Question by troy_r_thompson: Will storing a leather couch in a self storage garage alteration the leather?
I have a very nice leather couch that I paid $ 3500 for and now I’m moving in with my girlfriend and have no room for it. I’m renting a self storage garage and looking to place it in there but I’m worried about the cold/warm weather and what it can do to to the leather. Any suggestions?
Answer by RetroGirl
If you must store it, you need to get a climate-controlled unit. Extreme temperature fluctuations can cause your couch to split, shrivel, or otherwise alteration it. Leather must “breathe”, so the option of covering it in a tarp is viable only if you can find one prefabricated of fabric, not plastic. If you do this, first treat the entire couch with a spray-on leather conditioner (available where they sell leather jackets, purses, etc.). Check on it at least monthly, and clean with a leather cleaner as necessary. Most important, though, is to keep it from extreme temperature changes.
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