I was talking to Andy a few months ago about getting the local upholstery cleaners in. Our living room furniture, with the dogs jumping on and off of it, it started to look a bit too scratched and dull. I usually give it a hoover and a wipe over with fragrance free baby wipes but it was still looking a bit drab.
Leather furniture is amongst the most stylish, elegant and cool of all the home furnishings and it goes pretty well with modern style as well as the retro laid back style. Caring for the leather furniture will prolong its’ life and also keep it looking attractive. Generally, leather lasts a lot longer than most other upholstery and its’ great looks can be maintained and also improved over time. Brilliantly made leather furniture can be a great investment, and the appropriate care will go a long way in maintaining and protecting it.
Andy said that he didn’t want a service provider in because they’d probably just use chemicals and what with the dogs, he didn’t want to take any chances. So I started to look around for something we could use at home. Just by chance, the lovely people at Chambers contacted me and asked if I’d like to try their Foaming Leather Cleaner, Leather Balsam Conditioner and Leather Waterproofer. I love it when things like this happen – I swear it’s the review fairy that connects brands to us bloggers sometimes.
Anyway, I couldn’t wait for it to arrive. You can buy it on Amazon and if you’re a Prime member you’ll get it the very next day but delivery from the site is just as quick. I received a super soft cotton cloth and a small sponge to use it with and so that following weekend, we pulled the furniture away from the walls, hoovered them all and then started by spraying the foam cleaner on it. It covers quite a large area with the spray nozzle so you don’t have to keep spraying like a madman to get the chair covered. Then the foam was rubbed in with the sponge in circular movements, it bought up quite a bit of surface dirt too, much more than I usually bring up with a plain baby wipe. We then left that to dry for 5 minutes.
I then opened the conditioner balsam. This is made with beeswax, coconut, orange and jojoba oil but has no fragrance (would have loved it to smell of orange) – however you can get it in lavender or vanilla if you want a scent. As it’s jam packed with natural ingredients it’s really safe if pets come into contact with it. It’s a solid but soft enough to wipe some onto the cloth to use which you then do by rubbing it all over the leather. It’s easier to work from the back to the front but you can do it whatever way you want, there’s no hard and fast rules. Just remember to cover as much of the leather as you can. It’s then just a case of buffing it with another cloth. This made it super clean and really shiny. You could stop here though, but as Chambers also sent me the Waterproof Deep Penetrating Treatment so we finished off the chair with it.
The Waterproof Treatment is much more like a tin of hard beeswax, it’s a lot harder than the conditioner and doesn’t come out of the tin as easier, however if you just gently rub the sponge over it you get quite enough to wipe over a cushion size area. Once you’ve covered the seat, just get a hair dryer (no, I’m not going loopy) and put it on the lowest setting. By warming up the treatment it’s not only easier to spread but it helps it get deep into the leather. You have to keep the hair dryer about 6 inches away though because you don’t want to burn it but continue to wipe the cloth over it until it’s totally absorbed.
You’re then finished. It is quite a bit of work to get a whole suite done as it took an hour to finish the chair, but the shine at the end is spectacular. It made our suite look just as if it had come out of the showroom.
We haven’t managed to complete the 2 seater yet though with the waterproofer as just doing the initial 2 stages was enough for that, since it is always covered with a throw so wouldn’t get seen, but the chair now gets spruced up once a week which makes Little Pea’s day as he gets to help his Dad by trying to grab the cloth out of his hands. I guess it’s a fun game for both of them but as long as the job gets done, I don’t mind at all.