When it comes to shopping for leather furniture, be sure to keep the different leather grades in mind. There are both high and low quality leathers out there to suit many different tastes and budgets. From highest to lowest quality is: top grain, pure aniline, semi aniline, nubuck, distressed, and suede. Choosing higher quality leather ensures that you will have furniture that lasts for many years.
Check the leather sofa base very carefully to see if the leather is dyed evenly everywhere. If you notice some white gauze under the sofa, it is made out of vinyl. A genuine leather sofa should be evenly dyed, even under the sofa and between the cushions.
If you have leather furniture, you should use proper leather conditioner on them. These liquids help keep leather oiled so that it stays supple and soft. Leather conditioner can be found in home improvement stores and many leather furniture manufacturers sell their own kits to use on their furniture. If leather is not properly conditioned, it can crack and become susceptible to other types of damage.
Depending on what kinds of pets you have, consider leather furniture. Often, fur, pet hair and dander just all goes down to the floor. There, you can easily sweep or vacuum it up. Furniture cleaning is then a breeze, as you often just have to gently wipe down your furniture.
If you have small children or large pets in your home, be careful about choosing furniture made from delicate fabrics. A microfiber or hardy leather is a better choice than silk or thin cotton in such a case. Your furniture will last you longer if you follow this advice, and your whole family will be able to enjoy it.
What is your lifestyle like? You may fall in love with a white leather couch; however, if you have hyperactive pets or kids, this couch can quickly be ruined. Instead, you should purchase darker colors and tougher fabrics that can withstand more damage, such as tweed or linen, so that your furniture will last.