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Leather Care: Lotion and Cleaning Tips for Leather Furniture

Protect your leather furiture with this recipe for leather lotion and these tips for cleaning leather furniture.
By Natural Home Staff
November/December 2006


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If treated well, leather furniture will shed stains and withstand a good bit of abuse. Expect from your furniture what you would a pair of well-loved shoes: It gets scratched from relatively normal wear.

Leather Lotion

Like skin, leather benefits from moisturizing. This recipe is made with linseed oil (from flax), an old favorite for preserving leather. Hardware-store varieties usually contain petroleum products, added to decrease drying time. Instead, use food-grade linseed oil-better known as flax or omega-3 oil-from a natural foods store. Even a light conditioner like this one can alter the leather's appearance, so test on an inconspicuous place.

1/4 cup flaxseed oil
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 to 2 drops food-grade orange oil (available from gourmet grocers)

1. Place the ingredients in a glass jar with a lid. Cover and shake before using.

2. Apply with a soft, clean cloth. Rub the mixture on one small area at a time and buff until the surface dries.

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