15 August 16 By

Advice From Office Furniture Installers: Maintaining Leather Office Chairs

Close up of white leather upholstery

We cherish the sight of a beautiful new set of executive office furniture freshly set up by installers, just waiting to be used. The feeling of pride, prestige, and power when you sit in that chair for the first time is absolutely wonderful, as is the respect that such an office commands.

A Few Moments Make a World of Difference

Leather chairs are prone to improper care, and can start to look old and worn after mere weeks of abuse and neglect. There are a number of culprits to the quick wear of leather chairs; crumbs and spills from eating and drinking at your desk, shifting while you sit, and abrasive wear from sitting and standing can all make office furniture look old before its time.

Thankfully, just a few moments of care can keep your office furniture looking beautiful, and maintain that sense of prestige that comes with executive furniture.

Special Care for Special Furniture

Leather surfaces have special properties that make them prone to moisture-related damage. If you use cleaning agents that dehydrate it, you could very easily cause your leather furniture to dry and crack. If you use too much water or cleaning agents to soak it, you could very easily cause it to harden and warp.

It’s important to ensure that you or your cleaning staff knows the proper methods and materials required to maintain your new leather furniture.


You want to make sure your leather furniture receives a ‘first pass’ with a vacuum cleaner that has a soft furniture brush attachment. This will make sure that there is no dirt or dust particles that might scratch up your surface when you start scrubbing it down.

Thorough Cleaning

If you want to give your leather a thorough clean, you are going to need to use a commercial leather cleaner and conditioner.

It’s important to use both a cleaner and a conditioner: Cleaning a leather surface, even with special leather cleaners, can cause the surface to dehydrate, which can damage your furniture. The application of a conditioner will help to restore the moisture, and help maintain that new-furniture glow.

For extra shine, leave the conditioner on the furniture overnight, and buff it in the morning with a clean rag.

Spot Cleaning

Your leather surfaces don’t need to be polished and conditioned on a daily basis. For a touch-up between cleanings, a ‘Magic Eraser’ melamine foam sponge can remove dirt and discolorations without causing abrasive damage to the surface. It also doesn’t affect the moisture of the leather, so you don’t need to worry about drying out or over-saturating the leather.

Know When to Replace

Unfortunately, not every piece of leather office furniture is salvageable. If your furniture has already sustained some neglect-related damage, stains, or wear, you might find that the improved morale and sense of authority more than justifies the expense of replacing your old leather executive furniture. After all, with proper care and maintenance, new leather office furniture can hold that like-new look for years.

If you do have some old leather furniture you need to upgrade, contact us. Our installers will help you set up your new office furniture properly, while removing and storing the old furniture for resale.

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