One of the unique features of leather is that it assumes a character of its own with age. It is a natural product that will have its own marks and characteristics. These are features not faults, which demonstrate the individuality of each hide used to make furniture. When choosing leather it is a trade-off between natural appearance and ease of care. Aniline leather is the most natural looking but is less resistant to soiling.
Pigmented leather is the most durable but is less natural in appearance. Semi-aniline leather is somewhere in-between on both accounts.
Care and maintenance
Leather furniture in a normal domestic environment should require little attention and any cleaning should be done only when necessary. It is not essential to the life of leather that it should be cleaned regularly but at the same time an accumulation of dirt and grease over a period of time is undesirable and obviously, the longer it is left the more difficult it will be to remove. Regular cleaning can be done simply by using a damp cloth taking care not to soak the leather.
Do not use a damp cloth or household cleaning products to clean aniline leathers. If you stain your leather or have a spillage on it, take immediate action to dab off any excess. Do not rub and do not use excess water, as water staining will occur. Contact a specialist leather cleaning company.
It is not always possible to achieve uniformity because each hide is unique in itself, swatches and display pieces should always be regarded as no more than a guide.
These characteristics are not defects and will not shorten the life of the leather, instead they enhance the natural beauty of the product.
Pigmented/corrected grain leather
This leather has a thicker surface coating to enhance durability. A polymer finish that contains pigments provides the durability. The coating is embossed using modern production techniques. Scars, bites and other natural characteristics will still be visible.
This leather is a natural looking leather with significant natural characteristics. This type of leather can contain a small amount of pigment in the surface coating. This will give some degree of protection but some shade variation should still be expected.
This leather is the most natural looking leather with all the natural characteristics of life remaining fully visible on the skin. This leather has no additional pigmentation and has little or no protective finish.
Aniline - light domestic use, single person or couple
Semi-aniline - regular use, small family/light domestic use
Pigmented - use all the time, large family with pets/domestic use