Leather furniture is renowned for its timeless appeal, luxurious texture, and durability. In addition, it exudes elegance and sophistication, adding a touch of class to any interior space. However, like any other material, leather is not impervious to challenges. 

Despite its durability, leather furniture can encounter many problems that may affect its appearance and overall condition. Understanding these issues is crucial for prospective buyers and current owners, enabling them to make informed decisions and implement preventive measures or necessary repairs.

This article will explore some of the individuals’ most common problems with leather furniture. Here are the following: 

Fading Colour

Fading is another common problem with our clients’ leather. The hue is deep and rich-looking when you initially buy a piece of leather furniture. But unfortunately, like all textiles, leather fades over time when exposed to ultraviolet light or heat.

Exposure to direct sunshine is the most typical cause of leather fading. This is typical in aniline and semi-aniline leather; fading in top-quality leather finishes with a semi-protective coating is unusual.


When you initially buy leather furniture, the leather is usually firmly strained and hugs the seat cushions neatly. However, leather is a natural material that will gradually soften with frequent wear.

While the leather gradually softens and loses its original shape, the foam in the seat cushions softens and loses its original condition. 

The combination of the leather loosening and the foam losing its shape might result in “puddling.” This occurs when the top of the seat no longer appears to be as taut and pulled as it did when it was purchased. In addition to puddling, leather loosening can cause wrinkles in your leather furniture.

Oil Damage

Body oil and sweat deterioration is frequently most noticeable on furniture’s skin touchpoints, such as the headrest, armrests, or leg roll.

Leather absorbs body oils and sweat from the skin and hair. This accumulation of oil can discolour leather upholstery over time. This can eventually cause the leather to crack and peel.


Peeling is more typical in highly processed leathers like fake, PU, and mixed leathers. The thick covering on these artificial leathers makes them more easily delaminate and peel.

When the leather wears out or cracks, friction in specific locations causes the upholstery to push up and peel off.


Although every leather is vulnerable to cracking (if left unconditioned for an extended period), it is more common in mixed leathers, notably vinyl. Vinyl is frequently used to cover medical equipment such as chiro/massage beds, dentist chairs, gym equipment, and restaurant/café seating.

If leather and vinyl upholstery are not maintained, the contrast of harsh winter air and hot summers will gradually dry out and break them.


Despite its allure and durability, leather furniture is not immune to common issues that can arise—however, over time. You can enjoy your leather furniture for years by staying informed about these common problems and adopting preventive measures.

With proper attention and maintenance, leather furniture can continue to exude its timeless charm and elevate the aesthetics of any space.

For exceptional leather cleaning services in Lethbridge, Cardston, Coaldale and Surrounding Areas, trust the expertise of Carpet Clean and Dry. Whether your leather furniture requires minor repairs or a comprehensive cleaning, their dedicated team will handle it with the utmost care and attention, ensuring it regains its original lustre. Pam Wood, the owner of Carpet Clean and Dry, promises “The Cleanest, Fluffiest, Healthiest, Longest Lasting Cleaning You’ve Ever Seen.” Get in touch with them now at 403-388-5516. 

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