What is bonded leather?
Buyer beware! Bonded leather is nothing more than scrap leather ground into dust and mixed with other materials then applied to vinyl or polyurethane. So that the term “leather” can be used in describing the covering. Many furniture sales people mislead consumers about bonded leather. Furniture Today, a leading industry publication, believes the term “bonded leather” is misleading the customers into thinking they are buying leather.
Why should I shop Florida Leather Gallery ?
We are The Leather Furniture Experts. It is our main focus. Our staff is Highly Trained Sales consultants are true experts on Leather. They will guide you in making the best decision for you home.
How long will it take for delivery?
We stock over 1000 items for immediate delivery. Or, you may special order in over 300 different leathers. Special order times vary by manufacturer. Some as little as 30 days….some may take up to 120 days.
How do I care for Leather Furniture?
We recommend cleaning once a week to remove any dust particles that may have settled on furniture. Wiping with a soft damp cloth usually does the job. Twice a year, it should be cleaned with a Leather Cleaner and then a leather Conditioner should be applied according to the manufacturer’s directions. Do not use household cleaners as there are not formulated for use on leather.
Should I be concerned if my new leather furniture has small lines or blemishes on the surface?
Markings such as scars, insect bites, wrinkles, veining are natural characteristics of genuine leather. Protected leathers have are finished to create a consistent, uniform look and feel – then you will see fewer marks. However, Natural Leathers will show more natural markings, such as insect bites, scars and stretch marks, as well as color variations. These color variations can occur within the same hide because there is no finish applied. This is an indication of the authenticity of the leather, and should not be considered a defect. Actually, it should be treated as a ‘mark’ of true, high quality leather.
Why is one leather grade more expensive than another?
The main determining factor of a grade of leather is the origin of the raw hide. Hides from the Southern Hemisphere are more abundant and tend to show more of the natural characteristics of leather. They are less supple than hides from the Northern Hemisphere. Generally speaking, the higher grades of leather come from hides raised in the Northern Hemisphere. Hides come from all over the world, and are classified into categories based on their origin. Then they are sorted by the amount of natural characteristics that are present on the hide. Since hides with fewer characteristics are rarer, they usually are more expensive, and require less processing to complete the leather. Hides from the Southern Hemisphere usually represent the majority of the protected family of leathers. However, we do use some hides from the Southern Hemisphere in our Natural collection. These hides, by their origin, have more natural characteristics and will show more variation in color. This is not a defect.
Why can the price of leather furniture vary so much?
A very important part of the final product’s price is based on the leather’s characteristics. As grades of leather increase, the cost of the final product also increases. However there are many other factors that affect pricing including: dimension, style, leg type and stitching details.
What is the difference between natural and protected leather?
Natural Leather = Unfinished Leathers = More natural characteristics / shading differences Protecta Leather = Finished Leathers = Less natural characteristics / More uniformed look
Why is my leather stretching?
Leather has elasticity and forms according to the amount of use an area gets. This is common in the seating area and can be reduced by running your hands over the area and “smoothing” out the wrinkles. This not considered a defect and is not covered by the manufacturers warranty.
Isn’t leather hot in the summer and cold in the winter?
Leather conforms to its environment. It adapts to the temperature of a room, or your body on it and will maintain a consistent temperature that will feel good to your skin.
Can I special order?
Yes. Virtually every model is available in up to 250 different leathers. Most models are available in sofa and sectional configurations. Many are available in reclining ends.
What color leathers can I get this in?
Most of our manufacturers have over 250 different colors to choose from. There may be 20 different reds, 25 different blues etc. and all of them come in a variety of leather finishes.
What about leather with pets and kids?
Leather is an ideal choice if you have pets and kids! It is much more durable than fabric. Many of the finer quality leathers like the ones we carry are treated in the tanning process so that they are protected and easy to clean. If there is a spot or spill you just take a damp cloth and wipe it up.
How long will this last me?
Quality leather furniture should last you 25 years or more. Some people will keep it for 40 years! Many of these pieces are passed on as an heirloom. Low end leather furniture often has to be replaced in 2-5 years. Make sure you know what you are buying.
Do I need to be careful of the sunlight with leather?
Sunlight will eventually fade anything but there are “protected” leathers that will not fade as quickly as some “natural” leathers. If this is a concern we will help direct you towards the leather that is right for you.