If you think that leather furniture isn't versatile for contemporary interiors or might not suit our local climate, these insights may just change your perception on this durable, timeless and low-maintenance upholstery option!
WHY CHOOSE LEATHER?
Leather is four times more durable than fabric. It doesn't wear out, hence there will be no loose piles or threads in the long run!
It’s actually cooling to sit on as high quality leather is very porous.
Its non-absorbent character makes it easier to clean. Households with small children and pets will find leather furniture convenient when spills occur. However, if you have pets, you may want to think twice about leather as it can get scratched easily.
For those suffering from dust allergies, leather upholstery is the recommended option.
It repels smells from cigarettes and cigars.
KNOW THE SKINS
One of the factors that determines the quality of leather is its origin. Hides from the Southern hemisphere are widely available but they show more blemishes and defects (which have to be manually altered and repaired), and aren’t as supple. Hides from the Northern hemisphere are better in quality thanks to the cooler climate but less abundant.
Leather from different parts of the animal vary in characteristics, strength and flexibility. The back and bottom parts of the hides are usually used for upholstery.
It is normal for leather to have scars, insect bites, wrinkles and veining. Parts of the hide may also be darker than the rest.
It takes 3 hides to make 1 leather sofa. The leather might look different depending on how the hide was processed – some might look aged, while others may have a “cloudy” matte finish.
Leather pieces should not sit in direct sunlight or under intense sources of light or heat. Discolouration due to exposure to sunlight, heat or air-conditioning over a prolonged period of time is common.
Remove dust regularly with a soft cloth or a vacuum cleaner.
Leather is prone to absorbing body oils. Revive your leather furniture with a mixture of one part white vinegar to two parts linseed oil. Use a clean white cloth to apply the mixture in a circular motion. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then buff with a clean cloth (when using a cleaning/conditioning agent for the first time, test it on an inconspicuous part of the furniture first).