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  • Why should I buy leather?

  • What are the natural characteristics of leather?

  • What kind of leather do you use?

  • How do I care for the leather?

  • What happens if my leather is damaged?

    Q. Why should I buy leather?

    A. Our top grain leather is one of the most durable and comfortable upholstery materials in existence. Not only does its natural strength withstand the rigors of repeated use, but also it is also very cleanable and has the unique ability to conduct body heat and moisture just like our own skin. Although the initial investment of quality leather upholstery can be higher than fabric, leather is actually a great value because of its special qualities mentioned above and with proper care can be expected to last for decades.

    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. What kind of leather do you use?

    A. Our leather is semi-aniline dyed top grain cowhide. Semi-aniline means the leather crusts are through-dyed the same color as the top surface so if there is a scratch it will hardly show. These hides are lightly corrected to provide consistent color and feel from hide to hide. An applied finish coat to the surface serves as a protection against stains and spills.

    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.