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Leather… so soft, so comfortable, durable, high value, allergy resistant, low odor retention… leather is beautiful! However, common problems associated to leather include:

Natural fats & oils are withdrawn from leather by perspiration, body oils & UV rays – they dry leather out. This results in the leather finish splitting, in time – cracking into the hide itself, weak leather eventually develops holes & tears. Your furniture needs leather conditioners to restore oils & fats that are naturally in leather to prevent this.

Damaged finishes. There are a number of finish styles to leather resulting in many styles of leather. Damaged finishes can happen by scuffs, scrapes, dry leather, and many other causes. Most of these can be repaired to a significant degree. It is amazing to see how many things can be repaired with minimal notice to the common user or visitor.

Leather has 3 basic types:

  • Protected – also known as Pigmented, Painted, or Finished.
  • Analine – also known as Natural, Naked, or Unprotected.
  • Nubuck – also known as Suede, Bomber or Distressed.

Protected Leather is by far the most common leather on furniture today. Its high level of family life practicality make it a good choice for many today. You can find it at every furniture store. You have probably been told to just wipe it when needed with a damp cloth. While this is true for day to day activities, it still needs professional care & maintenance! Your store probably recommended that you buy their leather kit. This too is a great idea. Your furniture needs that kind of attention every 6 – 9 months, depending on use. Too many forget to keep this up. However, professional care is still recommended every 2 – 3 years depending on use. Our protectors have the correct types of oils & fats to restore leather and our application process gets it in deeper than your home kits will.

Analine Leathers can de identified by using your fingernail to scratch the surface. If it scratches easily – you have an analine dye style of leather. It has a soft, soft surface or ‘feel’.This is considerably less family oriented leather as it has tiny open pores throughout the surface of the leather, meaning that more spills will penetrate in than a protected leather. Many of these spills may not be removable and will remain throughout the life of the furniture. It is a ‘somewhat’ repairable leather surface – but not as much as protected leather.

Nubuck Leather looks like the finest of velvets you have ever seen. Very few stores will sell it. Very expensive! This ‘decorator’ furniture has very low family practicality. It has many open pores and even perspiration can cause permanent stains. Very expensive to maintain – yearly, with limited potential results.

For most readers of this article, protected furniture has the most usefulness and practicality in your home. Regardless of leather style, maintain it as suggested and you will get many years of great use from it. Neglect it – and it lives as long as other furniture.

We use LeatherMaster products only as developed in Italy with the help and endorsement of more than 80% of leather manufacturers. It has by far the widest selection of product available for many different leather conditions.