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Vintage HOWE Leather brochure and instructions on “Howe” to look after FULL-GRAIN leather. PLUS- Purchasing the Leather Products iNVISeDGE uses & Caring for Leather Furniture. 

 

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THE TWO PARTS TO THIS LISTING

Part 1. Information About Leather Types Found on Vintage Furniture ie. the difference between TOP-GRAIN and FULL-GRAIN leather

OR Scroll Down to Part 2.  BUYING Leather Care Products iNVISeDGE uses & How to Care for Leather Furniture

PART 1.

Vintage HOWE Leather Brochure (SEE PHOTOS ABOVE) with information on “Howe” to look after FULL-GRAIN leather (excuse the pun!). This Howe Leather brochure also outlines the difference between FULL-GRAIN and TOP-GRAIN leather. Top-Grain leather is not TOP-GRADE leather. TOP-GRAIN leather has had one or two layers of the underside cut away to make those really scary, shitty leathers! Top-Grain Leather is the top layer that remains after this has been done. It’s THIN and susceptible to rips and cracking all the way through the leather. If you see furniture that’s about 10 years old and the leather has ripped at the seams it’s nearly always Top-Grain leather. It’s simply too thin to support the stitching properly.

Be aware of the leather you’re buying. Leathers AINT leathers anymore. Do your research BEFORE you buy anything in leather these days- particularly if the product is coming from developing countries such as China.

VINTAGE HOWE leather that’s properly looked after will last you for about 60 years on furniture but most likely MUCH longer! Most Australian vintage furniture in leather is currently only about 40 years old but if it has been cared for vintage HOWE LEATHER (which is Australian) is usually in AMAZING condition! I rarely see vintage Howe Leather (that has been properly cared for) with ANY damage AT ALL. It’s resilient, beautiful to touch and a NATURAL product! And it’s a by-product of the meat industry. If you buy leather furniture, you are NOT supporting the MEAT INDUSTRY, you’re supporting the idea that the leather should also be used too (and NOT just wasted)! If you’re vegan it’s worth considering this. Hopefully soon there will be RSCPA-approved leather products. That surely can’t be too far off now! Read the brochure in the photos above for more information about leather.

PART 2.

The leather products iNVISeDGE uses are ECO-FRIENDLY AND MADE IN AUSTRALIA. (Instructions for using these products are given after the pricing).

350ml leather cleaner = $15
350ml leather conditioner = $18.80
(I’m thinking that two, 350ml quantities in plastic bottles with protection for the post should fit in the small pre-paid satchel which costs $11 to most locations in Australia. (Including $1.45 for packing).
Two, 350ml quantities with postage should be- $44.80 TOTAL.

500ml leather cleaner = $19.30
500ml leather conditioner = $24
(Two, 500ml quantities in recycled plastic bottles with protection for the post fit in the medium pre-paid satchel which costs $14.50 to most locations in Australia. (Including $1.55 for packing).
Two, 500ml quantities with postage is- $57.80 TOTAL.

If you have interest in purchasing the products we use, email us via the address on the Home Page. (SMS us if you don’t hear back as some of our emails are blocked).

Please note- there may be a short delay in getting leather products into the post as we can’t make a specific trip to the post office with leather products. (It should never be any more than about 10 days though.)

If you look after VINTAGE FULL-GRAIN leather, it’s possible it will last for a century. Most of this furniture is already 40 years old (sometimes more) and this leather rarely shows much deterioration. This is normal with VINTAGE Full-Grain leather furniture (from the 1960’s to early-1980’s) WHEN IT’S LOOKED AFTER.

The main enemies of leather is human sweat and allowing the leather to dry out (this will happen if they’re in the sun and/or air conditioning is used in the space). Periodically clean your chairs in Winter after they’ve been consistently used (approx. every 4 weeks). In Summer, be more diligent with cleaning the leather particularly when it’s warmer. If you know you’ve sweated a couple of times in the chairs, be sure to clean the leather. If doesn’t take long. There are acids in some people’s sweat- this acid will slowly attack the leather.

I have a product I personally use to clean my Rufenacht dining chairs at home. (This is the same leather used on vintage Tessa chairs). This cleaner will clean off dirt but it does NOT froth-up when you use it. It is just as much about neutralising body sweat though- this can break down leather over time. Wiping over leather in Summer with this cleaner is enough to restore its natural PH balance. (If you don’t think they’ve been sweated in, cleaning the leather every 2-3 weeks of regular use is enough in Summer- there’s no point overdoing it!)

It isn’t optimal to have leather chairs in full-sun but there are definitely things you can do to protect them if they must go in full sun. Going away on holidays ever? Move your chairs to another room. If they are sometimes in the sun, keep an eye on how they’re going. They may be completely fine if you look after the leather.

I would recommend turning leather chairs away from the sun when you think of doing this. This will fade the canvas on the back of chairs (if the back is canvas and not leather). Most canvas backs are already faded anyway over the years. The canvas doesn’t look bad if it’s faded if the fading is consistent all over.

It’s not optimal to have leather furniture in the sun but they may be okay if you ensure the leather doesn’t dry out. Leather is a skin and to maintain elasticity you must ensure it doesn’t dry out. We’ve all seen leather dry out- it initially starts to look dry and wear down much easier- then it will crack. Not much can be done about cracks in leather (unless they’re shallow). Prevent cracks by conditioning your leather regularly, particularly when the sun is getting them (or you’re using air conditioning). I also have a product I use to condition the leather on my chairs at home. Rub it gently into all areas of the leather. Rub it in more thoroughly around the stitching (the cream will dry white if there’s too much on and it builds up in the stitching). Applying the conditioner when the chairs are in the sun actually helps. Heat will open up leather pores which will allow a conditioner to penetrate deeper into the leather. Don’t be afraid to condition the leather in a hot room- the heat will actually help the conditioner absorb in.

The leather products we use are ECO-FRIENDLY and MADE IN AUSTRALIA.

350ml leather cleaner = $15
350ml leather conditioner = $18.80
(I’m thinking that two, 350ml quantities in plastic bottles with protection for the post should fit in the small pre-paid satchel which costs $11 to most locations in Australia. (Including $1.45 for packing).
Two, 350ml quantities with postage should be- $44.80 TOTAL.

500ml leather cleaner = $19.30
500ml leather conditioner = $24
(Two, 500ml quantities in recycled plastic bottles with protection for the post fit in the medium pre-paid satchel which costs $14.50 to most locations in Australia. (Including $1.55 for packing).
Two, 500ml quantities with postage is- $57.80 TOTAL.

If you have interest in purchasing the products we use, email us via the address on the Home Page (SMS us if you don’t hear back as some of our emails are blocked).

Please note- there may be a short delay in getting leather products into the post as we can’t make a specific trip to the post office with leather products. (It should never be any more than about 10 days though.)

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