A leather designer bed looks fabulous when in good condition, and can be the main focal point of your bedroom. Leather is essentially skin, and therefore, just like your own skin, it requires regular care and maintenance to remain supple and in good condition. Learning how to care for your leather designer bed ensures it stays in great condition for many years.
Moisturise Your Leather Designer Bed
Without moisturising, leather becomes dry and cracked, just like your own skin. It also loses its shine. Too frequent cleaning can also cause leather to crack and split. Whenever you give your designer leather bed a thorough clean, moisturise it afterwards. You can use a leather moisturiser or produce your own. To make your chemical-free leather moisturiser, use one part distilled white vinegar to two parts linseed oil. Using a soft microfibre cloth, rub the mixture into the surface of the leather using a circular motion. Leave the mixture on for 10 minutes, then use a clean microfibre cloth and buff it to restore the sheen to your designer bed. If the leather is exceptionally dry, use pure linseed oil without the vinegar.
Clean Spills from Your Leather Designer Bed Immediately
Because leather is porous, it soaks up stains and fluids if you leave them on the surface. Therefore, cleaning spills immediately is essential and helps prevent damage to the leather and unsightly stains. While you can get older stains out of leather, it is significantly easier to wipe up any spills or remove fresh stains. Different stains require differing methods of cleaning. To remove ink stains, use a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a cotton cloth. For any tea stains, use foaming leather cleaner, paying careful attention to the manufacturer's instructions. For general dirt and grime, use a mild detergent and a lint-free cloth, but make sure you only lightly dampen the cloth. For ground-in dirt, use a soft toothbrush to lightly scrub the affected area.
Repairing a Leather Designer Bed
If the leather on your designer bed has serious cracking or has an abundance of cat scratches, simple moisturising alone is not enough. The same applies for scuffs and worn areas. There are numerous ways to repair leather, including using a leather repair kit. This is a multistage process which requires you to carefully cut away any loose fibres, clean and dry the area, lightly sand around the damaged area, then use a bonding agent. You then fill the gaps with leather filler, wait for it to dry, and lightly sand to remove any excess and smooth the area. You can then build up the colour, using leather colourant in thin layers, then apply several coats of sealant to add protection against stains and further damage.