Because leather is a natural product, much like our skin, it tends to get dry in the winter when our furnaces are on and humidity levels are low. So when you’re out stocking up on hand creams and moisturizers this season, pick up a leather conditioner, too, and apply it once before each winter – it will help keep the moisture in your material and prolong the overall life of your furniture!
It’s pretty hard to rip through or tear leather – it’s a durable product with inherent strength (and is naturally sturdy thanks to years being both nurtured and exposed to the elements). Many leathers have distinctive markings on them that are the result of scarring or natural “imperfections” (none of which break the surface of the finished leather) and should be considered contributions to the character of the overall piece, not issues to be fixed – this is part of the charm of leather! That being said, if you do happen to put a fresh tear or rip in your furniture, there are companies that are equipped to repair it using patches – contact us for more details.
Lastly, acidic or oil-based liquids can stain leather, so those are what you really want to watch out for. In addition, white and light-coloured leathers, while striking, can be marked by denim, newspaper ink, and permanent markers, so take those into consideration before investing in a light-coloured piece.