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How To Clean And Maintain Leather Sofas

Leather sofas are a worthy and durable investment that looks great in your home and office, if well-maintained. However, don’t think that cleaning and maintaining leather sofas are a chore and hassle. In fact, the right maintenance routine using the following tips can help your leather sofa last a long time.

Maintain and stick to a routine

You have to maintain your sofa just as you would your floors and curtains. Start a regular cleaning regimen and stick to it and you won’t find cleaning it so difficult!

How to clean your leather sofa

The basic rule of the thumb here is ‘little-is-much’ and to clean your sofa at least once in three months. A weekly cleaning by dusting the sofa with a feather duster and sofa cloth is also more than enough. This is, in addition, to regularly turning and fluffing the cushions.

You can use the vacuum’s soft brush attachment to clean the sofa if it was used heavily during the week. But be extremely gentle on your couch and do your cleaning without using any wet clothes, harsh and ammonia-based reagents or bleach.

The best way to clean your sofa is by first vacuuming and removing all dust. Dust is abrasive, especially when it gets wet when you start cleaning with a cleaning solution. Once the dust is removed, make a cleaning solution of equal parts of vinegar or commercial leather cleaner and water.

Then soak a cleaning cloth, preferably a soft microfiber and wring it out so that it’s not wet but just damp, and use to thoroughly wipe the couch. Rinse the cloth as necessary. It’s after this is done that you use a towel to dry the couch. However don’t use any blow dryers for drying as it’s a heat source, and only dehydrates the leather.

How to condition or polish a leather sofa

It’s natural for your sofa to get dry with time. And the best way to overcome this problem and to keep your sofa shining is with regular polishing. Start by making a conditioning solution by mixing one part of vinegar to two parts linseed or flaxseed oil.

Now use a soft cloth to apply the solution to your sofa with broad and circular motions and leave it overnight. Now finish off the conditioning, and restore the couch’s shine by buffing the sofa with a dry, clean cloth. It’s more than enough to polish the sofa once in three months.

How to remove stains on leather sofas

The secret to removing stains is to quick action. While you have to wipe and not rub off stains immediately, different stains have to be taken care of in different manners.

  1. In case of mold and mildew stains, mix equal parts of water and rubbing alcohol and clean the stain by wetting a soft cloth in the cleaning solution.
  2. In case of stains caused by ink and permanent markers, use aerosol hairspray to remove the marker stains and eucalyptus oil or rubbing alcohol to remove ink stains.
  3. You need a paste mixing together equal amounts of lemon juice and cream of tartar to remove dark colored stains from a light colored couch. Rub this paste onto the stains, leave for ten minutes, and then rub some more of the paste on the stain. Wipe off using a damp sponge.
  4. Removing grease stains is not very difficult as you just have to put some baking soda on the grease. The stain disappears when you dust off the powder after a while as the powder lifts the stain with it.
  5. Professional cleaners are best called to remove any stubborn stains. They have the know-how and equipment to remove stubborn stains without damaging your couch.

How to eliminate unpleasant smells from leather sofas

Leather tends to absorb strong smells like cigarette smoke and pet odors. While nothing can be done about this natural tendency, you can at least prevent it by wiping the sofa with a soft cloth dabbed in some baby oil.

It leaves your sofa smelling fresh, and preserves the leather. Though there are various cleaning products specifically meant for preventing and eliminating the strongest smells, always do a spot test on a small patch of the sofa before use.

Additional maintenance tips

  • Always keep your sofa away from sunlight and other heat sources. Heat isn’t good for it as the sofa loses its color and starts cracking because the heat makes it dry. So keep your leather sofa at least ten inches from heat sources like your air conditioner, fireplace, laptops, heating ventilators and even hot cups of beverages. It helps preserve the leather’s moisture and its surface properties.
  • Be careful while sleeping, sitting and using the sofa because cosmetics and hair chemicals do affect your couch layer. Even oils secreted by the neck and arms are not  good for your sofa, which is why leather couch arms usually end up looking lighter than the other parts of the sofa after time.
  • It’s advisable to keep your couch covered most of the time, especially if you have pets at home. They may not scratch your sofa, but their acidic saliva will leave your couch damaged. It’s not possible or feasible to stop your pets from using the sofa, but you can at least cover and protect the couch.
  • Quick action is the best way to get rid of stains. Remove them as soon as possible as the longer the stains remain on the sofa, the deeper it permeates into it, and gets difficult to remove. So dab off any spill immediately. Don’t wipe as wiping only spreads the spill and if it’s penetrating, a large area gets affected.
  • Protecting the sofa’s top later or top color helps prolong your sofa’s life. This is because the top later is vulnerable to soil and wear, and leads to the sofa’s quick deterioration and cracks if destroyed.
  • Always spot test cleaning solutions or reagents you plan to use on some inconspicuous part of the sofa. This is to prevent some solvents damaging your sofa.
  • Last but not least, your sofa needs regular cleaning and conditioning. Follow and maintain your fixed cleaning regimen and your leather sofa will serve you for a long time to come!
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9 Things To Consider While Buying Bar Stools

