Furniture Care

Look after your leather - Prevent premature aging, scratches & other marks.

With the right care, leather improves with age, providing many years of enjoyable use.

To avoid premature aging and penetrating stains, it is important to clean and protect your leather regularly. Guardsman® Leather Cleaner removes dirt and surface grime whilst Guardsman® Leather Protector creates an invisible barrier that protects leather from spills. Cleaning and protecting your leather on a bi-monthly basis will keep your leather fresh and clean whilst protecting it against damaging stains.

Though leather is tough, it can be scratched. It is important to do whatever you can to prevent scratching leather becuase once a scratch happens, only a professional technician can repair it. One of the greatest threats to leather upholstery is from objects that are harder than the leather itself. 

What not to use on leather upholstered furniture

Baby Wipes - It is often assumed as baby wipes are used to safely remove dirt and food from babies, they can also be used on leather. Unfortunately this is not the case, due to the chemical makeup of baby wipes, they can remove the protective coating from leather.

The main difference between skin and leather is the porous nature of leather, meaning spills are more likely to absorb the leather, causing stains often to an irreversible extent.

Research has shown that leather that has been cleaned with baby wipes is more prone to staining than leather which is cleaned and protected with specialist leather products, such as Guardsman's Leather Cleaner and Protector

Damage Prevention

Pets—Cats jumping up on leather furniture often leave claw marks, and more than a few pet owners have been horrified to find marks left by a teething puppy!  If pets are allowed on the furniture, it’s a good idea to place a blanket where they lay. A comfy pet cushion near a sofa is another good option for keeping your pet happy--and your furniture in good condition!

Clothing and shoes—Metal parts on clothing such as buttons and studs on jeans and belt buckles can also damage leather furniture. Most clothing won’t harm leather, but before sitting down it’s always good to stop and think whether anything you are wearing might leave a mark.

Moving of Furniture—Whether you’re moving furniture to a new home, or across the room, always remember to lift rather than pull. Dragging can stretch and damage leather upholstery. Also, be careful not to run leather furniture along walls as you move it. Textured finishes on plaster and drywall can easily scratch leather. And, be careful not to squeeze too tightly through door frames as that can be especially tough on any upholstery.

Kids—It’s impossible to prevent every mishap, but it’s important to discourage standing and jumping on furniture. Aside from the risk of leaving a scratch or gouge, this can damage the frame, as well.