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Leather Floors

If you are searching for a seriously upscale floor for your home, consider installing leather. It will give your floor a warm, soft, natural look that is surprisingly hard wearing. Although marks and scratches cannot be removed, over time leather floors develop a rich patina that cannot be matched by any other type of flooring. Burnished leather floors have an intensely luxurious look and feel. They are beautiful beneath fine area rugs such as oriental carpets. Because of its superior sound proofing abilities, leather is particularly appropriate for dens, libraries and bedrooms.

Leather flooring is usually manufactured as tiles that have been custom made to your specifications. Although this makes these floors expensive, it also allows for designs using squares, rectangles, hexagons, octagons and other shapes combined to produce unique results. Border strips can be used to create a parquet floor effect. Although shades of brown and black are traditional, leather can be dyed in a wide range of colors.

Most leather tiles come prefinished for stain resistance, but they must be occasionally waxed in order to maintain this protection. They should be regularly cared for by gentle sweeping or vacuuming. Never use water on leather floors.

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