Leather furniture is designed for durability. You need to make sure you know what type of leather you own to know how to properly take care of it, but in general vacuuming the dust or giving it a light wipe with a damp (water) cloth tends to be all that is required. Major spills – you may want to seek professional help depending on the style and type of leather that you have.
Flexsteel Leather Furniture: Quality. Comfort. Durability.
Trends in furniture upholstery come and go. Yet, leather has stood the test of time. Quality leather furniture invokes an image of tradition and class. It’s furniture that is handed down from generation-to-generation. At Flexsteel we are all about longevity. That’s why we choose only the best leather for our furniture. What’s best?
Let’s talk about that.
Each piece is unique in texture, color, and natural markings.
Lasts longer than fabrics—can easily become family heirlooms.
Leather breathes. It is rich, soft, buttery, and silky.
Leather works with any design, from traditional to modern.
There are many reasons to choose leather for your furniture upholstery. Leather is hypoallergenic and the best choice if anyone in your family suffers from allergies. It’s easy to keep clean as it naturally repels most liquids. It breathes and adapts to your body temperature so it can be cool in the summer and warm in the winter. And it’s naturally flame resistant too, making it a safer choice for your home.
Purchasing leather furniture is a lot like buying a diamond. Leather ranges from the highest quality and most expensive, to man-made varieties. Flexsteel uses only higher quality semi-aniline and pigmented leathers to ensure longevity, yet keep our furniture affordable.
- The most natural and luxurious leather available
- Will patina and become more beautiful over time
- Rich and luxurious look
- Full-grain painted finish leather
- Top coat makes the leather more stain and face resistant
- Using pigments offers a consistent color throughout piece
- Heavy top coat offering superior stain and fade resistance
- Modified Uniform grain pattern
- Easily matched to splits and vinyl
Flexsteel’s Leather Rating System
When you’re ready to buy a leather recliner or leather sectional, the options can get rather confusing. So, we’ve developed the 4S Leather Rating System for our leather furniture to simplify the task. This system takes into consideration how soft the leather is, the type of surface grain, any special effects used to prepare the leather, and how hard or easy it is to maintain. All of Flexsteel’s leather furniture is coded with this rating system to help you make your choice.
4S Leather Rating System
Softness is the essential and defining characteristic of leather. The overall comfort level and cost of your leather are directly linked to the softness quotent, and many leathers achieve softness through special processing techniques.
|S2 Surface Grain|
Surface grain mirrors the softness category. The more intact the original surface grain, the more natural and soft the leather. Alteration of a leather's surface grain creates a specific relationship to the cost of the leather. The cost is reduced in proportion to the level of grain removed.
|S3 Special Effect|
Countless varieties of leather are available, and many are acheived through special effects. The expertise, effort, and degree of difficulty required to create various looks are in direct relation to the cost of the leather.
It is important to match you lifestyle to the serviceability of a leather. Leather is a versatile material that offers many distinct choices. Options range from easy-care leathers with high resistance to those focused on fashion and style.
|4 - Nature Soft|
Rarest and most expensive leathers
3 - Techno Soft
Suppleness created with technology
2 - Flexi Soft
Leathers enhanced by mechanical action
1 - Firm
Leathers boasting tremendous value
|4 - Full Grain|
The key word is "full," meaning this leather has 100 percent natural grain; typically the most expensive leathers
3 - Top Grain
A full-grain leather that has been lightly sanded; this alteration is so subtle it is barely noticeable to the naked eye
2 - Corrected & Embossed Grain
A top-grain leather that has been thoroughly sanded and then embossed with a natural-looking, uniform grain pattern
1 - Split, Embossed, & Pigmented Grain
The second layer split from a full-grain hide; it is heavily pigmented and embossed with a less-natural, uniform grain pattern
|4 - Multiple Effects|
More that two special effects such as hand rubbing, heavyweight texture, or metalic finishes to create an upscale look and price
3 - Active Effects
Injection of oil or wax to create a color burst when stretched during the upholstery process; often referred to as pull-ups
2 - Mechanical Effect
Color or surface effects created with automatic techniques including two-tone sauvage, wiped, reptile-embossed, nubuck and distressed
1 - Uniform Color
Pigmentation coating is sprayed on the surface to create a uniform color throughout
|4 - Minimal Resistance|
Expensive and luxurious, typically a nubuck or suede, designed for fashion and style
3 - Natural Resistance
The most expensive and elegant of all leathers, typically pure or naked; will gain a patina over time
2 - Standard Resistance
Impervious to most spills and stains and easy to clean best for average home use
1 - Maximum Resistance
Impervious to spills and stains and very easily cleaned; best for frequent use and high-traffic environments
Authentic. Weathered. Rugged. Leather. No two leathers are the same.
Leather is a natural product. The rough-hewn leather used on our furniture is created by selecting hides that may showcase branding marks, insect bites, healed scars, and other naturally occurring traits. The wide variety of these traits adds to the beauty and authenticity of the leather, and creates a piece of furniture that is truly nature’s work of art.
These naturally occurring traits, in combination with the weight, color, sheen, and degree of milling, produce a completely unique illustration of life on each hide.
Natural Grain Variation
Underlying Crust Color
The simplest ways to clean your leather are vacuuming the dust or giving it a light wipe with a damp (water) cloth. For severe cases or if questionable, there are ready made kits available. Leather Miracles offers a kit with leather cleaner solution and leather protector solution. Instructions are included, and this kit is the best way to go when in doubt because they have been professionally put together to make sure your leather is cleaned in the best way possible.
This depends on the type of leather furniture you have. If you have a waxed, burnished leather, there are some creams available where you apply lightly and polish it in to hide the scratch. More finished leathers are a little more complicated and we recommend seeking professional help to ensure your leather is taken care of properly.
All skins on animals are different and absorption is different, just like human skin. Aniline leathers do not have much finish on them, so there isn’t much room to hide and disguise the color variations that comes from the piece of leather.
The hide stretches over the animal in different ways and all depends where it is cut from on the hide. If it is cut from the belly, it tends to be a little looser and have a little more open structure. Cutting from the hind quarters tends to have tighter grain. This is a prime example of leather being a natural product and shows its natural beauty throughout the hide.
The reason leather fades is because the top coat or base color becomes eroded through use. Fading can be caused by lotions, hair products, and medication used by people who sit in the furniture. The best preventative measure is to simply clean the leather with distilled water and a soft white cloth. Do not soak the leather, just wipe it with a damp cloth and then immediately dry it. There’s no need to use a conditioner.
We recommend ordering leather repair kits through Uniter’s. Their phone number is 1-800-234-8986. You will need your leather number shown on your original receipt when you call.
"I have an 18-year old leather Flexsteel couch that I inherited. It has 3 recliners, and it is 100% leather all around. The leather has been regularly cleaned and conditioned; and is in amazing shape."