QUALITY

UNDERSTANDING GENUINE LEATHER & FABRIC

Make your furniture an extension of who you are.   Let your lounge suite tell its own story, one with imperfections, that is as unique as a fingerprint and as different from the next.  That’s what makes owning a genuine leather lounge suite so appealing.  With genuine leather not being a man-made product, natural scars, marks and “imperfections” exist.  These should not be seen as flaws, but rather as a sign of genuine quality leather.

When offering leather lounge suites in different colour options, a dyeing process is required. The hide will absorb the colour based on the cell structure of that piece of hide, which means the hide could be darker or lighter in different areas.

Keeping in mind that genuine leather is a natural material and has characteristics that are not evident in man-made options, genuine leather can be rigid at first but will soften and become more supple with time and use. Genuine leather will stretch over time, increasing the comfort even more.

THE LEATHER GRAIN

NATURAL (FULL) GRAIN LEATHER is the premium leather choice. This fully authentic leather retains the natural texture and markings of the hide. No corrections to the hide have been made. Full grain leathers are coloured with clear (aniline) or semi-clear (semi-aniline) dyes, without covering the natural grain and markings.

CORRECTED GRAIN LEATHER hides, although they retain their quality, thickness, strength and supple feel, are gently buffed to even out the grain to remove unwanted markings and then embossed with a uniform grain pattern. Depending on the condition of the hide, the level of alteration could be partly to fully corrected. Partly corrected hides are coloured with semi-aniline dyes, and fully corrected hides are dyed with opaque pigments to be more effective at covering natural marks.

LEATHER TYPES AND CARE INSTRUCTIONS

CORRECTED GRAIN LEATHER

Alpine Lounge’s STANDARD CG range.

Corrected Grain (pigmented) leather has an applied surface finish of pigments and sealer coats. It is therefore better able to resist marking and spillages, but has a colder, firmer feel due to the correction process. It has a regular texture that is printed onto the heavily pigmented surface and disguises the irregularities within the hide.

Care and Cleaning Instructions:

  1. This leather should be wiped regularly with a dry soft cloth in order to prevent the accumulation of dust.
  2. Never use detergents to clean leather.
  3. Dab spills immediately with a soft dry absorbent cloth.
  4. Leather finish is sensitive to light; please keep away from windows and areas with direct sunlight.
  5. Condition the leather approximately every 9-12 months using a good quality hide food which contains softening and nourishing agents. This will prevent leather from drying out and cracking over time.
  6. Alpine Lounge recommends HANNICARE CLEANING & NOURISHING hide food, which is suitable for all leather types (except Sauvage-type leather).

SEMI-ANILINE LEATHER

Alpine Lounge’s Kudu and Impala.

This type of leather is stylish and more natural looking. The finish is a mixture of dye and pigment, which gives a uniform look, but does not disguise all natural markings and scars on the hide, which should not be seen as faults. These markings are what gives leather furniture its character and authenticity and differentiates this leather from Corrected Grain.

We always endeavour to provide a degree of uniformity, but it may take at least three hides to produce a sofa and as no two hides are identical there may be substantial variation in shade and texture even within the same hide. This is a characteristic of the leather and is what distinguishes Semi Aniline leather from Corrected Grain. This gives this leather type a softer handle and more natural appeal.

Care and Cleaning Instructions:

  1. This leather should be wiped regularly with a dry soft cloth in order to prevent the accumulation of dust.
  2. Never use detergents to clean leather.
  3. Dab spills immediately with a soft dry absorbent cloth.
  4. Leather finish is sensitive to light; please keep away from windows and areas with direct sunlight.
  5. Condition the leather approximately every 9-12 months using a good quality hide food which contains softening and nourishing agents. This will prevent leather from drying out and cracking over time.
  6. Alpine Lounge recommends HANNICARE CLEANING & NOURISHING hide food, which is suitable for all leather types (except Sauvage-type leather).

FULL ANILINE LEATHER

Alpine Lounge’s Kalahari, Kodiac, Zambezi and Buffalo – Genuine Buffalo.

Full aniline leather is THE most rewarding for leather connoisseurs. It has a wonderful silky touch and the look has great depth. An aniline finish is pure-dye (dyed through), then sprayed with a dye-mixture and substances that do not disguise any natural markings and scars on the hide. These markings should not be seen as faults, but natural variations that give leather furniture its character and authenticity.

