Leather is a natural animal skin and just like our own skin it needs to be looked after and maintained on a regular basis in order to prolong the life of the leather.
Leather represents more than 50% of upholstered furniture sold today. There are a number of different types of leather ranging from: Pigmented, Aniline, Wax Pull-up, Oil Pull-up, Antique effect finish, Two-tone pigment, Bi-cast and Nu-buck. Each of these leathers needs a different method of cleaning.
Pigmented leather is a leather that is coated with a pigment that gives it a top coat. This is the most popular type that is sold for furnishing and is very resilient if looked after and maintained.
All leather furniture is recommended by the manufacturers to be deep cleaned or professionally cleaned once or twice a year depending on usage and colour.
Consumers have quickly realised the many benefits of leather, including:
- It is more durable than fabric so it lasts longer.
- Leather adjusts to body temperature making it very comfortable to sit on.
- Leather production these days is very sophisticated which enables manufacturers to create many looks to suit a wide variety of homes and styles.
- Leather is now more affordable and there are suites to suit all pockets.
- Leather can be cleaned and cared for easily, and when done properly, maintains a high level of appearance throughout its life.