Common Leather Problems

Treasure Hunting for Old Leather Furniture on Ebay

Posted: Oct 15, 2012Category: Common Leather Problems, DIY

Sometimes furniture is way beyond repair. Either that or the repairs will cost more than the furniture is for. Instead, you may decide to go treasure hunting for old leather furniture rather than having it professionally restored. If you have never used Ebay before, you are in for a treat. The website has numerous options where you can search for an item that you are looking for and then either... [read more...]

How to Keep “The Chair” in the House Longer

Posted: Sep 3, 2012Category: Common Leather Problems, DIY, General

For general cleaning and preservation of leather, you need to use a good quality water-based leather cleaner. You should NEVER use anything containing oils, waxes or silicone. (Most 'conditioners' contain waxes or oils and furniture polish contains silicone) . DO NOT use mink oil. A bottle of good quality leather cleaner should do your furniture 1-2 times. Baby wipes are the worst thing you can... [read more...]

Common Misconceptions: How Much Damage is Too Much Damage to Repair on Furniture?

Posted: Aug 3, 2012Category: Common Leather Problems, DIY, Leather Advice From the Pros

We've all had furniture we “just loved” until the dog peed on it or the cat scratch her lovely claws down the upholstery or little Johnny spilled his grape juice all over the cushion. When does the damage from every day life mean it's time to splurge on new furniture? Is it when the movers knock a leg or two off or when little Maggie cuts a hole in the back with her new scissor skills? Is all ... [read more...]

How to keep auto interior looking new

Posted: Nov 21, 2011Category: Cars, boats and planes, Common Leather Problems, DIY, Leather Advice From the Pros

Eating fast food in your car is unavoidable on some busy days, and we’ve all had those, “Oh crap!” moments when fries went flying all over the car seat.  Although this isn’t unusual or uncommon, it’s probably not something you should brush off too lightly if you have leather seats. Grease and oil, even just the natural oils in your skin, can really add up and cause damage to your leathe... [read more...]

Why leather car and motorcycle seats crack

Posted: Nov 14, 2011Category: Cars, boats and planes, Common Leather Problems, Leather Advice From the Pros

Most car interior leather and motorcycle seats are fully finished, and there are a couple of reasons why it cracks. Cracking usually occurs when the protective coating on fully finished leather is worn down or when there has been a manufacturer problem. 1. Body oil and dirt can cause leather to crack - It is very easy for dirt and oils to collect on the surface of leather.  Together, these... [read more...]

Sun damaged car and motorcycle seats

Posted: Nov 7, 2011Category: Cars, boats and planes, Common Leather Problems, Leather Advice From the Pros

You may notice that, over time, your soft leather car or motorcycle seats become dry or faded. Many people attribute this to wear and tear, but it is actually caused by heat and light from the sun. Because the leather in your vehicle is likely to be exposed to a lot of sunlight and heat in parking lots, vehicle manufacturers use leather that is highly resistant to sun damage in their seats. ... [read more...]

Old wives’ tales for repairing leather car seats

Posted: Oct 24, 2011Category: Cars, boats and planes, Common Leather Problems, DIY, Leather Advice From the Pros

I've seen people try every household product in the book to clean and repair their leather auto interior, and there are 8 products I see that cause major problems for people on a regular basis.  I don’t recommend using any of the following on your auto leather: Olive oil Shoe polish Beeswax Hair spray Markers Window cleaner Finger nail polish remover Disposable cleaning suppl... [read more...]

Do not use hair spray to fix leather upholstery

Posted: Oct 17, 2011Category: Common Leather Problems, DIY, Leather Advice From the Pros

Hair spray has always been a favorite fix-all by old wives’ tale believers.  Hair spray has been hailed as a solution for stain removal, stopping runs in tights and is now being used to remove stains from leather furniture. While many of the ladies here at Fibrenew do insist that it works wonders on stocking runs, we are all 100 percent in agreement that you should NEVER try using it on leat... [read more...]

Do not use markers to fill in spots on your leather upholstery

Posted: Oct 10, 2011Category: Common Leather Problems, DIY, Home and Office, Leather Advice From the Pros

The business of dying leather is a tricky one, and you really can’t replicate it with any marker.  People come to us all the time asking us to fix problems they’ve created trying to fix a bleached out or discolored spot on their upholstery with a similarly colored marker.  The fact of the matter is that dyed leather usually has many layers and tones, and thinking you can find one marker that... [read more...]

Do not use window cleaner on leather upholstery

Posted: Oct 3, 2011Category: Common Leather Problems, DIY, General, Home and Office, Leather Advice From the Pros

Discolored footrest from household cleaner Most people, myself included, think of window cleaner as being one of the mildest of all cleaners.  People consider it to be so mild they could use it on almost anything.  Unfortunately, you really cannot use window cleaner on leather upholstery because almost all of it contains alcohol. Alcohol will damage the surface of your leather, especially breaking down the protective top coat on fully... [read more...]