Thursday, 20 April 2017

Leather Sofa Care

Below tips to follow
Apply a leather conditioner regularly: The most notable difference between caring for leather versus fabric upholstery is the need to condition the leather. Leather conditioners are products that have a creamy consistency and are designed to be buffed into the leather. Conditioning the leather regularly keeps it from drying out and developing cracks.

Vacuum dust and debris from the furniture's crevices: Just as with any other piece of upholstered furniture, the best way to remove the dust and debris that gradually builds up in crevices and under cushions is by using your vacuum's hose attachment.

Wipe the leather furniture down regularly with a clean, dry cloth. The basic care routine for leather upholstery is simply wiping the furniture down with a dry cotton cloth.

Leather conditioner can be purchased from many furniture stores. It is also available at auto parts stores, where it is sold for conditioning leather car interiors. Application guidelines will vary from product to product. In general, you should expect to condition your leather furniture once every 6 to 12 months.

Avoid using any cleaning products not designed for leather. Detergents, solvents, all-purpose cleaning sprays, ammonia, bleach, and furniture polish can all be harmful to leather furniture. Do not apply these products in an attempt to clean the furniture or remove stains. Rely on dry towels or sponges as much as possible.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Best Re-upholstery Services in Dubai

The professional upholstery services provide the different types of solutions, including upholstery and re-upholstery services, customized designs and fabric selection that suit your interior d├ęcor. They can guide you keep your antiques and home elegant to be attractive for several years.

The professional upholstery cleaning companies have experienced employees who know how to properly clean each type of upholstery fabric. If a wrong cleaning product is applied to a specific type of fabric, it can cause blemishes and tear your furniture.

Besides upholstery services, they also rebuild (re-upholster) the older furniture and offer the fresh look to it. Reupholstering an existing sofa, chair, loveseat, chaise, ottoman, etc. may be cost effective and save money if the piece to be re-covered was originally well-made.

There are so many expert firms in Dubai that have been specialized in providing their upholstery solutions to individuals. The Leather Doctor, one among the top names in Dubai, performs the customized professional upholstery and re-upholstery works across UAE.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Curtain Cleaning Methods

Curtains are considered to be delicate and beautiful additions to any beautiful room.  The curtains are tend to absorb smells from around the room, such as cooking  etc, which can leave the curtains smelling less than fresh and cause slight discoloration.

Stains may be very noticeable on light-colored curtains.  It should be very careful,  while using a steam cleaner 
Using a good quality steam cleaner with an upholstery attachment is one of the most convenient methods of curtain cleaning. Be sure to start from the top and work your way down the curtain.

Must read the manufacturer’s instructions before you begin, and remember that steam can burn you so ensure you wear appropriate protective clothing. Steam cleaning is an excellent choice for curtains made from very heavy materials or for curtains that are particularly difficult to take down from the rail. 

Washing machine has a delicate cycle, be sure to use it  otherwise, choose a cool wash with a slow spin. Your normal laundry detergent will be fine to use for machine. 

Depending on the material of  curtains, you may be able to clean them simply by putting them in the washing machine. If you are particularly worried about the material shrinking, don’t risk putting the curtains in the washing machine, and hand wash instead.

Hand washing curtains can sometimes be the safe. Hand washing curtains is a bigger task than simply putting them in the washing machine, but it does reduce the risk of shrinking, and it’s a good choice for delicate materials such as pure cotton.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Leather Care and Repair Services in Dubai

People like leather goods because it is natural, durable, and long life. The material is used for home/office furniture and car seats because, generally, it can be easily cleaned and maintained. However, it is unavoidable that over time, leather will fade or incur damage from accidents and daily usage.

Most people think that when leather items get worn or damaged, they are not repairable and that they have no other choice but to cover them up or buy new ones. Leather items normally cost a lot, so instead of replacement or throwing them away when they get damaged; choosing to repair them can be a more economical option. A professional repair will help you restore these back to their former beauty. Leather interior accents and features can look amazing all the time with the help of expert technicians.

There are professional services available which can expertly restore and repair such goods for a reasonable price. Aside from being affordable, a professional can make use of special techniques for treating the damaged items.

Professional leather repair services make use of expert dyeing treatments that are used by most manufacturers and designers. With an experienced eye, they are also able to mix and match dye on-site to the exact color and sheen so that repairs appear discreet and hardly noticeable. These professionals are also able to provide owners with a warranty to ensure them that repairs will hold up over time.

