In a previous tip, I talked about choosing the best fabric for active households. Now, on to the topic of leather and how to choose and care for it, and to dispel some common myths as well. Unlike fabric upholstery, leather wears well and ages beautifully, acquiring a rich “patina” that becomes more supple with each passing year. It stretches and retains its shape without sagging, and will not peel or crack if cared for properly. And because leather “breathes” it will keep you and your family comfortable no matter what the season. Leather’s ability to absorb up to 25% of its own weight in humidity, means you’ll feel cool, never hot and sticky. Compared to fabric, leather is elastic and strong with high ripping resistance. You’ll also appreciate its’ tight, strong fiber construction which prevents animal hair from penetrating. These characteristics make leather upholstery the ideal choice for family rooms, dens and great rooms where family and friends gather to entertain. All of the leathers we offer are free of lead and chemicals, so no worries about being environmentally safe and kid and pet friendly. Leather-the modern, practical choice for consumers who demand high performance, as well as beauty and durability. Leather Care and Cleaning Codes Code “A” Care Method Aniline leather. Natural looking leather will feature noticeable range marks, barbed wire scars, wrinkles, scratches and brands. Subtle color and shading variations will exist from hide to hide and even within a hide. Keep leather clean by dusting frequently with a soft, clean cloth or by vacuuming with a soft brush attachment. Code “P” Care Method (Often called Protected leather, this is what we recommend for active households) Pigmented or aniline-plus leather. This leather has been treated to enhance stain resistance. It is more uniform in color and texture than aniline leather and will have fewer noticeable range markings. Keep leather clean by dusting frequently with a soft, clean cloth or by vacuuming with a soft brush attachment. Code “N” Care Method Nubuck leather. This leather has been buffed to a velvety, suede-like nap. It is more likely to fade and stain and will feature noticeable range markings. Keep leather clean by dusting frequently with a soft, clean cloth or by vacuuming with a soft brush attachment. Note: No cleaning method will remove every stain, and some stains can cause permanent discoloration even after the stain is removed. Keep your furniture clean, do your best to prevent accidental spills and give any stain prompt attention to maximize cleaning results.   Keep Lifestyles Furniture in Columbia, Missouri, in mind for all of your furniture needs. We carry a wide selection of sofas, tables, chairs, bedroom and dining room sets and home accessories.