We can all close our eyes and picture the image of a traditionally English leather Chesterfield sofa. Characterised by tufted leather, the elegantly scrolled arms and brass-covered nails, which have been a symbol of skilled craftsmanship and sturdiness since the late 1700s. Some furniture dealers may try to pass off a chesterfield Sofa when it’s not really an authentic one.
Authentic Chesterfield sofas are skilfully handcrafted and have certain notable features.
We know when you sit on a Chesterfield sofa it should feel sturdy and firm , this is due to layered panels of high-quality padding which was originally wrapped in horsehair. Horsehair, a padding introduced by German furniture makers and used in upholstery for centuries.
Don’t be afraid to feel the leather. It should not be made from split hides or artificial substitutes. The leather is immersed in a dye bath and should be coloured all the way through.
An authentic leather Chesterfield sofa should have “bun” shaped feet, typically made from hardwood mahogany, look at the sofa’s wooden feet. The frames, though difficult to inspect, are also hand-constructed from dried hardwoods such as beech and birch.
As mentioned above genuine Chesterfield sofas have wide, scrolled arms and rolled backs. Leather fold
s, tufted wells and are finished with leather-clad buttoning. Brass tacks, polished or covered with brass buttons, are details that date back to the sofa’s early history.
So you have identified your genuine authentic Leather Chesterfield Sofa, bought it, taken it home, now you need to nurture it.
You need to remove animal hairs, dust etc., Vacuuming is fine, but use the soft brush to do the button areas making sure you don’t scratch the leather. Wiping down with a damp cloth is safe to do as leather needs water and will certainly not dry it out! But don’t add anything other than a good quality water based foam leather cleaner. Do not be tempted to use washing up liquid, furniture polish, baby wipes as these will destroy the leather. Once you have cleaned your Chesterfield sofa You should also follow cleaning with a good water based leather protector which will inhibit dirt and stains from being absorbed and make cleaning easier the next time.
It is important to maintain a regular cleaning and protecting regime cleaning dirt off the surface regularly and hindering the absorption of body oils into the leather with a protector is the best way of doing this.
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