I don't recall exactly. I think it had to do with how it made dirt that did get into it that much harder to remove. Given that I paid over $3,000 to have two love seats and an armchair re-upholstered at a quality shop, and that the owner had been in the business for some 40 years ( European craftsman ), I tend to believe him.
We could have bought a whole living room set of "leather" ( and foam and cardboard and staples ) for half the price, but we liked what we had and have had for 20 years.
What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht