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Tips on Cleaning Vinyl...from the mourge? PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Chris Repp   
Friday, 23 October 2009 14:16

 Was reminded of these good vinyl cleaing tips by my friend Jeff at the local mortuary.  I stop by the place once a month or so to clean up some folding vinyl chairs they have on site.  The chairs are a very light and made of vinyl.  They end up with "mysterious" ink marks on them and Jeff can't get them out.  Well he went through the progression of how he cleans the vinyl and I said that's exactly right.  So courtesy of Jeff, here's a few tips on cleaning vinyl (Be sure you've read or watched the other articles on how to tell the difference between vinyl and leather).  

   When cleaning vinyl start with a mild cleaner and progress toward a stronger one.  In most cases, vinyl will not be harmed even by a strong cleaner.  Certainly pretest any cleaner somewhere that is not visible.  To pretest put a little of the cleaner on a white rag, rub it on the hidden area and look at the rag again.  If you're showing color on the rag then don't use the cleaner.  But in  most cases on vinyl it's not a problem.  So heres's the progression:

  1. You can start with a mild leather or dishsoap cleaner.  Place it on the cloth and rub over the stain. 
  2.  If that doesn't take out the stain, add some abrasive power.  Use a stiff nylon bristle brush or ultrafine scotchbrite pad and the same mild cleaner.  Rub in the cleaner with the brush or pad. 
  3. No success.  Move to a stronger household cleaner like Simple Green.  Again pretest.  Again try just the cleaner and then the cleaner with the brush. 
  4. No luck still..   Move to the big guns.  Try Isopropyl Alcohol.  You can just use rubbing alcohol from the medicine cupboard too.  Use it the same way; first pretest, then use on a cloth, then use with a brush. 
  5. Is that stubborn stain still staring at you.  Sorry it's probably a transfer of some sort of dye from ink, blue jeans or print material.  In that case you need to call someone like me to take care of this for you.  We can block the stain and redye the area back to the original. 

Thanks for the article idea Jeff.  Glad to see you but also happy to walk out of the mortuary too. :)

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 November 2009 12:47
Moving your Leather Furniture PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 20 October 2009 23:49

 Need to move your leather furniture.  I get way to many calls from people who have tried to move thier own leather from the condo to the new house or from the house to the 4th floor apartment with disasterous results.  So here are a few suggestions so your leather still looks good after the move.

  • Wrap your leather in loose fitting plastic or blankets.  Keep it on the leather till you get it safely into the new room.  It will save you from scuffing the leather on a wall or scratching the it on the sharp edge of a door frame.
  • If you take the legs off the leather furniture, lift don't drag it across the sidewalk.  I see way to many scrapes on the back or bottom of leather furniture because it scraped across a surface that ripped off the color like sandpaper would do.
  • If you tape plastic around your leather, don't press the tape directly onto the leather.  When you pull it off it may take the color off the leather too.
  • Especially cover the leather if it is raining.  Wet leather is not good.  It may not damage the leather if it's got a finish on it, but the moisture can lead to mold and mildew.
  • If you do scuff, scratch or puncture the leather it can be fixed.  So don't kill your buddies for dropping the leather sofa... just make them pay to fix it.

So don't fear the 4 stories of steps you need to carry your leather sofa up to get it to your new apartment.  Just follow these tips and you should be able to put it safely in place with out any problems.



Last Updated on Thursday, 12 November 2009 12:47
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