Meh - I'll never understand why people buy easily damageable furniture when they have kids.
Don't say style vs. practicality, because there are many lovely lounges that are more practical for a household with children, they're just not white leather.
People who dont say please or thank you and who leave their dirty dishes and rubbish laying around for me to clean up!
On the other hand it makes me glad reading this thread that i can completely choose who comes into my house. having no family around that just drop in, we 99% choose who comes into our house. And if a visit is too hard, people just don't get invited back again.
But if they tossed their keys on my expensive leather lounge, they would be set straight. I'm with Girl X, I have no problem reminding a visitor to be careful, and if they don't respect that or take offence, then they are unlikely to visit again. Too bad
Just with the leather lounge comments, we have a chocolate leather lounge and I find it fantastic for kids as it's so easy to clean. The same with the car, we got leather seats as you just wipe it over to clean if they spill anything.
We have had our leather lounge for about 6 years and have no intention of replacing it until the kids are older. Mind you, it's been through 3 kids and my family/friends children and still looks pretty good. Just will add that I'm not strict with it at all, outside of common courtesy.
Um a bit of a spin off here but I have never thought twice about washing post-nappy-change hands in a kitchen sink...? I thought that was a totally ok thing to do considering all the other gross stuff that goes into and on the average kitchen sink!
And regarding the shoes off thing - I get sweaty/clammy feet constantly and I am really self conscious about it. I usually leave my shoes on in other ppls houses otherwise I leave sweaty footprints on their floors and its really embarrassing!
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I have a leather couch and no rules. It gets eaten on daily, laid on, played on, my two dogs used to jump on it. I've spilt red wine on it, milk, popcorn is currently down the back of it.
Amazing that it isn't trashed but give it a vacuum and a spray and wipe and it looks brand new. 7 years and going strong!
That said NO ONE has ever come over my house and treated it like rubbish even though I do. I don't think I would be worried about the lounge so much as their lack of respect for my property.
Also, if it's raining take your shoes off. I don't like cleaning these stupid white tiles.
ETA: my mum has a leather lounge that she got when my younger brother was about 1. He's 21 now and it only really just needs to be replaced now.
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