The experts are able to repair your leather in any environment whether homes, offices, hotels, cars or even yachts and aircrafts, using specialist techniques, which are tailored to the setting. These experts are likely to have the experience required for an end result that can't be achieved with do-it-yourself leather repair kits.

The Leather Doctor has spent decades working closely with some of the world’s top furniture manufacturers and retailers to perfect the art of cleaning, restoring and caring for fine leather products. Today, from our Dubai headquarters, a 20-strong team of technicians offer rapid on-location and workshop services throughout the UAE,

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

To Increase Life of Leather Goods

Removing Stain

Get rid of the surface stain with a damp cloth. Then allow the leather to dry again. After this, use a mild cleaner like  shampoo and remove the stain completely.

Cleaning stain

Generally, a paste of one part tartar and one part lemon juice works well to wipe dark stains off your prized leather possessions. Rub the paste on the problem area and leave it for 20 minutes. Remove it with a slight piece cloth dipped in soap or shampoo  water. After the removal, dry the leather with a towel. To remove stains immediately.

Avoid Strong cleansers

Use leather are maintenance and just like everything else that falls into that category, they are also extremely delicate. So keep those alkalis and alcohol-based cleansers. Bleach, some cleaners and varnish are other items that you must never use unless you want to see serious damage or discoloration on your beloved Leather sofa, Leather upholstery.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Leather Jacket Caring

Never immerse a leather jacket in water or place it in a washing machine.

Make your leather water resistant.

Apply leather conditioner occasionally. Rubbing in leather conditioner restores oil to the leather, preventing excessive dryness and cracking, but too much oil can clog the pores and affect the jacket's color or longevity. Only apply leather conditioner when the jacket starts to feel dry or stiff.

There are many leather protector products, but read the label carefully before buying. A silicone polymer spray, should preserve your leather's appearance and shine. Grease-based or wax-based products are more protective, but not recommended for jackets due to their potential effect on color, longevity, shine, and smell. Check the label on your product to find out how long the water resistance lasts. Typically, the product needs to be re-applied once every several weeks or months.

The Leather Doctor is the specialist in eliminating tears and scratches, cleaning, conditioning and repairing your treasured item regardless of age and condition.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Are you a Horse, a Gazelle or a Falcon, when it comes to luxury goods?

Chalhoub Group did a study on the GCC luxury consumers 2 years ago, and we were able to spot three consumer profiles - the horse, the gazelle and the falcon. Last year the consumer segmentation conducted along with Bain & Co through 2,000 face-to-face interviews across the region permitted us to quantify these different consumer types as follows:

'The Omnivore Horse' most represented by the markets of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Jeddah and also more skewed towards females. These consumers are very strongly attached to fashion as they go behind trends, regularly update with new pieces, are on trend through magazines and blogs, and show strong celebrity influence. They associate luxury with things, like gourmet food, spas, furniture, travel, and cars. They will considerably spend money in all these categories.

There is 10 percent annual growth reported for the personal luxury goods market over the last decade. But it is expected to slow down to around 4 to 5% in the next few years

In terms of expectations in store they will require it all, from the latest products to store staff skill. It is very important to reward these loyal customers with invitations to previews and access to personal stylists. They will show the highest brand awareness and a high conversion to a wide collection of brands.

'The Opinionated Horse', mostly found in Doha is mostly male-oriented. For this particular category, being granted special prices comes first, followed by the newest offer, service and surely recognition. It is also about the right appearance, but because it will showcase success.

For 'The Conservative Horse', mostly seen in Riyadh, fashion is about reassurance. Critical influences will include primarily social media. In Addition, they will require a good dose of reassurance through all types of advertising. They will still be fuelled by the need for reassurance, needing sales staff expertise in the brand and aware of trends as well as recognising them as loyal customers.

'Gazelles' are quite influenced by celebrities and observe fashion as an expression of effortless style. In terms of expectations in store, these consumers will require it all: from the newest products, to store staff expertise in the brand and aware of trends, to being recognised as a loyal customer, including invitation to previews and being sent collections at home.

An archetype still very much in its infancy, 'Falcons' are somewhat distance themselves from the materialistic world and are beginning to value luxury for the experiences and the pleasure it can bring.

In–store these consumers look for knowledge of the brand's history and heritage as well as deep understanding of how the product is created. The sales person must become storytellers, helping them immerse themselves in the very essence of the brand.  In terms of products, they will be interested to bespoke and 'made to measure' items. In terms of events, intimacy is supreme.