Caring for your black leather office chair is vital if you want it to look as good as the day you bought it. Leather is a natural material that requires ongoing cleaning and conditioning â do it right, and your leather chair could look clean, smart and as good as new for years to come. Do it wrong, and you could be left with a scuffed, faded, stained and generally tatty-looking piece of furniture that brings down the tone of your office environment.
How to Care for Your Black Leather Office Chair
1. Leather is a natural, porous material that can retain conditioning oils. Like any 'skin', if exposed to excessive heat and/or UV rays, it will also lose these conditioning oils, eventually drying out, cracking, discolouring, and even distorting. Of course, the answer to caring for your black leather office chair here is simple; keep it away from direct light sources (e.g. windows) and heat (such as radiators).
2. When cleaning your leather chair, you should first opt to use a dustpan and soft brush, or vacuum cleaner with soft brush attachment. This helps to remove grit and dirt that might otherwise become ground into the seams and hard-to-reach areas of the leather, causing it to not only look dirty, but causing small but significant scuffs and wear and tear. This alone should be done on a regular basis.
3. Before using cleaning products, you may need to check whether your leather seat has a sealant or finish on it. For instance, your black leather office chair may also have an aniline finish or semi-aniline finish â these two different treatments wear, tear and fade at different rates and in different ways, and subsequently require different cleaning and conditioning products. Sealed leather chairs can be regularly cleaned with a gentle soap and water solution. Black leather office chairs that have no protective leather sealants will require extra care and attention, as they are more prone to fading and scuffing.
4. Tougher stains will require a specialist leather cleaning solution. If no chair manufacturer's aftercare information or instructions are to hand, then select your leather cleaning products with care. Always apply with a lint-free cloth, first performing a spot test in an inconspicuous area of the chair, before applying the product according to the manufacturer's cleaning instructions.
5. To avoid unnecessary wear and tear, avoid sitting in your chair with sharp objects in your pockets â these can include car keys, pens or key chains. If any stains are splashed or dripped onto the chair, try to blot immediately, avoiding excessive rubbing or smearing.
If your black leather office chair requires extensive stain removal or reupholstering, then the best course of action is to contact a leather restoration specialist.