LEATHER CARE

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AND CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS

Leather should be wiped regularly with a dry soft cloth to prevent the accumulation of dust. Never use detergents to clean leather. Dab spills immediately with a soft dry absorbent cloth. Condition your leather approximately every 9-12 months using a good quality hide food which contains softening and nourishing agents.
Use a leather care conditioner that is suitable for all leather types. For leather types that absorb liquids/perspiration, we recommend you use a leather protector. This product should be used before the leather is damaged as it prevents liquids from being absorbed.
For more information on these products, contact the retailer from where you purchased your lounge suite.

UNDERSTANDING OUR LEATHERS

Corrected Grain Leather:

La-Z-Boy Standard CG and studio ranges
Corrected Grain (Pigmented) leather has an applied surface finish of pigments and sealer coats. It is therefore better able to resist marking and spillages, but has a colder, firmer feel due to the correction process. It has a regular texture that is printed onto the heavily pigmented surface and disguises the irregularities within the hide.

Semi-Aniline Leather:

Kudu, Impala

This type of leather is stylish and more natural looking. The finish is a mixture of dye and pigment, which gives a uniform look, but does not disguise all-natural markings and scars on the hide, which should not be seen as faults.
These markings are what gives leather furniture its character and authenticity and differentiates this leather from Corrected Grain.
We always endeavour to provide a degree of uniformity, but to produce a couch it may take at least three hides and as no two hides are identical there may be substantial variation in shade and texture even within the same hide. This is a characteristic of the leather and is what distinguishes Semi Aniline leather from Corrected Grain. This gives this leather type a softer handle and more natural appeal.

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Full Aniline Leather:

Kalahari, Zambezi, Karroo, Kodiac, Nuvo, Buffalo-Genuine Buffalo, Nyathi, Odingo

Full Aniline leather is the most rewarding for leather connoisseurs. It has a wonderful silky touch, and the look has great depth. An aniline finish is pure-dye (dyed through), then sprayed with a dye-mixture and substances that do not disguise any natural markings and scars on the hide. These markings should not be seen as faults, but natural variations that give our leather furniture its character and authenticity. We always endeavour to provide a degree of uniformity, but to produce a couch it may take at least three hides and as no two hides are identical, there may also be substantial variation in shade and texture even within the same hide. This is a property of the leather and is what distinguishes Full Aniline as the leather for the connoisseur. This gives the leather a distinctively unique look. With age, your leather furniture will mould to your body shape and colours may mellow and change according to its use and environment, making the piece of furniture uniquely your own.

Full Aniline leather tends to absorb body oils and perspiration, which will cause leather to darken on contact areas. Aniline leather finish is sensitive to light – please keep away from windows and areas with direct sunlight.

Semi Nu-Buck:

African Buffalo, Bombardier, Serengetti, Timberland, Woodland, Colorado

Semi nu-buck is buffed aniline leather with all the natural markings, dyed through, giving a velvety suede touch, yet with an authentic rugged appearance. Shade variations are normal and add to the character of the aged look. This leather type will take on natural skin oils from body contact and has a tendency to go darker, shinier and smoother in these areas – this is a natural occurrence and will enhance the characteristic of the leather with time.

Indigenous Range:

Gemsbok (genuine Gemsbok)

This unique full aniline leather derived from this magnificent migratory antelope is strong, supple, and silky to the touch. The average size of a Gemsbok hide is only 3m² – 60% of a bovine hide. In order to survive in the very dry semi desert and desert conditions of the Kalahari and the Namib, Gemsbok store water in their hide. This results in a soft spongy-like texture.
The large hair follicles evident on the skin surface allow the course hair breathing passage to ventilate the animal in the extreme heat conditions. The fibre structure of the hide is therefore open allowing tanning agents to penetrate freely. The result is a robust leather ideal for smaller upholstered furnishings.
Shade variations are normal and natural defects are very evident, mainly as a result of the struggle for dominance in the herd where sharp horns are used as instruments to battle, damaging the hides.
All hides are sourced through strictly controlled culling programmes in Namibia.

Pull-Up Leather:

Crazy Horse (mild pull-up), Rustica ranges (aggressive pull-up), Bushveld (bovine) (aggressive pull-up)

Only selected bovine hides are used for Pull-up leather with Rustica and Bushveld showing the greater degree of natural markings. It is a natural product with unique characteristics. Thorns, tick-bites, and scratches leave their traces on a hide and are natural marks only manufactured by nature. The leather is dyed to colour with aniline dyes with no surface pigmentation. Shade variations are normal and add to the character of the aged look.
The oil pull-up effect re-creates an ‘olde worlde’ finish, which lightens under stress and darkens with body oils and perspiration. This phenomenon applies more to aggressive than to mild pull-up.
All these characteristics re-affirm the purchase of an authentic leather product and make each product unique in appearance.

Semi-Aniline Leather – Sauvage Type

Cumulus Leather (Bovine)

This semi-aniline product is dyed through, slightly corrected, and then pigmented. The first pigmentation process is lighter, and the final is a darker shadow spray application.
As this leather is finished and conditioned, it is not necessary to apply any cleaners or conditioners – simply dust and wipe with a damp cloth occasionally.

No aerosol products are to be used on this leather type

Failure to follow these instructions will render our guarantee null and void. All semi-aniline leathers are fairly light sensitive and to avoid fading should be kept away from windows and direct sunlit areas.

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Leather Uppers

Leather Uppers is a name given to La-Z-Boy® suites and chairs covered in:
Genuine leather on all body contact areas and imitation/synthetic leather on the non-body contact areas.

Genuine leather areas:

All that is needed to care for your leather suite is to dust your suite regularly with a soft damp cloth. Dirt can be removed by wiping it down with warm water and soap. DO NOT use solvents or detergents.

Condition the genuine leather areas approximately every 9-12 months, using a good quality hide food which contains softening and nourishing agents. This will prevent the leather from drying out and cracking over time.

We recommend using a leather care conditioner which is suitable for all leather types. For leather types that absorb liquids/perspiration, we recommend you use a leather protector. This product should be used before the leather is damaged as it prevents liquids from being absorbed.

For more information on these products, contact the retailer from where you purchased your lounge suite.

Synthetic areas: Dust regularly with a soft damp cloth. Dirt can be removed by washing with warm water and soap. Do not use hide food, solvents, detergents, or furniture polish, as this will cause synthetic to harden and crack.