How Does Sun Fade Leather Furniture?

The sun is good for a variety of things. It can lighten up a room, make you feel better about the weather, and help your furniture stay bright and fresh. But too much of it can also damage leather and fabric furniture.

The most common way that leather fades is due to exposure to direct sunlight. However, the effects can vary depending on the type of leather you have. Some leathers are prone to fading far more than others.

Fading is most commonly seen in aniline and semi-aniline leathers. Fully-finished leathers with a protective surface coating are usually less prone to fading.

Another common problem is the lightening of darker colored leathers as they fade. This is because the natural oils that protect the leather are slowly evaporated as the sunlight hits it.

This is the reason why you should not place leather sofas and chairs directly in front of a window. They will start to fade in as little as 4 months of direct exposure.

There are several ways that you can prevent your leather furniture from fading or getting damaged by the sun. One of the easiest is to move your leather furniture away from windows and direct sunlight. Alternatively, you can apply commercial tinting film to the window to block out the harmful UV rays that cause most of the problems.

The next option is to use a leather conditioner on your leather furniture at least twice a year. This will keep your leather from drying out and getting brittle.

Aside from a regular cleaning and conditioning regimen, there are a few other things that you can do to keep your leather looking great. Firstly, you should choose the right shade of leather for your furniture.

Secondly, you should ensure that your leather furniture is not in an area that is hot or cold. You should also move your leather furniture around the room as the temperature changes. This is particularly important for dark-colored leathers, which will fade more quickly than lighter ones.

Finally, you should avoid applying any sort of abrasive cleaners or polishes to your leather furniture as these will dry it out and cause it to get brittle. You should instead opt for a gentle, water-based leather cleaner.

You should be able to find a cleaner that is suitable for your leather at any hardware store or department store. You should also be able to find leather conditioner that is specially formulated for the type of leather you have in your furniture.

Before you start any of these treatments, test it on a small section of your leather furniture in a non-obtrusive location to ensure that it won’t damage or alter the look of your leather.

In the event that your leather upholstery does get loose, you should be able to fix it by using a leather repair kit. This can be purchased at any local furniture store or online. It is a simple process of applying a leather repair cream to your furniture.