High quality leather has more character than less expensive leather. So instead of a plasticky uniform look, natures variations make it more beautiful and original.
When you buy a great leather sofa, you may either try to speed up time, to achieve that worked-for-it patina and softness or, attempt to guard it from all signs of wear. Turns out, there are a few things you should do no matter which look you prefer. Following these simple steps will keep your leather looking beautiful and timeless.
Firstly, your sofa should be dusted with a soft clean cloth. We suggest one is kept for sole use on your leather furniture. Also don’t forget about the base, as from time to time, this would benefit from a light vacuuming.
An occasional very gentle wipe from a slightly damp cloth will keep any grime residue at bay. When cleaning your sofa, we would recommend to use only a dab of warm water, or a specialised leather cleaner, as household cleaners will build up a sticky residue on your furniture. The good news is that due to the porous nature of leather, stains will usually respond rapidly to a surface wipe with this method.
After surface cleaning your furniture, allow it to dry for 3 or 4 days, and NEVER allow the leather to soak.
Grease should be dabbed away, leaving the residue to gradually dissipate into the leather. On semi-aniline leather, a gentle rub will often rearrange the pigment enough to remove the stain. Just ensure to always be gentle.
Although leather is remarkably forgiving, it is wise to remember to position the furniture away from sunlight, and heat sources, as these can dry the leather out, or cause fading. To ensure that your leather furniture is kept in tip top condition, here at Multiyork, we offer a leather care kit, as well as a leather warranty, to ensure that your sofa is protected against any accidental damage-please ask in store for more details.
A final furnishing fact: if you’ve ever wondered why there’s always some fabric in a cushion cover, its to stop air being trapped inside and squeaking when you sit down. The fabric will also stop the cushion from slipping on the sofa.
And one final maintenance tip: If one side of a sofa is used more regularly than the other, it’s advisable to swap the cushions over from time to time, to even out any wear that may occur.
So, now that you are a pro on leather care, would you like to know what makes our leather sofas here at Multiyork so special? Well, we pride ourselves in our multiple choice of comfort levels, superb springing, a hardwood frame, and a long, long life…guaranteed!
Leather adds luxury, beauty, enormous strength, and comfort all year round. As a natural material is carries the marks of gentle shading, which make each piece of leather furniture that we offer unique. Above all it will mellow gracefully and even improve with age.
Closed Scar Colour Difference Grain Difference Insect Bites
Low Grain Healed Scar Veining Wrinkle
Natural Characteristics of Leather
Leather is a natural product with all that this implies, shade, grain variations and natural markings add to its charm. Each hide has its own characteristics. The marks which we consider natural to leather are the following:
- Scars- these are caused in many ways, often because of barbed wire fences. As with humans, the scars heal, but often leave fine lines within the hide.
- Creases- these normally appear in the neck area of the hide. The can, because of their heavy grain, look attractive and add to the natural characteristics of leather.
- Colour Variation- each animal is different therefore each hide will have a slightly different shade.
- Bite marks- cattle are still attacked by insects, these occur as tiny marks on the surface.
- Veins- the veins will appear on the hide, again this is natural characteristic of cattle hide.
These are all natural characteristics of leather, and not faults. They have no weakening effect on the hide, they are only surface variations.