Leather is a popular material in many contexts and is known for its luxurious feel and aesthetic quality. In health and care facilities, it is important to be aware of the limitations of the material. Leather gives a luxurious and comfortable feeling, but maintenance requirements, sensitivity to liquids and bacteria and higher purchase and maintenance costs can pose challenges for care units. Alternatively, artificial leather and specialized textiles can be used.

  • Requires more extensive maintenance than other materials. It is not as resistant to stains and requires special products for cleaning and maintenance. In care units where frequent cleaning is required, this can be a disadvantage.
  • Is more porous than artificial leather and can absorb liquids and bacteria more easily. This can be a challenge in care environments where cleanliness is crucial.
  • Although furniture leather is durable, it can show wear more quickly than synthetic alternatives, especially in environments with frequent cleaning.
  • More expensive to purchase and maintain compared to alternatives such as artificial leather or synthetic fabrics.
  • May contain substances that cause allergies.

Read more about the maintenance of leather here