We always endeavour to provide a degree of uniformity, but it may take at least three hides to produce a sofa and as no two hides are identical, there may also be substantial variation in shade and texture even within the same hide. This is a property of the leather and is what distinguishes Full Aniline as the leather for the connoisseur. This gives the leather a distinctively unique look.

With age, your leather furniture will mold to your body shape and colours may mellow and change according to its use and environment, making the piece of furniture uniquely your own.

Full aniline leather has a tendency to absorb body oils and perspiration, which will cause leather to darken on contact areas.

Aniline leather finish is sensitive to light – please keep away from windows and areas with direct sunlight.

Care and Cleaning Instructions:

  1. This leather should be wiped regularly with a dry soft cloth in order to prevent the accumulation of dust.
  2. Never use detergents to clean leather.
  3. Dab spills immediately with a soft dry absorbent cloth.
  4. Leather finish is sensitive to light; please keep away from windows and areas with direct sunlight.
  5. Condition the leather approximately every 9-12 months using a good quality hide food which contains softening and nourishing agents. This will prevent leather from drying out and cracking over time.
  6. Alpine Lounge recommends HANNICARE CLEANING & NOURISHING hide food, which is suitable for all leather types (except Sauvage-type leather).

SEMI NU-BUCK

Alpine Lounge’s African Buffalo, Bombardier, Serengetti, Timberland and Woodland.

Semi nu-buck is buffed Aniline leather with all the natural markings, dyed through, giving a velvety suede touch, yet with an authentic rugged appearance. Shade variations are normal and add to the character of the aged look. This leather type will take on natural skin oils from body contact and will have a tendency to go darker, shinier and smoother in these areas – this is a natural occurrence and will enhance the characteristics of the leather with time.

Care and Cleaning Instructions:

  1. This leather should be wiped regularly with a dry soft cloth in order to prevent the accumulation of dust.
  2. Never use detergents to clean leather.
  3. Dab spills immediately with a soft dry absorbent cloth.
  4. Leather finish is sensitive to light; please keep away from windows and areas with direct sunlight.
  5. Condition the leather approximately every 9-12 months using a good quality hide food which contains softening and nourishing agents. This will prevent leather from drying out and cracking over time.
  6. Alpine Lounge recommends HANNICARE CLEANING & NOURISHING hide food, which is suitable for all leather types (except Sauvage-type leather).

INDIGENOUS RANGE

Alpine Lounge’s GEMSBOK (Genuine Gemsbok)

This unique full aniline leather derived from this magnificent migratory antelope is strong, supple and silky to the touch.

The average size of a Gemsbok hide is only 3m² – 60% of the bovine hide.

In order to survive in the very dry semi desert and desert conditions of the Kalahari and the Namib, Gemsbok store water in their hide. This results in a soft spongy-like texture.

The large hair follicles evident on the skin surface allow the course hair breathing passage to ventilate the animal in the extreme heat conditions. The fibre structure of the hide is therefore open allowing tanning agents to penetrate freely. The result is a robust leather ideal for smaller upholstered furnishings.

Shade variations are normal and natural defects are very evident, mainly as a result of the struggle for dominance in the herd where sharp horns are used as instruments to battle, thus damaging the hides. All hides are sourced through strictly controlled culling programmes in Namibia.

Care and Cleaning Instructions:

  1. This leather should be wiped regularly with a dry soft cloth in order to prevent the accumulation of dust.
  2. Never use detergents to clean leather.
  3. Dab spills immediately with a soft dry absorbent cloth.
  4. Leather finish is sensitive to light; please keep away from windows and areas with direct sunlight.
  5. Condition the leather approximately every 9-12 months using a good quality hide food which contains softening and nourishing agents. This will prevent leather from drying out and cracking over time.
  6. Alpine Lounge recommends HANNICARE CLEANING & NOURISHING hide food, which is suitable for all leather types (except Sauvage-type leather).

PULL-UP LEATHER

Alpine Lounge’s Crazy Horse (mild pull-up), Rustica ranges (aggressive pull-up), Bushveld (bovine) (aggressive pull-up).

Only selected bovine hides are used for Pull-up leather with Rustica and Bushveld showing the greater degree of natural markings. It is a natural product with unique characteristics. Thorns, tick-bites and scratches leave their traces on a hide and are natural marks only manufactured by nature. The leather is dyed to colour with aniline dyes with no surface pigmentation. Shade variations are normal and add to the character of the aged look. The oil pull-up effect re-creates an ‘olde worlde’ finish, which lightens under stress and darkens with body oils and perspiration. This phenomenon applies more to aggressive than to mild pull-up.

