Care Instructions

Leather care

Featured in our Halo Classics, Fat Luxe, and Glide collections, Sofa Workshop by Timothy Oulton leathers are typically aniline, ensuring that the natural richness and feel of the leather’s original surface is maintained and celebrated as much as possible. Real leather is a natural product and as such, will often bear the hallmarks of its origin. Characteristics including scars, branding marks, creases and areas of grain variance are not detrimental to the durability of the product, they emphasise that authentic hides have been used rather than printed reproductions.

The natural and uncoated finish of our leathers may acquire marks or colour discrepancies through wear and tear, for example when coming into contact with belt buckles or studding. This is normal and enriches the leather’s character and individuality over time.

Sofa Workshop by Timothy Oulton offers a variety of leathers with different textures and finishes. It is important to note that softer hides may well develop wrinkles and creases during their first few weeks of use. This is normal and not a cause for concern. In the same way that new shoes need some breaking in, so does your leather sofa. Leather is naturally elastic and will stretch with use, this is not a defect but an inherent natural characteristic of leather.

Our beautiful hand-finished leathers include the following families:

Natural Washed: Our first “undyed” leather, matt with a mild vintage finish.
Deep Lustre A thick, rich, and natural tri-tone leather with uneven pebbling.
Tip Dyed: A luxurious leather combining rich depth of colour with a soft buttery touch.
Tumble Waxed: Modern meets vintage, matt colouring with light tumbles distressing.

Leather is one of the easiest upholstery materials to look after. It is naturally durable and grows more beautiful with age. Well-made leather furniture is an investment, and with a little bit of love and attention it can last for generations. We offer the following advice to help you care for your leather upholstery.

General instructions

• Lightly dust and vacuum on a regular basis.
• Do not place your leather too close to a heat source, as it may cause it to crack and age prematurely.
• Protect your leather from direct sunlight, as it may cause it to fade, discolour or crack. All leathers will fade over time, but darker colours may fade faster in direct sunlight.
• Avoid sitting on the arms, back or very edge of your leather furniture as this may cause distortion and/or damage.
• Be aware that clothing with transferable dyes, such as blue jeans, could transfer the dye onto light-coloured leather furniture.
• Never use “standard” cleaning products to remove dust, spills or stains from leather. Use a reputable and recognised professional leather specialist.

Fabric care

Sofa Workshop by Timothy Oulton textiles include a wide palette of upholstery, from the sumptuous glamour of our velvets to the relaxed feel of natural, upcycled fabrics in the Del Rey collection. Sofa Workshop by Timothy Oulton textiles offer a luxurious and tactile experience, exquisitely crafted and beautiful to the touch.

Linens

The Del Ray collection features our Botanical Linen, Mixt Linen and Stratus Linen finishes; available in fixed and loose covers.

Fixed and loose covers should be Professionally Dry Cleaned. If necessary, spot clean using a mild, water-free solvent or dry-cleaning product and follow the manufacturer’s directions. Water-based cleaning products may create water stains.

Velvets

Bursting with life and abundance, our Pandemonium & Dusky Velvets feature as a luxurious option on our Del Rey collection.

  • Spot clean using a mild, water-free solvent or dry cleaning product and follow the manufacturer’s directions. Water-based cleaning products may create water stains.
  • Always test the cleaning product on an inconspicuous area first.
  • A very soft brush (such as a baby’s hairbrush) can be used to brush the nap of the upholstery while cleaning. Brush in the direction of the nap.
  • Note, the colour of the upholstery may appear to change depending on the direction of the nap and the angle the product is viewed from.
  • For more extensive cleaning, consult a professional upholstery cleaner.

Caring for metal

Our high-quality metal finishes are achieved using tried and tested methods by our master craftsmen, with each finish bringing a different mood and style to your interior. Metal is generally a very durable material. Take care to prevent scratches to your metal furniture as they can be extremely difficult and sometimes impossible to remove.

Aluminium

This smooth and sleek finish is durable and hardwearing, adding modern, cool tones to your interior.

  • Wipe up spills immediately using a clean dry cloth.
  • Clean regularly using a soft cloth dampened and a diluted solution of mild detergent and warm water. Dry with a soft cloth.
  • Do not use bleach or use any detergent containing sulphuric or hydrochloric acid.
  • Avoid the use of steel wool or scouring pads as these may scratch and damage the metal surface.
  • Protect metal table tops by using coasters and placemats to prevent marks, stains and scratches.
  • Aluminium will naturally oxidise, forming a thin oxide layer on its surface, which gives this material its excellent anti-corrosion properties. The natural reaction of oxidisation will cause a slight black residue on the cloth when you clean your furniture. This is perfectly normal and not a sign of defect.
  • To remove stains, we recommend the cleaning product Brasso. To retain the matt finish of Aero and Spitfire products be careful not to over buff when using Brasso.

Brushed and shiny Steel

Brushed Steel creates a sleek, industrial look with a matt finish, whilst Shiny Steel has a high polish with an almost mirrored effect. Strong and durable, steel doesn’t deteriorate with age. Due to the smooth finish, scratches may show up more easily and therefore abrasive objects and cleaning products should be avoided.

  • Wipe up spills immediately using a clean dry cloth.
  • Clean regularly using a soft cloth and a diluted solution of mild detergent and warm water. Glass cleaner may also be used. Dry with a soft cloth.
  • Protect metal table tops by using coasters and placemats to prevent marks, stains and scratches.
  • Do not use bleach or any detergent containing sulphuric or hydrochloric acid.
  • Avoid the use of any abrasive cleaning products such as steel wool or scouring pads as these may scratch and damage the metal surface.
  • To remove stains we recommend the cleaning product Brasso.