffing off any sheen. Work in the direction of the grain (if it is showing) and use an ‘S’ pattern to remove dust starting at the top and working your way to the bottom. If you encounter fingerprints or a smudge, dampen the cloth slightly and gently polishing in a gentle circular motion to remove fingerprints and spots.
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Wood veneer is a thin sheet of natural wood that covers the surface of some types of furniture. It provides the look of hardwood furniture without the high cost. The durability of wood veneer varies depending on the type of wood it’s made from, and it requires gentle care to preserve the finish. Clean it with mild products and avoid the use of wax or oil-based polishes to prevent buildup. Keep wood veneer furniture out of direct sunlight to prevent fading and use beverage coasters to prevent water damage.
Dampen a cotton or microfiber cloth with water and wring it out. Wipe the wood veneer, following the direction of the wood grain, to remove any light dust, debris or residue. Wipe the veneer with a dry cotton or microfiber cloth to dry it.
Remove tough dirt or residue from wood veneer with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of oil soap or mild soap flakes with 2 cups of warm water. Dip a cotton or microfiber cloth into the solution and wring it out. Wipe the wood veneer in small sections to clean it thoroughly.
Rinse the cloth thoroughly with water and wring it out. Wipe the wood veneer with the cloth to remove any soap residue. Dry the wood veneer with a clean, dry cloth.
Dust wood veneer regularly with a dry, soft cloth to keep it looking its best.
For quick cleaning, spray wood veneer with a light layer of non-ammonia glass cleaner and wipe it with a paper towel.