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Leather sofas feel like the epitome of luxury. They're cool, elegant and synonymous with exceptional quality. They are also unique, as leather is a natural material with certain characteristics that sets it apart from other fabrics.
We want you to know exactly what you're buying before you pick out your perfect leather piece, so we've created this guide to understanding leather pooling and creasing. Read on to find out exactly what you can expect from your leather sofa.
Leather Pooling, Creasing & Folds
Leather is a natural material made from animal hide that stretches when it is used. Your leather sofa will fold, crease and pool from day one, making the material over the seats look stretched or loose. It's important to understand that this is not a fault. It's a normal characteristic of leather that will occur to some degree in just about every leather sofa, even the most premium quality pieces. The only instance where you may not get folds, creasing and pooling is if you choose a sofa with really dense foam and very thick hide, like contract sofas used in commercial spaces. The downside is that these sofas are designed for durability over comfort, so you won't get that luxurious feeling of sinking into a sofa-as-butter leather cocoon.
Caring For Your Leather Sofa
Although you can't prevent creasing and pooling, there are some techiques you can use to right care techniques and maintenance. These are our top tips - but remember, you will experience a degree of pooling even if you use these.
Dress Your Sofa
Sofa dressing is a technique you can use to smooth the leather and plump up the seats. Using clean, dry hands, start by smoothing your cushions from the centre to the outside following a horizontal then vertical line. Start again at the centre again and repeat the process, this time smoothing the cushions diagonally out to each corner. Make sure you smooth the leather right to the edges of the seats and tuck down the sides and back. Don't overdo it - once along each line is enough.
Avoid UV Rays
UV rays are not friendly to leather — they can dry it out and potentially cause cracks. While there are UV protectants on the market*, the best solution is to place your leather sofa away from direct sunlight.
The best way to clean your leather sofa is by gently dusting then wiping it down with a soft, damp cloth. Start by using a dry microfibre cloth to dust off any lint. You can also use a vacuum cleaner with soft brush attachment for hard to reach places. Once dusted, gently wipe the sofa with a cloth dampened with distilled water*. Don’t soak the leather and never use detergents. Ensure it has properly air dried before you sit on it.
We're Here To Help
If you need advice on caring for or cleaning your leather sofa, give us a call. We have great relationships with our suppliers and can speak to the manufacturers of your particular sofa for info. Send us a whastapp and we'll get right back to you.
*We do not advocate the use of any cleaning product or protectant on your leather sofa. If you choose to do this on a sofa you've bought from us, we will not be able to assist with any faults that arise from the use of these products.
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