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Q. My dog has scratched the surface off one of my leather sofa cushions. Can it be fixed?
A. Yes! This is actually quite common (don't know why dogs do this it's like they are digging into the cushion, scratching away). After removing any loose bits the leather is rubbed down to as smooth a finish as possible, a little leather filler may be needed to achieve this. The colour is matched to the existing leather (after its cleaned of course) and applied either by sponge or Airbrush (spray) or a mixture of the two. It is then sealed with two applications to complete the repair. Note: Unfortunately if the leather is grained then the damage inflicted will most probably have removed it and this repair as stated will leave the area smooth (hardly noticeable in view of how it looked before repair).
Did you know? The "Grain" of Natural Leather is quite fine. A great deal of Fully Pigmented Leather (approx 85% of all leather furniture sold) actually has the grain imprinted (stamped) into it during processing.
Q. Is it possible to repair a Cigarette burn in leather?
A. Yes it is possible but it depends on the dimensions of the actual burn as to whether it would be recommended, especially on a seat cushion.
Q. I have recently bought a Leather Lounge Suite - How do I look after it?
A. If you have a leather lounge suite you need to understand a few important points:
You don't really need expensive cleaners to keep on top of cleaning a leather suite but if you don't wipe it over pretty regularly dirt will build up on the surface / in the grain and eventually, especially if the leather is light in colour, it will look grimey. A clean cloth and some luke warm water with just a very little mild detergent (soap flakes or even baby soap) added enough to only barely creates suds when aggitated. Rinse the cloth, wring it out and wipe over the leather surface. Do not rub (even if there are marks on it) by rubbing you can sometimes remove the top colour even rubbing gently because:-
The final process of the hide tanning process is to seal the leather surface with a translucent top seal. You can't see it but it's there protecting the coloured surface against staining and hard wear. What you probably don't know is that this protection wears off under normal use after 2-3 years leaving the leather vulnerable to colour wear and staining.
Also Leather needs a moisturiser from time to time - a quick wipe over with a car sponge and a good leather conditioning cream will keep the leather supple and prevent it drying out & cracking (especially if close to CH radiators).
That's it the very basics of how to look after most types of leather.
Q. I have a Leather Sofa that is losing colour - Can it be fixed?
A. Yes - Addressing colour loss issues on Car Interior and Domestic leather is a major part of a Leather Repairers job. People experience colour loss of their leather items in many different ways. Hair Products, Nail Varnish, Pet Damage, Effect of Perspiration etc etc.
Another culprit regarding colour loss is the Two-Tone Leather finish i.e. A base pigmented leather flashed with variable shades of a darker top coat (to give it so called "Character"). This type of finish is much more prone to colour fade/loss and really susceptible to the effects of such things as natural oils in human skin and pet fur
Generally the repair regime is the same. The damaged area needs to be prepared properly to take new leather pigment (colour). It certainly needs a thorough cleaning and degreasing maybe even using a spirit cleaner to achieve the level of cleanliness required.
Most experienced repairers will colour match the existing colour on-site whilst carrying out the repair. Its vital to get a good match.
Once re-coloured the leather needs to be re-sealed with a seal whose sheen matches the original finish between Full Matt & Full Gloss mixed to suit.