Q. What are the natural characteristics of leather?
A. Leather is a product of nature, thus each hide has
unique markings and a character all its own due to variance in shade and grain patterns (texture). No two hides
are alike. Some distinctive marks such as abrasions, healed scars, barbed wire nicks, stretch marks and urine
burns are acquired though out the life of the animal and are considered hallmarks of a quality leather product.
Q. How do I care for the leather?
A. Leather requires unique but simple care that will
allow your furniture to last for decades. The following recommended maintenance prolongs the life of your leather furniture:
Every month or so, simply gently wipe you leather furniture with a damp clean cloth to prevent natural body oils and
dust from creating a build up. Do not allow the leather to be soaked because this is when it is most vulnerable to
abrasion. If allowed accumulate over time, dust will get in leather pores and act as an abrasive. Following
are some suggestions for more aggressive cleaning of special stains. IMPORTANT - always try a cleaning
method in a hidden area first to convince yourself of the results and never let the leather get wet:
For stubborn spots and stains, use a weak solution of liquid Ivory soap and lukewarm water to dampen a
clean sponge and gently rub the leather to lift the stain.
For butter, oil or grease, wipe excess butter, oil or grease off the leather with a clean, dry cloth,
and then leave it alone as the spot should dissipate into the leather in a short period. Do not apply water
to try to wash butter, oil or grease spot because water does not clean oils. If the stain is still present,
purchase leather cleaner from an automotive supply or furniture store that is specially formulated with mild
solvents that will lift the stain.
Do not use saddle soaps, oils, abrasive cleaners, harsh soaps, furniture polish, varnish or ammonia
based products. The leather is permanently preserved in the tanning process and needs no maintenance other
than the simple cleaning recommended.
Q. What happens if my leather is damaged?
A. The durability of top grain leather is such
that things like keys, combs, pens, and screwdrivers will not accidentally puncture your leather. The more
likely occurrence is that a sharp or abrasive object can scratch it instead. A qualified leather repair
technician can easily repair damage to your top grain hide.