Natural characteristics of leather

As you probably know, real leather is an organic product.  It breathes and has a natural warmth, retaining individual characteristics which are part of the charm and beauty of real animal hide.  However, as a natural product, leather often displays markings from its part.  And as it becomes older, leather softens which in turn enhances its natural beauty.

After just a few weeks you'll find more wrinkles and creases have formed in the leather, particularly in the seating areas.  This is known as puddling effect and is exactly what you would expect from fine leather.  In fact, it's perfectly normal for cushions to loose as much as 20% of their density within the first 2 months.

General Maintenance

It's always a good idea to make sure you plump up the cushions as often as you can, as you would with a pillow.  Brushing leather with a soft brush is also recommended to remove surface dirt and dust.  Don't be surprised to see creasing appear in the seats and back cushions as this is the result or everyday flexing and is a natural characteristic of the leather.

Useful tips

  • Avoid sitting on the edge of the cushions or arms as this may cause distortion or permanent wear.
  • Avoid placing sharp objects such as toys, jewellery, buckles and heels onto the leather.
  • Greasy hair products can also damage the surface.
  • As many of you know, domestic pets sometimes have a habit of clawing or climbing on the furniture, this should be prevented to minimise damage.
  • Any household spillages should be cleaned up with a cloth and warm water.
  • Use the appropriate upholstery attachment to vacuum your furniture on a weekly basis.


Caring for your leather furniture

This care guide is intended to help you get the most out of your product and is part of our drive to create maximum pleasure and satisfaction for all our customers.  We would like to thank you for choosing The Livingroom and look forward to being of service again in the future.

Aniline leather

This is the most natural grade of premium leather and consequently the most attractive.  Delicate natural soft to the touch and with all those characteristics of real hide still visible, it has all the classic appeal of luxury leather.

Semi Aniline leather

This is a fine alternative to real Aniline leather.  It is pre-treated with a small coat of colouring to maintain its comfortable feel.  The result is soft to the touch leather which has improved resistance to wear and tear, with all its natural characteristics preserved almost to the same degree as that of full Aniline leather.

Pigmented leather

This leather is one of the most durable but is less natural in appearance.  It undergoes a light buffing process which hides many of the marks and blemishes in the hide.

Corrected Grain leather

The leather finish has been buffed to remove the majority of the marks and blemishes, thereby mostly removing evidence of the hide's natural characteristics.  It is also amongst the most durable leathers having a thicker protective coating.

Shade Variation

Ever wonder how much leather goes into making sofas? It may surprise you to know that as least eight hides are required to produce a three piece suite.  No two hides are identical in pattern or grain structure and as the dyes are applied through saturation and pigments are sprayed onto the hides each hide will take the dye/pigments in a different way.  Whilst every attempt is made to achieve a degree of consistency, it is not possible to create total uniformity.  In fact, this lack of complete uniformity helps to give the furniture its individual characteristic.


When cleaning, avoid using baby wipes or other household cleaning products on leather.  Always use an approved specialist product that has been designed for the applicable upholstery leather.

Sunlight and Heat

Your leather furniture should not be exposed to direct sunlight for long periods, as this may result in colour fading.  You can protect it by drawing curtains or blinds when the sun is particularly bright indorrs.  It's also best to avoid placing hot cups or plates onto the leather as this can cause damage.

Recliner Mechanism

Please ensure that on manual recliners, the foot rest is returned correctly, and you hear the mechanism click back into place.  On electric mechanisms please check that all wires are routed safely, and ensure that no electrical wires are twisted.  Don't sit on the foot rest & don't place your fingers down the side of the mechanism.