How to Care for and Protect Leather Furniture


I absolutely love using leather when styling my home because it adds so much warmth and a luxurious look to any space. Often times, I find that leather upholstery is a great way to pull a room together, as well as balance a masculine and feminine feel. But, people are often afraid of using leather products in their homes. However, with the proper care and a good leather cleaner, it’s possible to have your beloved leather pieces looking great for a long time.

Sitting and reading a book in a leather chair

We thought it was time to touch base about how all of our leather furniture is holding up months and years after purchasing it. Then, let’s chat about the best ways to care for leather furniture and the regular maintenance we stick to, to ensure that our pieces stay looking good.

Bridget’s Leather Sofa Update

It’s been about six months with our beautiful couch from article (read more about how I picked it here), and I’m here to give you an update! We decided on the Sven Sofa from Article over 6 months ago but like many of you, shared concerns about how this staple piece in our family room would hold up to daily wear and tear.

sven sofa review 6 months later

The family room gets pretty regular use – especially lately! It’s where we spend time as a relaxing as a family A new leather sofa? A new baby? Are we crazy?

It may be surprising for some of you, but I have never had one regret since buying this couch and love it more today than the day it arrived (if that’s even possible). And yes, that’s even after the baby spit-up, the almost daily bottle spills (or drips), Ben scratching at it with his little nails, me laying on it with fresh lotion on my legs, and even my nephew climbing all over it with his shoes on. This bad boy has had its fair share of wear and tear, yet continues to surprise me at how forgiving it is.

an honest review of leather furniture from article

Does it look exactly like it did the day it arrived? No… BUT I actually love that about the Sven. The Sven is perfect for an active household because it ages gracefully (can I say that about a sofa?!).  The cushions are a bit more slouchy and there are a few tiny scratches here and there, but I actually love that natural patina because it feels more vintage and “lived in”.

Ironically, my gray couch also has slouchy cushions that bother me, but this slouch is different because it’s leather. It works. The worn leather makes it look more charming and cozy and makes the room feel lived in, yet on-trend.

An Honest review of the Sven Sofa

The only thing that worries me about this couch is that it lives right in front of a window. To combat this direct sunlight, I use a leather conditioner once in a while… (more details below!).

Overall, I’m SO happy with my Sven Sofa from Article and I see why this particular piece is such a popular choice. Honestly, I would make this purchase in a hot second if I had to do it all over again; and I definitely can’t say that about everything in my house.

Casey’s Leather Chair & Bench Updates

This chair was such a great buy! When Finn and I are just lounging around and talking, he’ll snag a spot on our couch and I cozy up in the chair. I’m really happy we added a chair here because it makes the layout more conversational.

We do get a lot of direct sunlight in our condo so I was initially worried about this piece fading. Luckily, the color is still that gorgeous cognac and I’m not worried about keeping my blinds open all day long.

A leather chair in a family room

The other leather piece that I’m updating on today is the bench that sits at the end of our bed. While it doesn’t get the regular use that my chair does (I mostly use it when I’m putting on my shoes), it certainly looks great! I like the contrast of texture and color next to my bed and with the sheepskin throw on top, it just looks so inviting!

How to care for a leather bench

I had to look at this old blog post and this one to see how long I’ve had our leather chair and leather bench. It’s been over a year for both, and I’m happy to say they’re both still looking good!

Why Leather I Love Leather

Some people are hesitant to go with leather because they’re worried that it will see scratches or get worn quickly. However, leather upholstery is incredibly durable, more so than other fabrics, and it’s actually a great fit for families with children and pets. For one thing, it’s quick to vacuum off crumbs, or dog hair!

Our feel-good makeover reveal

Another beautiful thing about leather is that each piece is different. It’s already perfectly imperfect and any additional scratch or ding will just add to the beautiful, natural patina that comes with use and age. Leather products get better with time! So, don’t be afraid to live your life and do your thing with your leather upholstery – you’re only making it better!

How to Clean your Leather Furniture

Accidents are inevitable and your leather will recover! When a spill, drip or smear does happen, I typically take care of it with a clean, damp cloth (and not a lot of stress). I also vacuum it when necessary**

How to care for leather furniture

Wipe Down with a Cloth – Weeklywipe down leather with a clean cloth weekly

We both dust weekly and when we do, we’ll take a microfiber cloth and wipe down our leather pieces. This prevents dust from accumulating and keeps the surface looking shiny! If there are any noticeable stains, you can wet your damp cloth and wipe them that way (don’t use a chemical cleaner!).

Vacuum Away Crumbs – MonthlyVacuum crumbs from your leather furniture and chairs

About once a month, you can vacuum your leather furniture. I use my new Dyson vacuum for this and it’s a breeze! The cushions come off of the chair and the Sven sofa, so you can really get things clean.

Use a Leather Conditioner – MonthlyOtterwax leather oil to take care of leather

You don’t want your leather to get dry or crack, so leather conditioner is a must. Article recommends using the brand Otter Wax for their pieces so that’s what we each use. Put a small amount of the leather oil onto a clean cloth

Shake the bottle well and put some on a clean microfiber cloth. Then test it out in a small area on your leather (before you do the entire piece!). 

Wipe on otter wax leather oil

When I first tried it out, I was super nervous because it did make the leather a bit darker. However, this is totally normal and it will dry a-okay!

 Apply otter wax leather oil to care for leather furniture

Here’s the difference in coloring right when I applied it. Just apply a light coat all over your piece of leather furniture, let it dry, and then buff with another clean cloth. The result will be shiny and well-moisturized leather!

Keep your Leather Lookin’ Good

How to care for leather furniture

 Once you figure out how to care for it, leather just might be your new favorite furniture to use in your home! We are both loving our leather pieces and are excited to see how they weather and age for years to come.

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I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m a Chicago gal teaching you how to design, DIY, and maintain your home…by yourself! Learn more about me right here.

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