All these characteristics re-affirm the purchase of an authentic leather product and make each product unique in appearance.

Care and Cleaning Instructions:

  1. This leather should be wiped regularly with a dry soft cloth in order to prevent the accumulation of dust.
  2. Never use detergents to clean leather.
  3. Dab spills immediately with a soft dry absorbent cloth.
  4. Leather finish is sensitive to light; please keep away from windows and areas with direct sunlight.
  5. Condition the leather approximately every 9-12 months using a good quality hide food which contains softening and nourishing agents. This will prevent leather from drying out and cracking over time.
  6. Alpine Lounge recommends HANNICARE CLEANING & NOURISHING hide food, which is suitable for all leather types (except Sauvage-type leather).

SEMI-ANILINE LEATHER – SAUVAGE TYPE

Alpine Lounge’s CUMULUS LEATHER (Bovine).

This semi-aniline product is dyed through, slightly corrected and then pigmented. The first pigmentation process is lighter and the final is a darker shadow spray application.

Care and Cleaning Instructions:

  1. As this leather is finished and conditioned, it is not necessary to apply any cleaners or conditioners – simply dust and wipe with a damp cloth occasionally.
  2. NO AEROSOL PRODUCTS ARE TO BE USED ON THIS LEATHER TYPE. Failure to follow these instructions will render the warranty null and void.
  3. All semi-aniline leathers are fairly light sensitive and to avoid fading should be kept away from windows and direct sunlit areas.

LEATHER UPPERS

Leather Uppers is a name given to Alpine Lounge suites covered in Genuine Leather on all body contact areas and imitation or synthetic leather on the non-body contact areas.

Care and Cleaning Instructions:

 

  1. Genuine Leather Areas:
  2. This leather should be wiped regularly with a dry soft cloth in order to prevent the accumulation of dust.
  3. Never use detergents to clean leather.
  4. Dab spills immediately with a soft dry absorbent cloth.
  5. Leather finish is sensitive to light; please keep away from windows and areas with direct sunlight.
  6. Condition the leather approximately every 9-12 months using a good quality hide food which contains softening and nourishing agents. This will prevent leather from drying out and cracking over time.
  7. Alpine Lounge recommends HANNICARE CLEANING & NOURISHING hide food, which is suitable for all leather types (except Sauvage-type leather).
  1. Synthetic Areas:
  2. Dust regularly with a soft damp cloth.
  3. Dirt can be removed by washing with warm water and soap.
  4. DO NOT use hide food, solvents, detergents or furniture polish, as this will cause the synthetic leather to harden and crack.
UPHOLSTERY CARE AND CLEANING

UPHOLSTERY CARE

Your furniture has been designed to be sat on in comfort, so please use it correctly. Sitting on the edge of the seat cushions and arms will cause premature wearing and distortion of the fillings. The arms in particular come in for a good deal of wear and tear over the years. Try not to rub your hands over them continually. Head pillows can also suffer from soiling by hair or grease. Please use a headrest cover if necessary.

Zips are fitted on many cushions to aid manufacture only; covers are not designed to be removed. Be careful with rings, buckles, bracelets, etc. They can all catch on your upholstery. If one of the yarns is snagged, simply cut it short, it will be less noticeable.

If you have chosen Genuine Leather furniture, it is essential to realise that the natural characteristics of Genuine Leather mean that no two hides are ever alike. Although great care is taken to select the hides, it would be impossible and undesirable to obscure all the natural markings, remember these are the living proof of Genuine Leather.

Leather is inclined to stretch and will show as creasing to cushion tops. On deep buttoned furniture this can lead to the opening of pleats, this is not a fault but is normal for this type of upholstery.

Natural Marks visible on the leather are not faults; they are features of genuine leather that have not been successfully imitated by man.

If your cushions are fiber filled, restore the original shape by flipping and ‘puffing out’ the cushions and pillows regularly. Furniture with a high fabric pile can become flattened in areas such as the armrests. Steam from a boiling kettle will help to raise the crushed pile again. After a while you will notice the foam in the seat cushions will soften by at least 20% of its original hardness – enjoy the comfort of furniture that is now ‘worn-in’. Fabric and leather on the seats will stretch over time, this can be rectified by smoothing out the high use areas on a daily basis.

Upholstered furniture should not be exposed to direct sunlight, otherwise fading of the fabric or leather can occur. Protect it by drawing the curtains or blinds or by placing away from windows.

