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Leather Facts & Care

Genuine leather has a stylish look & luxurious feel, but the choices can be confusing. Use the Sears Leather Furniture Buying Guide to help choose the pieces that work for your home.


Leather Facts & Care

Leather Facts

  • Leather is a natural product of tanned animal hide or skin.
  • As a natural product, each hide is unique, like a fingerprint. Authentic, natural characteristics are found in the best quality leathers.
  • Leather is the most durable of all upholstery materials.
  • Leather is easy to maintain.
  • Leather breathes.
  • Leather ages well.
  • Where the leather is made doesn't influence the quality. Italian leather is no better than Chinese leather, which in turn is no better than American leather and so on.

General Leather Care

  • Protect your leather pieces from direct sunlight to reduce fading. Full aniline leather is especially sensitive to light.
  • Protect from heating sources to prevent excessive drying.
  • Dust with a soft damp cloth.
  • Do not rub vigorously.
  • Do not use detergents, abrasive cleansers, solvents or saddle soap.
  • Blot up spills immediately with a clean, water dampened cloth.
  • Leather-care products can maintain the beauty, condition and durability of leather, and simplify the cleaning of spots and stains, but the wrong product can ruin the leather’s finish. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations carefully to ensure you choose the correct leather-care product.

Cleaning Spots & Stains

  • Soil: Wipe with a water dampened cloth.
  • Ink: Rub very gently with an art gum eraser.
  • Grease or oil: Wipe with a clean, dry cloth; do not use a damp cloth; let any remaining stain soak into the leather.