When it comes to sun and leather, they are not friends. Too much exposure to sunlight can lead to the fading and drying of your leather furniture. It is important to know that while leather wear and tear cannot be avoided, leather sun damage can. Below lists some of the common sun damage effects and how they can be prevented.
Fading is commonly found on semi-aniline and aniline leathers. This is a common problem with these types of leather, particularly when your furniture is placed next to a window that gets a considerable amount of sunlight. If your furniture is exposed to the sun for just four to six months, you will start to notice the effects of fading on semi-aniline and aniline leather furniture.
Sun can cause drying to occur on almost any type of leather. Sunlight causes this drying as it slowly evaporates the natural oils in the leather. When the leather gets dry, it will stiffen and begin to crack.
Fading and drying are two of the most common problems that are caused by the exposure of sunlight. This does not mean, however, that you must live in darkness 24/7. Below are some simple steps that you can take to avoid leather sun damage occurring to your furniture.
Keeping your leather shaded and out of direct sunlight is possible the simplest way to prevent sun damage and avoid drying and cracking. This is especially true if you semi-aniline or aniline leather furniture. However, if you cannot move your furniture to a shaded part of your home, you should close the blinds throughout the hottest part of the day.
Additionally, you should not use dark colours to cover your leather furniture, as dark colours absorb more light. You can also apply commercial tinting film to your windows to block ultraviolet rays. UV rays cause the most damage to leather.
You should move your furniture away from heat sources, like furnaces or fireplaces. Long term exposure to heat sources can also lead to drying and cracking.
Regular cleaning and conditioning can help prevent sun damage to your leather furniture. Ensuring that your leather is cleaned by a professional leather cleaning company like AllAces Cleaning & Restoration can make sure that your leather is thoroughly cleaned and protected.
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