Know How: Why is the Colour Coming Off Your Leather Sofa?

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.

Take a look at our leather sofas.

darcy leather chesterfield sofa

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, crack and split over several years as this is a natural quality of the material, which is unpreventable. This will always add to the worn look of a sofa and should never cheapen it. Read our blog, if you would like to know how to repair a leather sofa.

Our Holmes snuggler looks comfy and inviting pictured here in our Distressed Leather.

Holmes leather snuggler chair

We offer three types of the best quality leather:

  1. Distressed Leather

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

  1. Classic Leather

A superior quality, stunning aniline, Italian leather. Our 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.

  1. Rancher Leather

A naturally drummed British grain, it’s been 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.

Order free swatches of our leathers to feel the quality for yourself.

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 is wipeable, meaning it can be a good choice for family homes with young children and pets.

Our George chair looks sleek and elegant picture here in our Rancher Leather.

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.

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