Cracking leather is one the most common problems people encounter when they have leather furniture. Cracked or cracking leather couches can become unsightly and, if you do not treat them immediately, it can lead to damages that can cost a lot of money to get repaired. If you have leather furniture, it is best that you know why it cracks in the first place.
Well, believe it or not, the main reason leather cracks is because you touch it. It's an unfortunate reality that using leather furniture; sitting or sleeping on it, can actually be the reason why it gets ruined. This is because every time your skin comes into contact with leather, a little of our body oil seeps into it. Leather is very porous and over time, the accumulation of body oil can mess up its structure. At the same, dirt and hair can also stick to the body oil. This makes the leather crack even faster.
The other reason that leather cracks sooner than it's supposed to is that it's probably the manufacturer's fault. In treating leather, it is usually covered with a layer of thin varnish or protective covering. When leather makers do this, they stretch leather then apply the protective substance. They do this because leather is naturally stretchy and it gets more and more stretched when it is used. When leather cracks and it's the manufacturers fault, it means that the leather was not treated properly; that it was not stretched enough to let the the varnish set properly.
But for well-made leather furniture, they should be taken care of so that they last longer. In theory, the best way to keep leather is to not use it all. But then again, that would be counter-intuitive to having furniture in the first place. What you can do though is to limit its usage, or have as little artificial oil on your body when you use it. Though there's practically nothing you can do with your body's natural rate of releasing its oils, not being sweaty and dirty while sitting on your couch will make it last longer. As much as possible, do not sleep on leather couches because your body releases oils when you sleep. The artificial oils that can damage oil include lotions and body butters. They seep in to the leather and attract dirt.
However, even if body oil is the primary culprit, the best way to take care of your is to clean it three to four times a year. You can either get a professional cleaning service or learn about do-it-yourself ways to effectively maintain your furniture.