Leather Guide Whether your taste in leather ranges from kid-friendly, everyday durability, to the natural, buttery softness of a luxurious “Pure Aniline” leather, or the rustic, scarred appearance of an old bomber jacket, you’ll find the design statement that’s perfect for you and your lifestyle in the Stickley Leather Collection. The leather guide on these pages is designed to help you make the right selection. When working with your designer, you will notice that the Stickley leather samples are grouped together into the following categories.
Nubuck Leathers: Unique, Exotic and Fragile Choose a Nubuck leather if... • You appreciate the exotic, suede-like softness that only a Nubuck leather can provide. • You understand that Nubuck leathers offer little or no protection from stains, will quickly absorb spills and body oils, and will darken in high use areas. • You understand that Nubuck leathers will fade quickly in direct sunlight. What to expect The characteristic suede-like feel of a Nubuck leather is achieved by buffing the hide to create a heavy, raised nap. Nubuck leathers have a unique softness, but have very little protection against stains and fading. Although buffing will reduce scars and imperfections, you can still expect to see: • Shade variations as different areas of the hide accept the dye differently, and as the nap of the leather is disturbed • Wrinkles • Healed scars and stretch marks • Insect bites • Texture variations from smooth to pebbled Care and Maintenance Do not use any cleaner or protection product that is not specifically designed for Nubuck leather. To remove loose soil and restore the nap, we suggest a special Nubuck cloth wrapped around a sponge. For stain removal and cleaning, contact a professional furniture cleaning service. See your designer for further information.
Oiled Pull Up Leathers
Our most consistent, durable, “family-friendly” leathers.
Rustic, abused, and full of character.
Choose an everyday leather if... • You need a “family–friendly“ leather that will offer the best defense against kids, pets, spills, and sunlight. Please see the ratings on the back of the swatch for the relative performance of each leather. • You expect the color of your leather to be uniform and consistent.
Choose an “oiled pull up” leather if... • You love the rough, heavily scarred, worn look of a true specialty leather. • Color consistency is not important to you. • You understand that scratch marks will appear with use, adding to the rustic charm of the piece. • You appreciate the natural appeal of scars, wrinkles, and imperfections. • You understand that this leather has little protection against spills and abrasive wear.
What to expect Everyday leathers are durable and easy to maintain. They are classified as semi-aniline leathers, and are finished using both aniline dyes and solid-color pigments. Semi-aniline leathers are more color-consistent, more stain resistant, and more fade resistant than other leather types. Although colored pigments will help hide imperfections, your leather will have visible: Grain/Texture Variations • Wrinkles • Healed scars and insect bites • Texture variations from smooth to pebbled Care and Maintenance Like any fine leather product, leather furniture should be cleaned and protected every 6 months (every 4 months for lighter colors). See your designer for further information.
What to expect An oiled pull up leather will “burst” or lighten dramatically when stretched over firm areas, highlighting the natural scars and imperfections. Likewise, fingernail scratches will leave marks, adding to the distressed look. Regular maintenance is required to prevent fading. You will see: • Pronounced color variations and gradual lightening as the oils dissipate • Healed scars, stretch marks and insect bites • Texture variations from smooth to pebbled • Surface scratches will appear with use Care and Maintenance Oil pull-up leathers require more maintenance than other leathers, and will fade and dry out without regular care. They should be cleaned and protected every 4-6 months. See your designer for further information.
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