How Children and Pets Can Damage Your Leather Sofa
When you live in a household with pets and children, spillages and other unfortunate accidents are a common occurrence. This is why leather furniture is a wise investment. According to Better Homes and Gardens, to keep your leather sofa in good condition, you should clean it once every 6-12 months.
However, when you live with pets and children, your leather sofa is likely to encounter a range of smelly and sticky substances.
Although leather is easier to clean and maintain than other upholstery fabrics, it is porous. This means that it will soak up whatever liquid that it encounters. If your children and pets make regular use of your leather sofa, then you can expect that their body oils will have an effect on the leather.
Although body oil won't do immediate damage to leather, over time, it will soak into a leather surface and cause stains to form. Body oils may also cause leather to gradually break down if you don't clean your leather at least twice a year.
When a human or animal sweats, naturally, they produce even more body oils than usual. Unfortunately, sweat contains salts such as sodium and potassium. Salt can dry out leather and leave it cracked and warped. This is why it's a good idea to have your children shower before they sit on your leather sofa if they have been outside running and playing.
Another harmful liquid that comes from pets and young children is urine. Urine, like sweat, contains salts and other chemical compounds, such as urea and ammonia. Ammonia is what is responsible for causing that unpleasant smell commonly associated with urine. If your pets or children regularly have toilet accidents on your leather sofa, your sofa could soon begin to retain the smell of urine.
And, just as sweat can, urine can dry out your leather upholstery.
You probably won't be surprised to learn that vomit is highly acidic. This is why it's important that you remove vomit from a leather surface as soon as possible. Because leather is porous, it will soak up vomit and retain some of the unpleasant smell if you don't clean up the mess quickly.
Cleaning leather is a delicate process. You can't normal cleaning products to clean stains and smells from leather. Doing so could cause irreversible damage. That's why you should hire a professional to clean your leather sofa at least once every 6 months.
For more information, contact a leather upholstery cleaning service in your area.