Buy Quality Furniture
The first step to making sure your couch will stand the test of time is to buy a high-quality product. Quality leather will last a lifetime; in fact, it will become more comfortable over time. While leather sofas may not be cheap, with proper care, they can be a worthy investment since they can last a long time. Look for full grain leather, as this is the strongest and highest quality. Split grain is not made with the full skin and therefore will not last as long. Also, make sure that you choose a couch with a sturdy frame that will last through the years.
Clean With a Dry Cloth
It should be enough to wipe down your sofa regularly with a clean, dry cloth, and vacuum any crumbs or other debris when necessary. Wipe up any spills immediately so they don’t have time to soak in. Occasionally, if you have a tough spot, you may have to use a slightly damp cloth – use as little water as possible and let the area air-dry naturally. Otherwise, avoid using water, soaps, or other cleaners, as even mild detergents can discolor over time while causing drying and cracking. If you are concerned about having a lot of spills, look for a one that has been treated with a surface protectant, and choose a darker couch as lighter options may stain.
Avoid Direct Sunlight
Leather sofas need to be kept out of direct sunlight or other bright lights. This is because they are made from a natural material that is prone to drying. If you allow your couch to sit in direct sunlight, it may start to discolor and crack. You will also want to avoid areas of your home that are too hot or too cold.