How to Care for Leather

Trasimeno leather sofa

This brief guide refers to leather upholstery on selected furniture, using Hermes, Bonanza, Grenada, Rancho and Antigo leathers.

Heavy domestic.
Finish: Multi-coats of pigments + Protective coating sealer.
A very practical, pigmented, corrected grain leather. This is regarded as the most practical for upholstery leathers. It may feel stiff when new but will soften with use and has good resistance to colour loss.

Bonanza, Grenada and Rancho:
Light to medium domestic.
Finish: Protective coating sealer.
Semi aniline leathers, retaining natural features, with a light protective coat. Semi-aniline leather is produced in a similar way to pure-aniline, but has a thin protective top coat added to protect it from wear and staining. Like aniline leather, it is usually manufactured from high-grade hides with few natural markings. It is suited for medium to light wear use. Semi-aniline is very soft and often show the natural markings of the hide such as healed scars, growth marks.

Light to medium domestic.
Finish: Wax and/or oil coating
A semi aniline leather finished with a protective wax or oil coat (or both) that gives an antique patina with use. These leather-specific oils and waxes provide a protective coating and enhance the visual effect of the base dye colour. It is highly resistant to dirt wear. This leather may lighten in colour over time and may require recoating of the oil and wax.

Leather care:
Leather is a very durable upholstery material and can give many years, sometimes decades, of use. But, as always, thre greater care you take of it, the longer it will last. Here are a few key tips to maintaining your leather furniture in top condition.

  • Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight which can cause leather to fade
  • Avoid direct heat – don't place your sofa or armchair too close to the fire. Heat can cause even the best leathers to dry and crack.
  • Body and cosmetic oils and creams, and perspiration, can discolour leather and damage the protective coating. 
  • With a soft, clean brush, vacuum your leather furniture frequently to remove abrasive particles than can scratch and damage surface coatings.
  • Only use specified leather cleaners - do not use regular domestic cleaning sprays or detergents.
  • Condition your leather furniture with a reputable leather conditioner at least once or twice a year. This will keep your leather in great condition – supple and soft.

Garda leather sofa