The Major Benefits of Owning a Classic Leather Sofa
The strength of real leather and how the leather sofa or leather sectional sofa is constructed gives it a long lasting durability. The best leather is genuine top-grain leather. Faux leather isn't very durable in comparison and vinyl/bonded leathers deteriorate in a short span of time making them a waste of money. As long as the genuine leather is maintained well and kept away from sharp objects (just as you should a cloth sofa) and direct sunlight exposure, the leather sofa will last for a very long time. In fact, leather is so reliable that it can outlast at least three to four fabric sofas in the same span of time.
If you have pets or children, then it is recommended to go for the pigmented leather since it has an excellent protective coating, is tough to puncture, and is very easy to clean/care for. Another type of leather recommendation is to get protected aniline since it will have a protective coat added. This allows you to have the best of both worlds, have your pets and your luxurious leather sofa.
The type of leather used, type of inner coil suspension, and the type of wood used to make the frame are what give your leather sofa that long-lasting lifespan. The quality of a classic leather sofa is what makes it a good investment. Aniline is the most recommended for top-quality leather furniture, especially on a classic leather sofa. For those who need something that can be a little more stain resistant try semi-aniline or protected aniline, this type has an added protective coating that seals it and prevents staining.
Leather sofas can be very comfortable and even comfier over time. Aniline and semi-aniline leather are two of the softest leather options for a sofa. Leather is one of those types of materials that will be warm in the winter and cool in the summer due to its neat feature of absorbing and releasing moisture making leather the perfect year round upholstery.
There are various styles to suit a variety of tastes and budgets. The different types of leather come in a small variety of natural, neutral colors, ranging from a pale white to various shades/hues of brown to charcoal black. Any wear or scuffs on the leather will still retain the color of the leather and add to the aged patina look of your classic leather sofa. Each leather piece is also unique with a variety of natural markings, grains, and range marks.
Long-Term Cost Benefits of Owning a Classic Leather Sofa
Depending on the type of leather used (aniline, semi-aniline, pigmented, etc.) and the various other structural components of the sofa, it should last you many years. This makes it one of the more cost-efficient items to have in your home. A classic leather sofa never goes out of style and it makes for a great heirloom to pass on down through the family.
The Health Benefits of Leather and Leather Furniture
Leather furniture is the most hypoallergenic in comparison to other materials. Leather doesn't hold onto dust, pet dander, or other allergens like fabric and other common materials used to make sofas. If your leather sofa has a recliner option it will help those who have poor circulation, help you sit more comfortably with little effort, and help women who are pregnant to sit comfortably enough to relax their body.
Care and Cleaning Tips for Your Leather Sofa
Leather can be fairly easy to clean and maintain, which makes it one of the more desirable materials on a piece of furniture. Be sure to read and refer to the specific care instructions given with your leather furniture sofa.
Basic care tips:
- Under normal usage, you should use a regular dry cloth for dusting. If you have leather furniture with removable cushions, you should vacuum the crevices and along the bottom of the furniture.
- If you are unsure, ask about which leather furniture conditioner is best for your leather sofa. Leather furniture should be conditioned every so often depending on how heavily used the sofa or leather furniture is.
- For any potential butter, oil, or grease stains, wipe off the excess with a clean, dry cloth, and then leave the stain alone as the spot should dissipate into the leather after a short period of time.
- Should any stain persist, it is recommended that a professional leather cleaning specialist cleans the leather to avoid any potential damage to the leather itself or try Wellington's Leather Cleaner & Conditioner.
- For all minor spills, stains, and spots wipe up any and all excess liquid immediately with a clean, absorbent cloth and/or sponge. If needed, use a lightly damp cloth with a little water and clean just the entire area of the spot, stain, or spill and then let it air dry naturally.
Things to avoid with leather furniture:
- Keep the leather sofa and any leather furniture out of direct sunlight and direct light. Direct sunlight and direct light exposure will cause the leather to slowly degrade and fade over time.
- Do not use detergent soaps, oils, varnishes, ammonia water, cleaning solvents, abrasive cleaners, or furniture polish on the leather furniture.
- Do not use soap nor soak the stain heavily with water. This may cause more damage to the leather than the stain itself.
- If you are unsure of the cleaning method, try the method on a small spot that is least likely to be seen on the furniture or, if you have any leather samples, use the leather sample instead.
Wellington's fine leather furniture store offers a wide selection of classic leather sofas for an excellent price to fit your budget, your tastes, and your space! Contact Wellington's via email, phone, or live chat for all ordering and questions regarding the various furniture selections.