A leather desk is a classic choice of quality and timeless beauty but can quickly go downhill if the leather isn't cared for in the proper way. Owning leather furniture is similar to caring for a plant--they certainly brighten up your life and bring beauty into it but you must treat them responsibly in return.

Step 1

With a damp cloth, gently wipe the leather of any dust and debris. Make sure to get in the cracks where the leather meets the wood.

Step 2

Wet your cloth with a small amount of leather cleaner specifically made for the type of leather of your desk or, alternately, rubbing alcohol.

Step 3

Gently wipe the desk with the damp rag in circular motions, careful to cover every spot.

Step 4

Seal with a natural oil, such as olive oil or a product made for oiling leather. Using a dry cloth, rub the oil into the leather using the same circular motions as before. Let dry at least 24 hours.