All leathers last longer and look and perform better when preventive maintenance is practised.
In daily use, furniture is exposed to various strains caused by external factors such as body oils, perspiration, general wear and tear and colour transfer from clothing.
Ekornes wants you to understand what you need to do to preserve your furniture’s appearance for as long as possible. Furniture leather is neither self-cleaning nor self-maintaining. Leather absorbs moisture. Spills may leave marks, and must be dealt with immediately.
- Like any other natural material, leather may fade when exposed to direct sunlight over a long period of time. As one of our more natural leathers, Noblesse is particularly sensitive to sunlight. To minimise fading, avoid placing your furniture in direct sunlight.
- To maintain the surface properties of the leather, we recommend that you keep your furniture at least 30cm from any source of heat.
- Leather is not resistant to animals. Do not allow pets on your leather furniture as their claws may scratch the leather, which may lead to expensive repairs. Their saliva is also acidic, and may attack the leather’s finish.
- In order to avoid stubborn stains, protect your leather when using household chemicals, e.g. most domestic detergents such as window cleaners and bleach, in addition to nail polish, nail polish remover, glue, shoe polish, paint and corrosive materials. Avoid domestic detergents and ALL products containing solvents and oils, as these may destroy your leather’s surface. Do not use any traditional household products to remove stubborn stains. Many of these are harsh and cannot be guaranteed as safe for use on leather. Do not use a steamer to clean the leather.
- Certain cosmetics and body care products contain solvents and oils. These products are not beneficial to leather, as they may weaken the leather’s finish over time. Avoid using your leather furniture with wet hair, or with freshly applied hair care products or cosmetics. To avoid the build-up of these products, please clean the leather regularly as described.
- Some leather dyes have a two-tone colour effect (shadow/antique effect). Leather dyed with a two-tone effect may change character faster and wear more unevenly than leather dyed using a single colour. This particularly applies to areas of the furniture that are exposed to harder wear, such as armrests, seat cushions and neck supports.
- The top layer protects the leather and simplifies cleaning, but is nonetheless vulnerable to soiling and wear. If the top layer / top colour is destroyed, the leather may deteriorate more quickly. Penetrating spills/damage/scratches are usually irreparable and may result in the top colour changing character, cracking or peeling off.
- Denim clothing and hard textiles such as jeans expose the leather to significant wear, and may leave colour on the leather which is difficult to remove without risking the destruction of the top colour. Light leather colours are particularly vulnerable to such colour contamination.
- Maintain the surface appearance and texture by gently wiping your leather furniture once a week with a clean dry cloth, or vacuum using a soft brush attachment. This will remove dust.
- We recommend that you clean and re-protect your leather furniture at least every six months.
Stressless Leather Cleaner
Stressless Leather Cleaner is a mild, water-based cleaner that can be used on all pure aniline and pigmented leathers. It will remove dirt as well as most water-based stains.
Stressless Leather Protection
Stressless Leather Protection is a water-based protection product for all types of leather, except nubuck and suede. Stressless Leather Protection protects against oil, water and alcohol stains, as well as everyday dirt and grime. It will also keep your leather lovely and soft, and when used regularly in combination with Stressless Leather Cleaner, prevents pigmented leather from cracking.
Ekornes disclaims all liability if you maintain your leather furniture with products other than Stressless® Leather Care products.