Naked leather is soft and supple with a natural feel. It is breathable, and naturally resistant to tears and punctures.
Naked leathers contain no foreign substances that act as a barrier against spillage or staining, so the leather will age naturally in response to its environment, the oils in the user’s skin and other factors, resulting in a beautiful patina.
If you wish to add a barrier of protection to try to keep the orginal look for longer, then it is important immediately upon receiving your leather item, to apply a high quality water and stain repellent for leather which is free of silcone and wax. (We recommend testing the product on a small hidden area of the leather first.) Note that repellant will change the colour, in most cases darkening the leather. Reapply every two to three months with regular use.
To clean, wipe the entire surface with a soft damp cloth. This will somewhat even out any abrasions and stains. Do not spot rub as it will darken the leather in that area. Gently blot up spills immediately, using a clean cloth. If your leather becomes wet, mop up any excess water with a cloth, then allow the leather to dry at room temperature before applying the stain repellent as above. For more serious stains, visit a professional leather cleaner. The professional cleaning process may cause slight variations in colour and texture so we recommend cleaning all matching items at the same time.
Keep sharp and heavy objects such as keys away from the leather to avoid marking. Occasionally vacuum furniture upholstered in leather. Avoid excessive heat and if possible direct sunlight as these will dry the leather.
High humidity, warm temperatures, poor ventilation, and soiling can cause mould to grow on leather. It is important to keep the leather clean and to control the environment where the leather products are kept to prevent mould formation. We recommend using a Hygrometer to monitor the Relative Humidity in your home, to ensure that the conditions are neither too humid, nor too dry. The ideal conditions for your furniture are 50% relative humidity at 20 degrees Celsius (normal interior temperature).
Air conditioners or dehumidifiers can remove moisture from the air, and either should be used with windows and doors kept closed.
If mould does form, follow this procedure: Remove mould with a soft bristle brush (such as toothbrush), if possible outdoors to prevent scattering mildew spores in the home. Run a vacuum cleaner attachment over the surface of the leather to draw out more of the mould, being sure to immediately dispose of the vacuum bag outdoors. Dry the leather with an electric heater, fan, or sun and air. If necessary, sponge lightly with thick suds of mild soap and wipe with a clean damp cloth, being sure to avoid soaking the leather.