Maintenance – Leather

Please bear in mind that leather is a natural product and does not come from a roll. This means that the product can and may show slight deviations in comparison to showed samples or earlier delivered products. These characteristics determine the natural character and charm of the leather type. The following minor faults may appear in leather, and are proof that the leather is absolutely genuine: manure stains and insect bites | scars | (neck) wrinkles |differences in structure and colour. Your furniture upholstery may also show crease or fold formation (over time, this also can and may appear). Fold formation is caused by the natural stretch of the upholstery. This stretch is necessary to prevent too much pressure on the stitches, and thus unnecessary wearing. All these examples are natural leather characteristics and are no valid reason for complaints.

 

bert plantagie leather collection

The bert plantagie leather collection is classified into categories. This categorisation is based on the application of the leather: for example, will the leather be used intensively on your dining room chairs, or are you looking for a beautiful worn leather type for an armchair in the living room?
Category 1 (Tendens): genuine leather | synthetically tanned which makes it very suitable for intensive use.
Category 2 (Rancho and Raw): genuine leather | slightly treated and suitable for normal to luxury use.

 

Tendens – category 1

The first and also largest category consists of no less than 50 genuine leather colours. This leather, named Tendens, is highly suitable for intensive use. We recommend the application of this leather for dining corners and/or in a household with small children or pets. This natural leather has a protective coat (called semi-aniline) and a print, which makes it very user and maintenance-friendly. However, the touch and look unmistakeably show this is a natural product.

 

Rancho | Raw – catetegory 2

Category 2 includes 2 leather types with 8 colours in total: Rancho and Raw
The Rancho leather has a slightly natural character (note: this also implies more scars, and differences in structure and colour). When working this Rancho leather, no colour pigments are added to the surface. As a result, colour differences between product and colour guide are inevitable and much bigger than with covered leather types
Raw leather is a unique, completely natural leather type and is made of the most beautiful buffalo hides. It has a robust, warm and very natural appearance. This appearance partly comes from the specific retannage and the slightly abrasive treatment, acquired through hand-polishing.


Due to the natural character of Raw leather natural imperfections like scars, insect bites and colour differences are visible and thus no reason for complaint. Likewise, stitched parts may vary in colour from one to another as a result of the natural character of leather. In short, Raw leather is a “leather type with faults” and will become more beautiful when acquiring more traces of usage.
Rancho and Raw leather are suitable for normal to luxury use. Normal use implies that the leather can also be used for dining room chairs, however in situations with pets or small children we do not recommend this.

 

Maintenance advices

Your bert plantagie dealer has beautiful big samples of all the leather variations, so that you can take the time to look for your favourite type and colour. In cooperation with our tanners we have carried out a thorough research into which cleaning and maintenance products are most suited for our leather type selection. Below you will find an overview of our current leather collection and of the leather types we have had in the past.

 

Maintenance advice Tendens

To keep Tendens leather supple, we recommend to dust off the leather on a weekly basis with a clean (slightly damp) cloth to prevent the dust from entering the pores of the leather. With the bert plantagie Keralux leather care set P the Tendens leather will get the exact cleaning and maintenance it needs. We recommend you use this maintenance product 2 times a year in accordance with the instructions. Keralux leather care set P is available in our online serviceshop
In the case of a light colour of Tendens leather, we recommend you to use the leather care set P in combination with the Strongprotector. In addition to the cleaning and care of leather care set P, the Strongprotector reduces the chance that pigments ,from jeans for example, adhere to the leather. This will protect the leather against dirt for a longer time. Please note: you can only use the strong protector on new or thoroughly cleaned furniture. The bert plantagie leather care set P + strong protector (Keralux) is available in our online serviceshop.

 

Maitenance advice Rancho

Dust off the leather every now and then with a dry cloth. Rancho leather may never be treated with soapy water or other cleaning agents. To protect the wax coat, we recommend to treat your furniture 2 times a year with maintenance product leather care set S, available in our online serviceshop.

 

Maintenance advice Raw

Dust off the leather every now and then with a dry cloth. Raw leather may never be treated with soapy water or other cleaning agents. Due to the open and natural character of this leather type, we advise not to use maintenance products. The more worn this leather becomes, the more beautiful it will look.

 

Maintenance advice Exelento (from collection)

To keep Tendens leather supple, we recommend to dust off the leather on a weekly basis with a clean (slightly damp) cloth to prevent the dust from entering the pores of the leather. With the Keralux leather care set P the Exelento leather will get the exact cleaning and maintenance it needs. We recommend you use this maintenance product 2 times a year in accordance with the instructions. Keralux leather care set P is available in our online serviceshop.

 

Maintenance advice Shabby (from collection)

Wipe down Shabby leather on a weekly basis with a dry, clean cloth. Don’t rub, but dab. Shabby leather may never be treated with soapy water or other cleaning agents. Due to the open structure of Shabby leather, this leather is more sensitive to UV light, dirt and grease. We recommend you to protect the leather from the beginning with Keralux impregnating spray N. This spray impregnates the leather and protects against early fading, thanks to the integrated UV filter.

 

Maintenance advice Precious (from collection)

Wipe down Precious leather on a weekly basis with a dry, clean cloth. Remove stains by dabbing with a dry cloth, don’t rub. We recommend to treat Precious leather 2 times a year with Keralux leather care set P, available in our online serviceshop.

 

Maintenance advice Leather light (from collection)

Wipe down with a clean, damp cloth. If necessary, in combination with 1 drop of diluted dishwashing soap at 1 litre lukewarm water.

 

General tips for stains

Please first remove dust from the upholstery. When removing stains always use a clean, lint-free cloth. The sooner you treat the stain, the easier it might be removed. Clean water is often already sufficient. Before using a product, always test it on a less visible area first. Never rub too much on one place to remove a stain. This will clog the pores of the leather and leave a shiny spot. In case of spilled fluids on the upholstery, immediately remove it by dabbing, to avoid the fluid from entering the leather. For dabbing it is best to use a kitchen towel or a tissue. Remove large amounts of fluids with a spoon. Allow sufficient time for the upholstery to dry.


If moist entered the leather it is best to leave it for a while. Over time most stains will become less visible. The grease in the leather will absorb the stain. If you still like to use a cleaning product, make sure you are well informed. Using the wrong products will often cause serious damage! Spilled red wine can best be treated by diluting it with white wine and dabbing it after.

 

Some final serious maintenance advices

Only use maintenance products that have been tested by a recognised leather company. Never use stain removers, shoe polish, solvents, turpentine or other products that are not suitable for leather. Each maintenance product should first be tested on a small or hidden area, before treating the entire furniture piece.

 

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