Further information on the Natural Characteristics of Leather Hide Real leather is a natural product. It breathes; it is warm and has individual characteristics, which are part of the natural charm and beauty of real hide. As a natural product however, it will display traces of its past, such as brand marks, healed scars, neck growth lines, veins and areas of differing fibre density and hair pore structure. These marks all appear in high quality leather and are not defects. Natural leather proudly bears these marks as hallmarks of its origin. These individual characteristics and marks have been accumulated gradually over the years; they are not weakening defects and will not shorten the life of the leather. In fact, they are considered to enhance the appearance and distinguish natural leather from imitations. If you find these markings, you can be confident that you have purchased real leather. In the first few weeks of using leather furniture it will acquire further natural creases and wrinkles as the fillings settle down.
Shade Variation. No two hides are totally identical and, due to the variations in grain structure and fibre density as mentioned above, the dyes and finishes penetrate to differing degrees into the various parts of the hide to give attractive variations. Whilst every attempt is made to achieve uniformity, this is not always possible. Each hide is unique; patterns and colour samples should always be regarded as no more than a guide.
Maintenance. Lighter colours of leather may become permanently stained by coming into contact with non-colourfast fabrics or clothing. Denim jeans, and sweat pants are particular culprits. Never sit on leather furniture when wearing denim or similar clothing that is damp. Wet hair and some hair care products may also have a similar effect. Newspapers can also leave traces of ink on leather furniture, and can permanently discolour the finish. Dye transfer resulting from these causes will not be accepted as a claim against a leather manufacturer. Leather upholstery should not be exposed to bright sunlight for prolonged periods, as this will likely result in fading. Protect leather furnishings by drawing curtains or blinds. Also, avoid having leather upholstery close to radiators. Heat causes drying out, cracking and removal of preservative oils and waxes. Beware of clothing which contains buckles or rivets since these can damage leather finishes. Similarly care should be exercised when allowing children’s toys or house pets near leather furnishings since these can easily scratch the finish.
Cleaning. Dust leather furniture regularly with a soft cloth. Leather pores can be kept free from dust particles and grime by regular vacuuming, ideally once a week. Occasional overall cleaning should be carried out by wiping over with a tepid solution of pure soaping agent (such as Lux flakes or Dreft), applied using a damp cloth, but taking care not to over-wet the leather. Polishes, creams, detergents, varnishes and stain removers should be avoided. They may cause damage to the leather.
“Britons most wanted. Furniture you'd kill for.”
STAY IN TOUCH: Sign up for Tom Schneider News