4. Easy Maintenance
Caring for leather is a breeze. To clean, simply wipe down with a damp cloth (use
distilled water), then let the leather air dry. Wipe up spills with a soft cloth or use manufacturer's recommended products.
A Guide to Understanding Leather
Due to its durable long lasting nature, and aesthetic beauty, leather is an optimal
material when it comes to furniture construction. Thanks to the wide variety of
leathers available, this once considered out-of-reach luxury item has become increasingly affordable over the years.
Understanding and shopping for leather furniture can be difficult. It's easy to get
confused as to why some leather sofas are extremely expensive, while others are very
moderately priced. When it comes right down to it, the price tag is a direct reflection
of the quality of the hide and the finishing process used in its production. After
all, all leather is not created equally. There are pro's and cons to each type, but
ultimately you need to decide what type of leather is best for you, your living space,
and your wallet.
A. Pure Aniline Leather
Pure Aniline is the finest leather available, made from thick full grain hides.
Full, or top grain leather is considered the very best, and is priced accordingly.
This high end leather is classified as 'unfinished' because it is colored strictly
with dyes, while other leathers are categorized as 'finished' since they undergo a
secondary coloring process. Pure Aniline leathers are extremely beautiful, soft and
supple to the touch, and rich in color. They develop a lovely patina over time.
The leather's natural beauty is accentuated by the dye, giving the furniture a luxurious
look and feel. Only the finest hides can qualify to be unfinished, so unsurprisingly,
it's the most expensive type of leather.
While no doubt they are the nicest, pure aniline leathers are also the most difficult
to maintain. They look great with age, but must be conditioned. Also, due to their
porous nature and to the fact that they don't have a protective coating, they stain
quite easily and scratches are hard to hide. If this leather is exposed to too much
sunlight, the color fades quickly.