After spending so much on your bar, the finishing touch lies in buying the right bar stools that complement it well. The right bar stools are those that blend well with your bar, is comfortable for you and your guests to enjoy a few drinks and is of course, within your budget.

Finding bar stools is not a problem because there are so many types available- the problem lies in finding the right one for your bar. So if you find it difficult making a choice, here are a few factors that will help you out.

1. Style

You have to choose bar stools that fit with your home’s interior décor and style. This means that if you have a rustic style home, then wooden bar stools may complement it the best. However, if you are looking for something contemporary, then look for metal or plastic ones.

2. Backs

You have to choose your stool backs based on the look you want to create, and the level of comfort you are looking for. Backless stools are always better in case of swivel bar stools. But if you want some back support, then you can choose between low and high-back bar stools. The difference between the two is that the low back stools offer some back support and still look backless while the high-back bar stools offer maximum support.

3. Size

It’s better to opt for backless bar stools for small bars as it makes your bar area look bigger. And anyway, it’s easier to tuck backless bar stools under the bar or counter when not in use and save floor space in the process.

Then again, if you have sufficient space, then you could look for bar stools with a backrest and armrest for added support and comfort. The size of your bar area not only determines the type of bar stools you should buy, but also the number of stools that will fit behind it. Obviously a bigger area permits more stools, as long as there is sufficient space in between them.

4. Additional Features

You may be surprised to know that bar stools come with some exceptional features which go a long way at making your guests feel comfortable. For example, you have adjustable bar stools which are very useful because it’s height can be increased and decreased to accommodate your guests’ heights.

It’s great if the bar stool has a footrest so that whoever sits on the stool has someplace comfortably sit with their feet resting on it. And if you will be having parties where people interact with each other across the room then it’s better to look for swivel bar stools. This makes it easy for the person sitting on the stool to turn around and speak to others in the room.

5. Height

If you don’t plan on investing in adjustable bar stools, then you have to be careful about the height of the stools you choose. It should match your bar’s height so that your guests can comfortably rest their arms on the bar while enjoying their drinks.

Stools that are your bar height are a logical choice for standard bars however if your bar is a kitchen counter or about similar height, then shorter counter stools are a better option. If you have children around, then you may consider getting one or two short or adjustable bar stools so that they don’t feel left out.

  • Measuring the right height

Now you may wonder what the best height stool is for your bar counter. Well, this is rather easy to find out. You just have to measure from the floor to the highest point of the bar and subtract ten inches from it. This gives you the appropriate height for any bar stool you choose as it gives you enough room to comfortably sit on the stool and to also tuck it under the counter when not in use.

6. Seating material

The bar stools’ seating material is something you need to choose wisely because you have to be comfortable spending so much time sitting on the stools! Wood is the most common choice because they are durable, comfortable and look traditional.

If you are looking for something luxurious, then leather is a better material. They look rich and are of course softer to sit on. Plastic and metal carry a modern look and are a durable investment.

It’s left to you to make a selection based on the comfort and look you want. It goes without saying that whichever type of bar stool you choose; you should know to clean it. Spills and accidents are inevitable when at the bar so it’s better to choose stools you know how to clean!

7. Color patterns

Most of the bar stools come in solid colors, which isn’t surprising as it easily blends into most rooms and bars. However, this doesn’t mean you have no other choices. It’s always better to check out a few color patterns too because it is the perfect design which goes a long way at enhancing your bar’s look. If your bar is supposed to be the center of attraction, then it’s better to look for something eye-catching like a wild print pattern.

8. Flexibility

Adjustable bar stools are generally a better option if you are thinking of moving house in the future. This is because you never know where you will be shifting into next. It’s only adjustable stools that are flexible enough to easily blend and fit into and under any bar counter. All you have to do is increase or reduce the height of the stool as per the counter measurements.

9. Cost

Cost is always a factor to consider, no matter what you plan buying. Bar stools are no exceptions. So look for something in your budget as you most probably won’t be buying a single stool but should be able to afford a few stools for the bar counter.

If you were finding it difficult choosing the right bar stools for your bar counter, these factors should make it look so much easier!

 

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