Leather 101

How to Avoid Ruining Your New Leather Couch

At Couch.com, we understand leather couch upkeep is a challenge. Care for it, and it reciprocates. Treat your couch right for lasting comfort.

What Happens If You Leave a Leather Couch Outside?

Congratulations on your shiny new leather couch! You've just welcomed a touch of sophistication and comfort into your living space. But before you dive in, let's talk about the do's and don'ts to keep that beauty looking fabulous for years to come.

So, you're tempted to take your leather masterpiece outdoors to soak up some sun and fresh air. Hold up! While the idea of alfresco lounging sounds enticing, leaving your leather couch outside can quickly turn into a nightmare. Here's why:

  • Sunlight showdown: Too much exposure to sunlight can fade and dry out your leather like a raisin. The sun's UV rays are like kryptonite to leather, leading to cracks, discoloration, and a whole lot of unhappiness. Premium leather brands like Hancock & Moore are designed for indoor use, so let's keep them sheltered, shall we?
  • Rain dance dilemma: Rain and leather don't mix. Moisture can seep into the leather fibers, causing swelling and warping. Not exactly the look you were going for, right?

Can You Put a Faux Leather Couch Outside?

Now, let's chat about faux leather. It might seem like a good outdoor alternative, but even faux leather has its limits. While vinyl faux leathers like Naugahyde are more durable than the real deal, they're still not meant for outdoor living. Here's the scoop:

  • Better, but not bulletproof: Vinyl faux leathers are tougher against moisture and sunlight than real leather. They're often used in commercial settings like bars and restaurants. But even they can't withstand the elements like a champ.
  • Cracking concerns: Extreme temperatures and fluctuations can still lead to cracking and peeling in faux leather. Plus, those faux wrinkles? Yeah, they'll get worse with time if exposed to the elements.

What Can Ruin a Leather Couch?

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Okay, let's cut to the chase. Your leather couch deserves the royal treatment, so avoid these couch-ruining culprits:

  • Direct sunlight: We've mentioned it before, but it's worth repeating. UV rays are leather's enemy. Invest in some good curtains or blinds to protect your couch from excessive sun exposure.
  • Heat and humidity: Extreme temperatures can cause leather to dry out or become sticky. Keep your living space comfortably cozy, and your leather will thank you.
  • Pets' paws: Fido might love lounging on your couch, but their claws can spell disaster for leather. Use a protective cover or train your pets to stay off the furniture.
  • Spills and stains: Liquids like wine, coffee, or soda can leave permanent marks on leather. Clean spills immediately and consider using leather protectants like Leather Honey to prevent future stains.
  • Sharp objects: Keys, belts, and other sharp items can scratch and gouge leather. Keep them away from your couch and invest in a leather repair kit.

Taking Care of Your Investment

Your new leather couch is more than just a place to sit—it's a statement piece. Treat it with care, and it'll reward you with years of luxurious comfort. Remember, whether you're lounging on an old school Chesterfield or embracing the modern flair of West Elm, proper maintenance will keep your leather couch looking its absolute best. So, avoid the sun and your leather couch will thank you by aging gracefully and becoming the heart of your home.

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Alex Back is the founder and CEO of Couch.com. Previously, he was the co-founder and COO of the popular furniture brand, Apt2B, which was acquired by a large US retail furniture chain in 2018. He worked to integrate Apt2B, one of the very first online furniture retailers on the Shopify platform, into the operations of the 100 year old larger business entity and was deeply immersed in the business operations of both online and brick and mortar retail for 4 years before leaving in 2023 to start Couch.com. Working in various parts of the furniture industry since 2004, he has 20 years experience in retail sales, e-commerce, marketing, operations, logistics and wholesale manufacturing and distribution. He has worked extensively with partners such as Costco, Bed Bath and Beyond and Amazon and his work has been highlighted in many publications such as Forbes, CNN and HGTV, among others. Alex is delighted to bring his experience and authority on couches and the furniture industry to this platform, along with many of his industry colleagues who are helping him keep the Couch.com audience informed and engaged on a daily basis.
Alex Back
Couch.com CEO & Founder