Caring for Craftsmanship

Well-made leather furniture is an investment that can last for generations.

Free Hand Leather Co. leathers are typically aniline, ensuring that the natural richness and feel of the leather’s original surface is maintained and celebrated as much as possible. Real leather is a natural product and as such, will often bear the hallmarks of its origin. Characteristics including scars, branding marks, creases and areas of grain variance are not detrimental to the durability of the product, they emphasise that authentic hides have been used rather than printed reproductions.

The natural and uncoated finish of Free Hand Leather Co. leathers may acquire marks or colour discrepancies through wear and tear, for example when coming into contact with belt buckles or studding. This is normal and enriches the leather’s character and individuality over time.

Free Hand Leather Co. offers a variety of leathers with different textures and finishes. It is important to note that softer hides may well develop wrinkles and creases during their first few weeks of use. This is normal and not a cause for concern.

Leather is one of the easiest upholstery materials to look after. It is naturally durable and grows more beautiful with age. Well-made leather furniture is an investment, and with a little bit of love and attention it can last for generations. We offer the following advice to help you care for your leather upholstery.

General Maintenance

  • Lightly dust and vacuum on a regular basis.
  • Do not place your leather too close to a heat source, as it may cause it to crack and age prematurely.
  • Protect your leather from direct sunlight, as it may cause it to fade, discolour or crack. All leathers will fade over time, but darker colours may fade faster in direct sunlight.
  • Avoid sitting on the arms, back or very edge of your leather furniture as this may cause distortion and/or damage.
  • Be aware that clothing with transferable dyes, such as blue jeans, could transfer the dye onto light-coloured leather furniture.
  • Never use “standard” cleaning products to remove dust, spills or stains from leather. Refer to the specialist care instructions below or use a reputable and recognised professional leather specialist.

Specialist Care

On a number of our hides, specialist leather wipes and creams may be used. We recommend certain Leather Master products (Protection Cream Cloth and Pull Up Cream) to care for our leathers.

Note on Pure Dye Leather

Pure Dye leathers are not suitable for leather wipes or any care products.

  • Pure Dye Bark
  • Pure Dye Ebony
  • Pure Dye Graphite
  • Pure Dye Granite
  • Pure Dye Nutmeg
  • Pure Dye Pewter
You can use leather wipes, Leather Master’s Protection Cream Cloth and Pull Up Cream on:
  • Deep Sheen Chocolate
  • Deep Sheen Graphite
  • Deep Sheen Mocha
  • Deep Sheen Tan
  • Deep Sheen Taupe
  • Natural Washed Camel
  • Natural Washed Chocolate
  • Natural Washed Ebony
  • Natural Washed Mushroom
  • Natural Washed Sand
  • Original Vintage Coffee (sparingly)
  • Original Vintage Espresso (sparingly)
  • Supple Vintage Coffee (sparingly)
  • Supple Vintage Espresso (sparingly)