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Debunking common myths about leather furniture

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Sun, July 29, 2018 | 12:09 am
Debunking common myths about leather furniture

When it comes to interior design, choosing leather furniture is increasingly unpopular for various reasons. (Shutterstock/File)

When it comes to interior design, choosing leather furniture is increasingly unpopular for various reasons.

Most of these, however, are largely driven by myths about the material.

Kompas.com dives into these misconceptions to debunk the most common myths on leather furniture:

Myth: Leather furniture does not last long

Fact: With the right care, leather furniture such as sofas and armchairs can actually last for a very long time. 

The right care means that cleaning must be done regularly using a vacuum cleaner, and direct sun exposure must be avoided in order to keep the material durable.

Myth: Taking care of leather furniture is difficult

Fact: Taking care of leather furniture is easier than expected.

To avoid cracks in the material, apply conditioner or lotion every six to 12 months to keep it moisturized. Wipe off the lotion with clean cloth or an absorbing sponge.

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In the case of butter or oil stains, cleaning them using a dry cloth and leaving them to settle will do the job.

The use of soap and detergent should be avoided.

Myth: Leather furniture can be easily damaged, especially by children or pets

Fact: Using leather furniture that has been coated with a polymer surface is recommended for households with children and/or pets.

Polymers protect leather from scratches.

Myth: Leather furniture can become very cold or very hot

Fact: Unlike leather car seats, leather furniture will not become cold when the temperature drops or become hot when the temperature is high.

In fact, when the human body sits on leather furniture, it will become warm when the temperature is low and cool down when the surrounding air is warm. 

Do note that for the furniture to do this, it must be kept out of direct sunlight. (anm/kes)

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