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Why is the Colour Coming Off Your Leather Sofa?

On a good quality, well-made sofa, the leather should never come off. If this is happening to your sofa, then to put it simply: it is poor quality leather. When a leather is coated with a coloured paint or varnish, either by a roller or by glueing a coloured foil on top, after a few years (sometimes less) of use, you will likely find that this layer either wears away or peels off.

Good quality leathers should not peel. They may crack and fade ever so slightly, but they should not peel. When a good quality leather fades, it does so gently, and contributes to the worn look of the furniture, giving it a relaxed and well-loved look. Cheaper leathers will crack, split and peel and look unsightly.

If your leather sofa is peeling, you will probably want to consider replacing it with a better quality one.

Good Quality Leather

Top-quality aniline leather is not coated with a plastic-like film, which means it will not peel off. It will, however, wear and age naturally over several years as this is an authentic quality of the material, which is unpreventable. This will always add to the worn look of a sofa and should never cheapen it. 

Types of leather :

Distressed Leather

A superior quality, stunning aniline, Italian leather. Distressed leather has a worn-in look for a more traditional, aged style. With naturally occurring colour variations, distressed leather creates a dramatic focal point for any room.

Classic Leather

A superior quality, stunning aniline, Italian leather. Classic leather is super soft and great for classic shapes and designs. The smooth, sleek finish creates a chic and sophisticated addition to any room.

Rancher Leather

A naturally drummed British grain, tanned with luxurious oils to create a rich deep colour with quirk and character. It’ll age well and weather beautifully; just as nature intended.

Leather works exceptionally well on all sofa designs, from contemporary to traditional, as well as chairs and footstools. It is a durable, natural fabric that can be wipeable. 

Top Tip:

You should always care for leather by wiping up spills straight away with a damp, muslin cloth and using an approved leather fabric protector.