Is Your Leather Sofa Flaky?
Is your leather sofa starting to flake? Or are you afraid it will and want to keep it in the best possible condition for as long as possible? Then you've come to the right place.
This guide tells you everything you need to know about how and why your sofa can flake and what you can do to prevent this and other damage to your favourite leather furniture. You might even be surprised to learn why certain types of leather sofas can start to flake. Read on to learn more.
WIIS'IDEA leather sofas are made from premium leather and upholstered with a finish, making them perfect for relaxing with the family.
The truth about leather sofas that flake.
Leather is a beautiful material. With proper care, it will last almost indefinitely, and its appearance will improve over time. However, it needs to be cared for and nourished to perform at its best. Problems such as cracking and flaking can occur when it starts to dry. However, this is only part of the story.
In summary, the answer to whether a leather sofa will peel is both yes and no. Technically, leather does not crack or flake, but the pigments and finishes used can crack and flake. This is usually due to the wrong type of product being used to treat the leather, or it can also be due to the treatment method used by the manufacturer. You should do a few things to ensure that the leather does not crack or flake. First, ensure the sofa is not exposed to extreme temperatures or direct sunlight. Your leather sofa should also be regularly maintained by keeping it moist and reducing the humidity in any room where the leather furniture is located.
The higher the quality of the leather, the less likely it is to crack. Good quality natural leather that has been properly treated will never flake. Cheap leather is usually of poor quality and more prone to flaking. This is especially true of bonded leather.
The difference between genuine leather and bonded leather.
Bonded leather is a cheaper alternative to high-quality leather, which is often reflected in the price. Bonded leather could be better, but the price is much lower. Bonded leather is made from leather trimmings and small pieces of leather glued or bonded together with an adhesive before being attached to a polyurethane coating. Because this type of leather does not have the same elasticity or flexibility as real leather, the synthetic coating can peel off.
Some people believe that glued leather is not real leather at all. Although it is not identical to real leather, it is one step better than "fake" leather. This material does not contain real leather but is made entirely from industrial materials such as PVC or PU. This artificial leather is generally cheaper and behaves differently from bonded or real leather. The durability and flexibility of faux leather are very low, and it usually starts to fade after a short period (usually only a few months).
Classic medieval, modern styles, such as the WIIS'IDEA three-seater leather sofa, are ideal for the homeowner, as their open silhouette allows easy cleaning.
Will the leather flake off?
If the leather is 100% genuine, it will never flake off. No part of the material will separate from the rest of the leather, just like the rest of the leather (except for the surface treatment). However, if the leather dries out and is not treated properly, it will deteriorate and become brittle. This is why it is so important to treat products (such as leather chairs or sofas) once a year with a conditioner or moisturiser for leather. Proper care and maintenance can prevent such problems from occurring.
If your leather sofa is peeling, it is probably a bonded leather product made from inferior leather material, or a treatment or pigment/finish has been removed from the surface of the leather. Remove this pigment or treat it with a special leather cleaner. However, if you are unsure and want to protect your furniture, you can always seek the help of a professional furniture cleaner or leather restorer.
The advantages and disadvantages of leather
If leather requires so much care and attention, why would you choose leather over a fabric sofa or velvet armchair? Because the leather has many advantages. Yes, it may need a little maintenance from time to time, but even on a large sofa, this can take less than an hour a year. A light cleaning and wiping down with a conditioner takes no time at all and will extend the life of your leather sofa.
This ease of care makes leather an important investment. The timeless material and design also add a touch of warmth to your interior and guarantee furniture that you will love and trust for years to come. Another advantage is that leather furniture also comes in a wide range of colours and options. You can design an entire room around a leather sofa.