Leather Types, Care & Cleaning From Our House Leather

Types of Leather

Full Grain Leather 

Full Grain refers to leather that has not been altered by sanding or budding. Full Grain leather retains the grain layer, original texture, and markings that naturally occur during the lifetime of the animal and create a one of a kind look for each upholstered product. The vast majority of Our House leathers are designed on Full Grain hides. 

Corrected Grain Leather

Corrected Grain Leather undergoes a light buffing process to better absorb dye and minimize the appearance of blemishes and natural leather markings on its surface. Corrected Grain Leather is often preferred for use in projects where uniform color is desired. 

Nubuck, a Corrected Grain leather, is Top Grain leather where the top hair cell layer has been removed by sanding, resulting in a luxurious nap and velvet-like surface. 

Aniline vs. Semi-Aniline

Aniline leather is colored by immersing hides in a dye bath with transparent aniline dyes that fully penetrate the hide. These leathers are the most natural and often the most pristine hides are used. All surface imperfections and flaws will be visible in aniline dyed leathers. 

Semi-Aniline leathers are aniline dyed with an added layer of pigment or surface coating to enhance durability and color consistency. Imperfections and flaws are still visible.

Care and Cleaning Instructions

Finished / Smooth Leather

  • Brush periodically with a dry cloth
  • No harsh cleaners or solvents
  • For stubborn stains and spills, a lightly damp cloth with warm water should be blotted on the strain to lift & remove it
  • Mild soap and water solution (3 parts water 1 part soap) should be mixed and then blotted to release stain, then blot again with dry cloth
  • Never scrub your leather
  • Always spot test before using any method

Naked, Nubuck, Suede or Unfinished Upholstery Leather

  • In some cases, Nubuck can we treated with flour chemicals which will help repelling soil and spotting
  • Regular cleaning of Nubuck/Suede can best be done using a vacuum cleaner and then brushing the nap back up using a soft nylon brush
  • When spills do occur, blot excess liquid immediately with a clean white absorbent cloth or sponge
  • If necessary, use lukewarm water and a clean white cloth that is well wrung, and gently wipe the spill dry using a blow dryer 
  • Light soiling, dry stains and marks can sometimes be removed by using a pencil eraser or a dry cleaning pad and gently rubbing the affected area. Finish by vacuuming and brushing the nap with a nylon brush
  • For butter, oil, and grease, wipe off excess using a clean, white, dry cloth. Then leave alone and the stain should dissipate into the leather in a short period of time. Do not apply water.

For all things leather, see us in store at Traditions of Charlotte for tons of leather options for your home! 

April Decor Tip of the Month

Choosing the Perfect Fabrics

When thinking of the perfect decorated room, there are many details that come into play. Color, texture, size, and shape are some of the most important. How do you bring all of these details into one cohesive idea? We think it starts with fabric!

The first step in creating a cohesive room is to first edit your fabrics. Not all colors/shapes/textures work well with each other. Lay out your favorites and edit the ones that look off. Below we have taken one of our favorite fabrics and added accent fabrics that would bring out all the color.  As you can see, there is a lot to look at! We then chose 3 of the accent fabrics that was best suited for the main fabric and VOILA! The perfect mix of colors, shapes and textures at work!

Have your own success story of mixing patterns? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Decor Tip of the Month

These days, decorative boxes come in all shapes, sizes, textures and colors. Boxes used for decorating are made from shiny vinyls, shagreen, faux shagreen, organic elements, bone and horn, just to name a few! Use a box or two in your bookcase, as a centerpiece, on a mantel, beside your bed to hold your jewelry, or on a coffee table to hold your remotes.

Like decorative boxes, urns and jars also have a place in every home. They have been around for well over two thousand years and have had many uses. Just as decorative boxes can fit into bookcases, onto mantels and shelves, and as centerpieces, so can beautiful urns. While upholstered pieces lend themselves to more neutrality these days, urns and jars are a perfect way to make a splash with color. Everyone knows pillows can achieve that as well, but be brave! Add both :)

Check out the boxes, urns and jars we have in stock now at Traditions! Almost anywhere there's a surface, a box, urn or jar will look sharp!

As Seen In...

Create Your Magazine Dream Home!

 

We see it happen all the time. All the major home magazines featuring items that Traditions of Charlotte carries!  Pictured below are some pieces featured in Traditional Home Magazine that we have in the store right now! Stop by Traditions of Charlotte today and see how we can make your home like a home seen in the magazines.

 

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Browsing through design magazines is one of my favorite past times. Spotting accessories and furniture that we have in Traditions makes it even more fun.   If I say so myself, we are spot on in style at Traditions. Over the past twenty five years since we opened, Traditions has been adding new lines each year.   We carry and stock some of the top lines in the industry.  

Just to name a few…. 

Sherrill : Hickory White : Hancock and Moore : Wesley Hall : Lee Industries : Jonathan Charles : Made Goods : Wildwood Lamps : Lilian August : Bliss Studios : John Richard : Robert Abbey : Currey Co. : Chelsea House : Sarreid Ltd. : Our House Designs

Check out the resource guide in the back of any national design magazine and what you will find featured will most likely be on the floor at Traditions. So if you're looking to update your home with accessories, pillows, lamps, light fixtures, or new upholstery, look no further than Traditions of Charlotte!