All pieces of natural leather have one thing in common: regardless of the method of treatment, they are natural products which preserve their natural characteristics. Minor scratches or even insect bites leave visible marks which can be seen in your chosen leather product. Natural leather requires proper care right from day one after your purchase yout leather item. Preventive cleaning and maintenance will protect it from stains and extend its life. Make sure your leather-covered furniture is protected against strong light (halogen bulbs) or direct sunlight. Leather furniture should not be placed too close to radiators, heaters or other sources of heat as this can cause leather to shrink or crack.
Signs of natural leather
Natural signs impressed on the surface of leather structure such as differences in grain, scars, insect bites and other imperfections bear witness to the natural origin of leather. These only serve to further highlight the authenticity and unique beauty of leather. No two hides are identical. Each hide has its own unique surface structure and color. The cow skin grows at a different speed, depending on the part of the body on which it occurs, and this determines structural differences even within the same hide. Characteristic marks are an indication of the authenticity of leather. Unlike in the case of upholstery fabrics, when covering a piece of furniture with leather, deviations are possible in the size of cutouts and finished covers.
Why does leather become looser over time?
Leather is elastic. Just as new shoes stretch over time, so does your leather furniture. It is not a defect but a natural quality of the leather.
Leather does not respond well to overly dry air. Indoor air that is too dry can cause leather to shrink and crack. To avoid this, keep your indoor humidity at optimum levels. In-home humidity level should be at least 55%.
Another aspect to consider is the behavior of your pets: claw or teeth marks may cause permanent damage to your sofa. We recommend that pet owners instead choose upholstered furniture, preferably covered with a durable and thick upholstery fabric.
Daily maintenance (periodic cleaning and maintenance)
Leather furniture requires constant maintenance and cleaning. An effective way to remove dust is to use a soft cloth or a vacuum cleaner fitted with a nozzle intended for furniture maintenance.
Gentle and light cleaning of the entire piece of furniture
Twice a year (ideally, before the start and at the end of the heating season) dissolve a small piece of mild soap in room-temperature distilled water and use this solution to clean the large surface areas of your leather furniture. You can also use special products for leather care. Always clean the entire leather panel, working from seam to seam, to make sure that such areas as cushions and arm rests are thoroughly cleaned. Repeat the cleaning procedure using a clean cloth and dry with a moisture absorbent fabric. Next, impregnate the leather by rubbing it with a special product for leather. This will protect the leather and maintain its elasticity. To prevent stains, do not pour leather care products directly onto the leather. Make sure the leather has been cleaned (periodic cleaning) before using leather care products.
Stain removal tips
– Before you start cleaning the stains, test all the cleaning and maintenance products on a hidden area of the furniture!
– The faster you remove the stain from your leather furniture, the better the result will be.
– Always work from the outside of the stain toward the centre. – Never use any solvent-based cleaning products such as turpentine- or petroleum-based products.
– Do not use shoe care products or products that contain solvents, chemical substances or impregnation products containing alcohol, etc.
– To clean leather upholstery, use dry pieces of cotton wool. Soak them in room-temperature distilled water and gently clean the stain using a circular movement, working from the outside toward the centre. Dry with a soft towel.
– If the stain does not respond to water, use a special neutral soap for leather cleaning, or a special leather care product. Soak a small piece of cotton wool in the mixture of distilled water and soap and gently rub the stain in a circular motion. Dry with a clean towel.
– For tougher stains, use a special remover pen following the provided instructions.