A quality leather sofa is perhaps the most confident upgrade you can make to your living room furniture. Savvy buyers recognize that by purchasing durable leather furniture, they’re investing long-term in an item that could very easily become a family heirloom.
But as with all durable goods, a leather sofa requires appropriate care. Muenchens Furniture is Greater Cincinnati’s respected leader in top-quality furniture, and they are here to explain the differences between types of leather furniture and the best care for each.
3 Primary Types of Leather Furniture
Aniline leather is perhaps the purest form of leather used in furniture, in that it is dyed purely with soluble aniline dyes with no topcoat or finish. While many consider this the finest method of dying leather, aniline leathers of low grade may more readily display flaws and blemishes than leathers prepared with other methods. This more distinctive, varied look may be desirable for those who seek a truly unique piece of furniture.
Care: Clean with a soft cloth, vacuum with a soft brush extension, and rub the leather with a cleaning solution as directed to preserve its quality.
Aniline Plus Leather
Aniline plus leather is similar to aniline leather but has undergone further processing to fine-tune its color and finish. Most notable among the differences is the pigment added, offering a wider range of color. Aniline plus leather also may be treated to make a smoother-looking finish and to improve stain resistance. This is the most common type of leather used in leather furniture.
Care: Similar to aniline leather, clean with soft cloth, soft brush extension, and cleaning solution.
Nubuck is top-grain leather that has been sanded or buffed to give it a feel and appearance resembling suede. While this finish is desirable, nubuck may be more prone to staining and fading than aniline or aniline plus leathers and may require specialized products for cleaning and care.
Care: Use a product specially designed for nubuck as directed in order to combat staining, fading, and body oils on your leather sofa.
Regardless of which type of leather you decide is best to upholster the centerpiece of your living room furniture, Muenchens Furniture can help you find the best leather furniture options at either of their two locations in Hamilton and Amelia. Call Muenchens Furniture today at (513) 843-7107 to talk about your new leather sofa, or visit their website to peruse their entire catalog.