So what are the real grades of leather and how do we identify the best quality of leather in our furniture pieces ??
Leather is the hide or skin of a mammal, cow,pig or goat which has been made pliable into top layer and inner layers and resistant to decay by a chemical treatment called tanning.The top layer of the hide is the highest quality of leather..
- Vegetable tanning is used for large heavy cow hides
- Chromium salt tanning for the lighter hides sheep, lambs, pigs,goats
We all love a high quality leather piece of furniture to enjoy and display in our modern homes,receptions and offices,Leather sofas in particular are a good investment as they last four times longer than the fabric sofas and usually provide a more clamour touch to our interior designs.Sofas manufacturers have applied so many techniques to create different grade leather furniture in order to make it affordable to a fast variety of customers at different prices..
**Grades of Real Leather Furniture**
Key Features : Very ideal for office,reception and decor use..
2/ Semi Aniline Leather:
3/ Corrected Leather :
What is a Faux Leather ?
Faux leather is a fake leather meant to imitate tanned animal hide--real leather. Frequently it is made from a polyurethane laminate. Faux leather can also be defined as "Naugahyde," a trademarked term for fake leather...
Accoring to Wikipidea :
Naugahyde (sometimes abbreviated to Nauga) is an American brand of artificial leather ("pleather"). Naugahyde is a composite of a knit fabric backing and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic coating. It was developed by United States Rubber Company,
Tips and Warnings :
- Dust or vacuum regularly
- Use lukewarm distilled water for spills or stains to prevent watermark rings or stains.
- Use a soft cloth like a chamois or a soft sponge to prevent scratches or abrasions.
- Wipe lightly in one direction.
- Blot with a dry cloth and let the leather air dry naturally.
- Do not place furniture on or near heat sources. Heat can cause natural leather to crack and age prematurely.
Remember Leather is a natural product and requires some care to maintain the natural beauty of the hide.
- For minor or slight scratches on the surface, use chamois or clean fingers to gently buff the scratch.
- Not all scratches have the same depth so the technique may not work on deeper scratches. The friction and heat from the rubbing helps redistribute the wax in the surrounding area to cover the scratch.