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Leather Information

Pigmented Leather - Pigmented Leather is any top grain leather to which a clear topcoat and pigments have been applied. The pigments are what usually give the shiny even top colour to the leather. Leather is usually pigmented to give uniformity of colour and hide its natural blemishes. Pigmented leathers are easy to maintain and have maximum resistance to wear, soiling, and fading from light.


Aniline Leather - Aniline leather is a type of leather in which high quality hides have been treated with aniline as a dye. This produces delicate, soft, supple leather. Aniline dye colours leather without producing the uniform colouring of pigmented leather. Visible variations on the surface of the leather such as natural marks or characteristics will remain visible. Full aniline leather utilises aniline dye to achieve a natural look, without any other finish.


A Characteristic of aniline Leather is one where water drops will absorb and darken the appearance of the leather.


Pull-Up Leather - Pull up leathers have been coloured with aniline dyes that are impregnated with natural based oils and /or waxes instead of being coated with paints and pigments. The oils and waxes tend to darken the original aniline dye coloration, but “pull up” the lighter colour when stretched and pulled. This pull up effect occurs as the furniture progresses through upholstery and the leather is stretched and pulled over the frame. Oils and waxes provide even more beautiful shading and unique variations.


This aniline dying process allows the scars, scratches and wrinkles that occur naturally on the leather hides to show through the finish. Pull up leathers require little maintenance. Surface scratches are more pronounced but can be removed by rubbing them with your fingertips as the warmth of your hand releases the natural oils, blending away the marks. Colour variation throughout the hide can be expected.


Never use detergents, soaps or chemical to clean the surface, as they will tend to remove the natural oils in the leather. A Characteristic of pull up leather is one bearing an oil / wax finish that lightens in colour when stretched.


Caring for Leather - Fine leather is soft, luxurious and meant to be enjoyed by the whole family. By following the recommendations for use you will be protecting and increasing the longevity of your leather. If the leather upholstery is not looked after it becomes vulnerable to damage, cracking or staining. That is why Studio Leather & Fabrics provides the Studio Leather Care Program, a total care maintenance system for your leather furniture. The following cleaning advice should be used in accordance with the Leather Care Label attached to your upholstered furniture.


Wipe down your leather once a week with a damp cloth to remove dust. Vacuum the leather with a soft brush attachment. Once every 3 months give the leather an overall clean using the Studio Leather Maintenance Kit.

LEATHER UPHOLSTERY CLEANING SERVICES:

Your upholstery investment, can be professionally cleaned by a Studio Leather & Fabrics technician in the convenience of your home. It is recommended that a professional clean be done annually.


LEATHER UPHOLSTERY REPAIR SERVICES:

Studio Leather & Fabrics offer a full repair service including frame (structural), seating (foam, webbing, and springs), stitching and recliner & sofa bed mechanisms. Leather repairs include on site touch ups to scuffs & scratch marks, and for more detailed repairs a pick-up, repair and re-delivery service is available.

Leather is unique and natural, and will improve in appearance with age and reward you with lasting service if it’s looked after properly. As leather is a natural skin there will be variations in each hide. They are completely natural and normal and should be expected in leather. Leather may stretch with use and time. You should expect leather to stretch, particularly in the seating areas of your furniture, just as you do with shoes and trousers. The texture of the leather will vary throughout the natural hide. You can expect the grain to be different from the belly, back and neck of the hide. Other factors also come into the look of the hide, such as the age of the animal and climate.


Natural characteristics of a hide include scars, stretch marks, insect bites, brand marks, veining, wrinkles, difference in grain, covered or partially covered grain and difference in shade colour. These are all natural and should be expected in the leather hide.


Leather is fire resistant and will not let off any toxic fumes, even under extreme heat. Leather also offers benefits to asthma sufferers as it does not absorb lint or dust. Leather is also naturally resistant to odours.

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