Leather is a durable product that can be processed in a number of ways.
One of the most common leather finishes is called Analine or semi-analine. Typically this will come from a full grain leather which has not been sanded, buffed or snuffed (as opposed to top-grain or corrected leather) to remove imperfections on the surface of the hide. This type of grain has breathability, and will develop a patina during it’s lifetime which keeps it from wearing out for much longer periods of time.
To care for your leather furniture to keep it looking it’s best and to also prolong it’s life here are a few suggestions:
- Wipe down the leather with a dry clean cloth
- Vacuum the leather to remove the dust in the crevices.
- Always clean spills immediately with a dry clean cloth, using a moistened cloth only if necessary. If the area is still damp, wipe again with a dry cloth and fully dry.
- Avoid soaking the leather in water or soap as this can damage the leather and the initial stain you are trying to remove.
- Never use any products that are not designed specially for leather as they can be very damaging.
- If you have small scratches in the leather you can buff out using a clean micro fibre cloth.
- If possible, keep your leather furniture out of direct sunlight as it will dry the leather out and it will fade in colour over time.
- Most importantly, apply a leather conditioner regularly to keep your furniture form craving and drying out which will prolong its life. This product can be purchased from your furniture store and you should expect to condition your leather furniture once every six to 12 months depending on application guidelines.