TAKING CARE OF LEATHER AND BUYING THE BEST SOFA
Leather lounges represent luxury and can be a statement piece in your home. To keep leather looking it’s best it does however need to be cared for. Leather is a skin and just like our skin it should be cleaned and moisturised. Oils from our own hands, dust and dirt from the environment can all damage leather.
Regularly dusting and wiping leather with a damp (not dripping wet) cloth helps to protect the leather. Use leather cleaners that have natural ingredients. Vacuuming with the soft brush attachment is also recommended to remove dirt and debris that may accumulate in crevices, around the buttons or under the cushions. Moisturise your leather twice a year to keep the leather soft and supple and help protect it from the environment. If your sofa is near a fireplace or in a sunny room the leather will need to be moisturised more often. Non-toxic moisturisers with natural ingredients can be purchased from most quality furniture stores.
For minor liquid stains, quickly soak up the spill by carefully blotting up the liquid with a clean white cloth. Let the area air-dry. If a liquid or other substance leaves a stain or water mark it is recommended that you contact a professional cleaning service.
Selecting a new sofa? Sound easy?
There’s so much more to consider than the comfort and colour when choosing a new sofa. Here are a few tips.
1. SIZE MATTERS
One of the biggest mistakes people make is choosing a sofa that is too big or too small for their room. Wide armed sofas are not a good chose for smaller rooms, they waste space and make the area look crowded. Make sure you measure your space and allow enough space to walk past and around the sofa. Also consider window heights and door openings.
One sofa may cost more than another, but consider how often you will use it and the cost to replace it! Investing a little bit more for a better quality sofa, which will last, will make sense.
It’s worth taking a moment to consider you needs. Fabric or leather? Then what colour? That crisp white fabric sofa may look great in the showroom, but how will it be after your six-year old child jumps all over it? Leather can be easier to clean and may be a good choice if you want a lighter-looking sofa. Fabric can be cosier and comes in patterns and plains.
Does your living room have a beachy look, an eclectic or Hampton style, or is it more industrial? The design and style of your sofa can set the mood or break it, so consider the style of sofa you want. Is it sleek and modern? Does it have skinny timber or metal legs, lifting off the ground creating a feeling of extra space, or does it sit low with a skirt that reaches the floor for that country look.
1. Remember you will spend hours sitting on this sofa so the most important point is that it’s comfortable.
2. If you’re renting, and may therefore move more often, consider either two smaller sofas or one modular sofa, which can be easily adapted to suit any new home layout.
3. Sofas that sit off the ground are less bulky – thin arms and skinny legs – will create the illusion that a room is larger.
4. Consider the colour of the existing floor as well as your other living room furnishings as they will all be seen together.
5. A neutral-coloured sofa with minimal or no pattern will go with most décor styles. It will also date well as your tastes and styling changes over time