Leather is a natural product. It breaths, is warm and has individual characteristics which make each hide unique. Leather will always display traces of its origin such as brands, scars, creases and growth. These hallmarks add character to the suite and do not affect the wearing qualities of the product. Leather is highly resilient and durable, and over time, develops a patina that increasingly enhances its appeal. Leather surfaces can stretch over time, resulting in a relaxed appearance on the seat cushions and the back of seating surfaces, this is a natural characteristic of leather.

Leather needs very little special care but, to get the most out of your investment, you should follow the general guidelines below:

Always protect your suite from direct sunlight, as this will accelerate the natural ongoing discolouration process.

On pigmented leather, dust should be removed by vacuuming and wiping with a slightly damp cloth, using a solution of warm water and mild soap on a regular basis. Never use abrasives such as household polish, which may damage the treated surface of the leather.

Suede, nubuck and aniline leathers require particular care, as they lack a protective coating. Use products specifically designed for these types of finish and follow instructions carefully. Always test any cleaning process on an unseen area.

Never place leather furniture against any heating sources such as a radiator.

To remove spillages, do not rub into the leather as this will cause staining. Liquids should be quickly raised from the leather by using the edge of absorbent paper towels and then dabbing the area slightly with clean towels. Sweat or perspiration may cause harm to leather. In particular it can cause colour loss and cracking of leather.

To minimise the risk of this happening in heavily used areas such as the armrest and headrest, we advise that the cleaning instructions are regularly adhered to. Seat, arm and back cushions should, where possible, be regularly plumped up to maintain the shape of your suite.

Try to avoid sitting on the edges of cushions or arms, as this may cause uneven wear and distortion of the padding and leather. Where xips are used, these should not be required to be unfastened, as they are there for ease of manufacture. certain non-colourfast clothing, such as denim, can stain light coloured leather if it comes into regular contact.

Sharp objects may scratch the surface. Castor cups are useful to reduce indentations on carpets and wood flooring. Strong sunlight can cause leather to fade and crack. If you need any additional help or advice, feel free to call in or telephone us to speak to one of our advisers. Further information about leather can also be found on www.all-about-leather.co.uk.