Wednesday, 24 June 2015

How to Care for Leather Sofa

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. No special precautions are necessary when vacuuming leather furniture.


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. This will remove dust from the leather and keep it looking its best.

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, 23 June 2015

How to Remove Stains From Leather

Ink stains the leather and will be absorbed very quickly.Any product that will dissolve the ink will also dissolve the color from  leather. If the ink is fresh then Leather Solution may sometimes remove it before the leather can absorb it. Home remedies can sometimes work but usually they cause more problems and enlarge the original problem. Small marks can disappear without any treatment as the leather takes them in. Small marks and large stains and scribbles can be removed professionally and the area recolored to match.

Human and dog urine usually do not harm the leather .  A mild detergent / soap solution can usually clean the offensive problem. You do not want to soak the leather. Remove the cushion if you can and remove the stuffing. 


Oil Stains From Food, Skin, And Hair

oil and cheese had leaked onto the leather. these instructions are first step being to dump corn starch onto the stain. My guess is the powder absorbed the oil faster than the leather could. Of course I don’t know how large an area was affected. This is the best emergency action for sudden problems.
Small oil stains can be treated and successfully removed if you have the patience. Corn starch (or in a pinch, talcum powder) rubbed briskly into the stain with your fingers until the heat from the friction is felt. That heat loosens the oil and allows the corn starch to absorb the oil before the leather can. This method rarely takes out any color but does take out the oil. Patience and persistence are the keys to success.Larger stains from head and hand oil require time in our shop and usually require refinishing as well as extraction.


Water Stains
Clean water stains such as condensation from a glass is easily treated with clean water! You have a stain because the water drop or “ring” has dried in the middle of a piece of leather. It has a clear point of demarcation to the rest of the leather.
 
Water has a tendency to dry leather’s natural “oils” so it is best to condition the leather after getting rid of the stain with “The Leather Solution Cleaner, Conditioner and Protector". Dirty water or tea, coffee, soda can be treated the same way but may leave its own mark that requires professional care.
Removing paint from leather is tricky, and you may not always be successful. Most solutions used to remove paint will also remove the pigment from your leather furniture


If you want to treat your leather better and increase its lifespan, apply saddle soap in small quantities to it regularly. The key to healthy leather is proactive treatment, not reactive treatment.The manufacturer may recommend a certain conditioner or cleaner to remove ink stains. They may also advise against doing something, possibly on this list, that either won't clean the leather or will actively hurt it.