Caring for your leather sofa

Leather behaves differently to fabric, therefore to ensure your leather sofa stays looking good for longer, there are a few things you can do.

Dust your suite regularly, and gently remove any spills with a clean, damp cloth. Only use ScS recommended cleaning products otherwise this may affect your statutory rights and guarantee.

Be aware the denim or other non-colourfast fabrics may transfer dye onto your furniture, particularly on light leather colours.



Leather stretch

In the first few weeks of use, all leather stretches, creases and wrinkles. This is a characteristic of real leather which enhances its look and authenticity.

Natural marks and blemishes

Grain variations, insect bites, healed scars and wrinkles and veins demonstrate the life of the animal and are part of the natural look and characteristics of real leather.

Endurance leather

Endurance leather has the look and feel of natural leather, but with a much improved resistance to marks and scratching. Beautifully soft, yet highly durable, Endurance improves with age, so your new sofa will stay looking good for years to come. The highly durable endurance leather is made from 70% leather and man-made fibres.

Aniline leather

Aniline leather will carry a number of natural markings due to the way it has been tanned and dyed. It receives very little coating or surface finish to maintain its natural look and feel. This type of leather will adopt a ‘lived in’ look within a short time of use.

This is normal and part of its appeal. As this is a very natural, untreated leather, you will find shading variations between panels and the original colour swatch from which you made your purchase.

Corrected and pigmented leather

This is a dyed leather which has had a pigment applied to the surface offering good protection. A hide has a grain pattern embossed then sealed this generally makes the natural characteristics of leather less visible making it easier to care for.

Nubuck and suede leather

Nubuck and suede leathers are buffed on the outside to show a velvet-like nap. They have no surface coating and are therefore easily soiled and flattened on the surface.

Antiqued leather

Antiqued leather has a two-tone effect, with the top colour being darker than the base colour. As the top colour wears off, more of the lighter colour will show through. This will occur more frequently on the areas that get more use (e.g. seat cushions and armrests).

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