Saddle up to learn more about caring for leather and suede furnishings.
Leather is a popular material because it is so tough. Cleaning is easy too, since it can be gently vacuumed and damp-wiped as needed. Accomplish deeper cleaning with a leather conditioner or saddle soap.
Although commercial conditioners are best for large pieces such as sofas, a homemade leather reconditioner (see recipe below) will work well for smaller pieces, such as footstools or chair seats.
Suede, the rough undersurface of leather is handsome and more durable than it appears. It should, however, be kept away from sunlight and heat. And, if you live in a dry climate, make sure your indoor air is not excessively dry, which can damage suede.
Find more care tips below.
Adapted from the book, Making a Home, Meredith c. 2001