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Some tips on cleaning delicate leathers PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Chris Repp   
Sunday, 06 December 2009 23:33

This article is actually a response to a specific customer I visited in Abingdon, Maryland.  Because I believe the tips will also benefit others with delicate leather furniture, I'm going to share the article with everyone.

Here are the pictures of a "mystery stain" and small discolored spot on the leather before and after I cleaned and repaired them.

     

 

So as I told my customer, I wanted to give some tips on caring for this type of leather in the future. 

  1. Semi-Protected Leather- The leather is what I would call a semi-protected.  It is not a naked leather nor is it a fully protected leather. I pre-tested a cleaner on the leather and noticed it cleaned the leather well but took a minor amount of the tint color off of the leather.  Because of that test, I defined the leather as semi-protected.
  2. Basic Cleaning- To clean the leather apply the cleaner to a soft cloth and rub the cleaner across the entire seat from seam to seam not pressing extra firmly in only one area. We recommend and use SG-5Click here for it.
  3. Conditioning/Protection- Because even a mild cleaner will effect the finish on your leather, you should apply a leather protector after cleaning the leather  We recommend and use SG-25 or SG-50 for this process.
  4. Crusty Stains- To remove a dried, crusty stain dampen the area with a few drops of the cleaner and let the moisture soften the stain.  Then try to wipe it off but if it will not wipe then use a firm plastic scraper to gently scrape the stain away.
  5. Dried out leather-  If your leather has dried out from the sun or a dry room (such as one which has a fireplace in it), you should try an intensive conditioning to soften it up.  First, apply the conditioner SG-50 once a month for 3 months.   Click here to buy SG-50.  It is the flagship of ADVLeather's product line and not cheap but is a great product for dried out leather. Then, go to a normal 2x a year leather conditioning schedule.

Hope these tips help you.  Please e-mail me with any questions. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 February 2010 15:05
 
Stop PH damage to your leather before it happens... or else! PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 23 November 2009 15:18

        There comes a moment in every conversation I have with a potential customer that is the defining moment.  They want me to restore their leather furniture.  I really want to help them.  But, and this is the crucial but, if I decide that they have extensive PH damage to their leather there is nothing that can be done.  Mostly, this happens over the phone, so I have to ask probing questions like:  Is the leather cracking on the surface?  Is the surface smooth or rough?  Are the cracks on the seats, arms and backrest?  Are you seeing a much darker or lighter color than the surface of your leather?  If the answer is yes to these, they may have PH damage.  If they send me a picture and it looks like this:

 

....then they probably have PH damage.  

 

        Ph damage is to leather what rot is to wood.  It is a weakening of the fibers of the leather.  It is not repairable but it is preventable if you know about it ahead of time.

        I won't say that buying my products is the only way to prevent Ph damage.  But correctly cleaning your leather furniture from the time you get it is a very important part of preventing ph damage.  Along with these other steps:

        Follow these care steps and you'll prevent PH damage.  A leather pro will be able to help you if you do want professional cleaning or repairs.  And I'm sad to say, ;) , your leather may look so good that you never even need me.  

Last Updated on Friday, 19 February 2010 12:29
 
Placing your Leather Furniture so it Lasts PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Chris Repp   
Thursday, 29 October 2009 01:04

 

One of my goals with leatherhelp.com is to teach visitors some tips about how to prevent leather problems before they happen.  I go to customers homes and help them solve leather problems but can't help thinking that the problems could have been prevented.  One area where you can prevent leather problems is how you place your leather furniture in your living space.  Here are some tips for placing your new leather well in your living space so it stays beautiful for many years.

  • Keep the leather out of direct sunlight.  Even if you just close the blinds or cover the back of the leather for the hours of direct sunlight, it can save your leather from drying out and fading
  • Rotate removable cushions or move the furniture around in your living space.  If one spot is the best for TV viewing, it will often take the most wear and become faded, wrinkled or dirty far before the other seats.  When you move the  seating around it more evenly distributes the wear on all the cushions.
  • Watch the edges of the leather that are in the flow of traffic.  Often I see scuffs and scratches on the edges of the leather that face the hallway or doorway.  
  • If you have a swimming pool, keep wet suits off the leather.  Chlorine and other pool chemicals will wear the clearcoat and color off of the seats of your leather.
  • If you have your leather pressed up against a window sill, wall outlet or grate then the edges can cause indentations in the leather.  Those indentations can be hard remove if you move the leather and want the back to be out in the open. 

Consider some of these tips when you first get your leather furniture and you will save yourself a whole host of headaches down the road.

 

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Last Updated on Saturday, 14 November 2009 22:33
 
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