Leather 101

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As a natural material leather is understandably less uniform than man-made materials. No two leathers are alike and you should be prepared to accept slight variations in shade, texture, and visible markings (e.g., scratches, bites, scars, wrinkles) as distinctive features unique to your furniture.

Contrary to popular belief, more expensive leather doesn’t wear better. In fact, more expensive leathers tend to be more supple (soft), meaning they often show stretching on the most commonly-used cushions. If you want a “perfect” leather opt for a less-expensive, “corrected” leather. These provide the most uniform appearance and wearability.

At Front Row we use exclusively 100% top-grain leather on all surfaces selected from the top 1-2% of commercially available leather. It costs more but ensures that your product wears evenly over time. Of course, all our leathers are selected for daily-use durability.

And don’t be fooled by industry terms like bonded leather (vinyl with leather dust glued to the back), split (a lower-quality leather), and leather match (leather seating surfaces with vinyl everywhere else). They’re all ways to save money by cutting corners.

Please contact our office if you have further questions about leather. 

How to care for your seating…

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As a natural product leather needs very little care during normal use:

  • Wipe down regularly with a moist cloth to remove dust, dirt, and grease.

  • NEVER use third-party leather cleaners.

  • Avoid direct exposure to sunlight (product will fade).

  • Never place near radiators or heaters.

If you spill on leather wipe excess liquid up immediately with a clean, absorbent cloth or sponge. You can use clean, warm water if necessary and let air dry naturally. For stubborn spots and stains use a mild, non-detergent cleaner (e.g., a bar of Ivory soap). Apply the soap to a clean, wet sponge and apply to the affected area then go over with a clean, moist (warm water) cloth.



To ensure longevity of your upholstered furniture we recommend the following:

  • Vacuum cushions once a week

  • Never use a stiff fibre or metal brush

  • If possible, reverse and rotate cushions weekly

  • Regularly hand-fluff cushions to retain their original softness and resiliency

  • Direct sunlight will fade any fabric