upholstery care guide
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all about leather
YOU’VE JUST PURCHASED A ROCHE BOBOIS SOFA:
You’ve been captivated by its sleek design and color; now you’re ready to discover the secrets beneath its elegant surface: how it was built, and how to preserve its fine quality. This manual will guide you through the care and maintenance of your ROCHE B OB OIS Sofa. THE
BEGINS AT THE TANNERY.
BEAUTY, ALLURE, AND SUPPLENESS OF LEATHER SPECIALLY MADE FOR
PRINCIPLE PHASES IN THE LEATHER TANNING PROCESS. IN THE FIRST PHASE, RAW HIDE IS CONVERTED TO A MATERIAL THAT IS CLEAN, SUPPLE, ROT PROOF AND LONG LASTING. IN THE SECOND PHASE, THE HIDE TAKES ON ITS FINAL APPEARANCE THROUGH A SERIES OF STEPS (LEATHER CONDITIONING, COLOR WASHES, THE APPLICATION OF PIGMENTS, DYES, AND FINISHINGS). DISPLAYS THE FEATURES THAT LED TO YOUR PURCHASE OF A
ARE THUS TRANSFORMED INTO LEATHER THAT
all about leather
the acb’s of upholstery
LEATHER: A NATURAL MATERIAL
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The process of tanning and finishing transforms leather into a fine product. The tanning process, however, preserves the natural qualities of the hide. The creases, stretch marks, scars and insect bites that the animal acquires while at pasture are unique and form an integral part of the leather. Often faintly visible, these blemishes do not detract from the quality of the product. Instead, they act as a guarantee that the leather is natural with intact, full grain. After several months of use and exposure to variations in temperature, stretching and general wear, the leather takes on its final appearance, adapting to environmental constraints and often maintaining the residual marks of the hide. This natural process (which also occurs in leather used for clothing and accessories) is visible depending on the sofa’s level of use. Environmental characteristics such as temperature and humidity, can contribute to the suppleness of the leather.
Do not attempt to clean the leather or remove stains without the proper products. Do not place your sofa/seating close to a direct heat source such as a fireplace, radiator, or heating device. Although leather is a resistant material, like wood and other textiles, it is sensitive to external pressure. Scratches from sharp objects or pet claws, friction from rough fabric or clothing, rivets or buckles on clothing can all damage its smooth surface and should be avoided.
II. REGULAR CARE
The amount of dust and dirt that settles on your leather is equivalent to the amount that settles on wood furniture, which you would dust frequently because of its high visibility. To prevent dust from tarnishing the leather and embedding into its pores, dust weekly, especially if your sofa has a tufted seat. Use either a vacuum cleaner fitted with a soft brush attachment, or a soft damp cloth. Be sure to vacuum under the seat cushions regularly.
the Secrets of upholstery
I. GUIDELINES FOR USE
To fully enjoy your leather upholstery, and preserve its longevity, observe the following simple guidelines: Depending on its surface finish, leather is sensitive even to indirect heat and light. Both factors can cause leather to lose moisture and fade. In choosing the placement of your sofa, avoid exposure to direct sunlight as well as close proximity to uncovered windows. While considerable efforts are made to ensure that the information contained in the Care Guide is as accurate as possible, Roche Bobois makes no representations, conditions or warranties of any kind whatsoever, express or implied, in relation to the accuracy of the information contained in the Care Guide. If you have any concerns about caring for your sofa, please do not hesitate to contact a Roche Bobois showroom.
Regular care is essential to preserving leather’s aesthetic and physical form....