Leather Fading.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 | 0 comments

Faded leather is the top leather repair that I perform for residential customers.  Once beautiful leather furniture now looks old and worn out.  Luckily, in most cases, leather color restoration is possible and very much worth the small investment.

The number one cause of leather fading is sun damage.  This one is easy to spot because only the exposed areas of the furniture will be faded while the rest looks good as new.

The second leading cause of leather fading is dogs.  This is more a case of the leather finish being rubbed or scratched off.  You can usually tell when it’s the dog’s fault because only the bottom cushions and maybe the arms will exhibit color loss.

Other causes of leather color loss may include normal wear and tear, cleaning chemicals, and some conditioners.

Restoring color to leather is one of my favorite jobs.  It is very rewarding to take an old worn out looking furniture piece and give it new life!

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Conditioning Leather Furniture.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 | 0 comments

Conditioning your leather furniture is extremely important to ensure the longevity of your investment.  However, most people don’t do it!  Many expensive repair jobs could have been avoided simply by conditioning on a regular basis.  When leather dries out, it will begin to crack and cracks eventually become tears.

How often should I condition my leather furniture?  In Utah, we have very dry air which will damage leather more quickly than in other areas.  I would recommend you condition your leather every six months.

What leather conditioner should I buy?  This is a good question since there are many types of conditioner on the market and some are very expensive.  The conditioners that I use are proprietary and not sold in stores.  The best thing to do is always test the conditioner on an inconspicuous area of leather and see what happens.  Let it dry over night.  Some will darken the leather too much or leave a white film.  Others will remove color from the leather!  You really have to be careful.

Depending on the type of finish your leather has, conditioning leather can be tricky.  It is also labor intensive.  Sometimes it’s better to have a professional do the work.

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