Even light dust and dirt will increase wear on the fabric and can dull the colours, giving a faded appearance. Regular cleaning is essential. Occasionally vacuum your upholstery and go over it with a soft brush. Never use a stiff fibre or metal brush as this will damage the fabric.

With Genuine Leather, remove surface dust with a soft duster. If soiled, use a damp cloth (water only) and dry immediately with a soft cloth.

UPHOLSTERY CLEANING

First determine what type of leather you have purchased as the cleaning of leather varies with each type of leather (see Leather Types).

Conditioning: do not use spray polish or other chemically based products, avoid saddle soap or abrasive cleaners of any description.

Wet Cleaning: is not recommended unless otherwise specified. Do not attempt to wash your Alpine Lounge furniture. This can cause colours to bleed and if the padding becomes damp, staining and interior damage can result. For small stains on fabric use a proprietary stain remover. In furniture of a ‘soft, loose, modern design’ a regular dressing programme should be practiced. This involves ‘plumping up’ of all back, seat and arm cushions. This will help your cushions retain their shape and appearance, giving balanced wear.

Even your Alpine Lounge furniture will age with time and use. However, with care this time can be prolonged making your Alpine Lounge upholstery a continual source of pride and satisfaction.

 

Alpine Lounge cannot accept liability for damage nor defect resulting from failure to comply with the above advice and instructions.

FAQ

What is Genuine Leather?

Genuine Leather is made from the complete animal hide and is more expensive to purchase than that made from bonded material. The natural strength of leather comes from the skin or top layer of the animal hide, this is referred to as “top grain” or “full grain” leather. A great feature of this leather is that instead of wearing out and peeling, it creates a film that gives extra strength and shine. So instead of wearing out over time, it gets better looking and has a long life span.

What is Genuine Leather Uppers?

Genuine Leather Uppers refers to the use of genuine leather on the contact areas (parts of the chair you will touch when seated) and imitation leather-look upholstery covers on the non-contact areas (parts of the chair you would not be in contact with, i.e., sides and back of the chair).

What is Leather Combination?

Leather Combination refers to the use of a combination of leather and imitation leather-look upholstery covers used on both non-contact (parts of the chair you would not be in contact with, i.e., sides and back of the chair) and contact areas (parts of the chair you will touch when seated).

What is Bonded Leather?

Bonded Leather is sometimes called “vinyl” and does not come from the whole animal skin. Bonded Leather is a polyurethane fabric with leather shavings glued onto the back of the fabric. These leather shavings do not constitute genuine leather and do not have the benefits associated with genuine leather, i.e., it will crack and deteriorate over time.

Can the colour hide the natural marks?

Yes. Darker colours will conceal natural marks, while the lighter colours will show them off.

Do the natural marks weaken the leather?

Not at all. This is a true indicator of genuine leather.

Does the presence of more marks mean it’s a cheap leather?

No. Cheaper leathers show very few marks. Natural marks are a signature of expensive leathers. Lower priced hides have an embossed grain that results in less wastage and thus a cheaper product.

THE MARK OF GENUINE LEATHER

The Scratch and Scar – Small surface scratches form part of the natural characteristics of genuine leather. Scars that have healed over time are as strong as the rest of the hide – this is not a flaw. Scratches and scars will be found all over the furniture.

The Crease – These typically occur where the hide had loose skin. Small creases can be found all over the furniture.

The Wrinkle and Stretchmark – These occur as a result of a stretched belly. Wrinkles and stretchmarks would be used on the sides and back of the furniture.

The Bite – Mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, etc., unfortunately leave bite marks shaped as small circles or tiny holes in the hide. These marks will be found all over the furniture.

The Vein – The animal’s veins appear as such on the hide. Vein markings are more evident from older animals and reflective of their climate. In cold weather the veins are smaller to reduce heat loss through the skin and alternatively the veins are larger in warmer conditions. These marks can be found all over the furniture.

The Brand – This will be found on almost every hide. This could be a letter, number or shape and is seen as a natural mark. These parts of the hide are used on the sides or back of the furniture.

Genuine Gemsbok Leather Marks

Healed Scars – this part of the hide is used all over the furniture, but not concentrated in one area.

Healed Scars – this part of the hide is used all over the furniture, but not concentrated in one area.

Open Cuts – these marks can be found on the back and sides of the furniture.

Flay Cuts – these marks can be seen on the main parts of the lounge furniture, but more often on the back and sides.

Uneven Colour – this will be used all over the lounge furniture.

Uneven Thickness/Discolouration – these parts of the hide will be used on the back and sides of the lounge furniture.