Bonded leather is a product consisting of scraps of leather, and sometimes other materials, glued together. It most often covers bibles, but is also used as upholstery. This material is resistant to heat and moisture, just like full-grade leather, but it costs much less. Although there are clear benefits to choosing this material, it also has a major drawback. Without proper care, this material – especially when used on furniture – wears much quicker than high-quality leather.

Step 1

Wipe down the couch every two weeks with a damp, clean cloth. This will remove surface grime that gets into the bonded leather's pores.

Step 2

Dust the crevices and seems of the bonded leather every two weeks as well. You may either use a vacuum or dry cloth for this task.

Step 3

Clean spills whenever they occur by first blotting the food or liquid and then gently wiping it with a damp cloth. Do not use soap or abrasive cleaners as this may dry your leather. If a spill stains use a specially formulated leather cleaner.

Step 4

Apply a leather conditioner twice a year. Follow the directions on the package as each brand differs. This will help keep the bonded leather malleable and help keep it attached to its backing.