Caring for your boat vinyl through the winter months

Category: Cars, boats and planes

Though winter is just getting ramped up, don't forget about that beautiful vinyl in your boat.  Before the waves start slapping against the sides of the boat, there are a few tips to caring for the vinyl in boats that if followed now as the vessel is prepared for the season, and then during the season, will prevent plenty of headaches and expensive repairs in the future. A few little-known fac... [read more...]

Treasure Hunting for Old Leather Furniture on Ebay

Category: 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

Category: 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...]

Automotive Upholstery Restoration

Category: Automotive::Franchise

If you have problems with the interior of your car, whether it be cloth, vinyl or leather, such as a rip in the seat, a stain or even a cigarette burn, it may drive you crazy enough to go ahead and look into restoring the upholstery. It isn't something that insurance will cover because it is cosmetic but it will make you feel better about the appearance of your vehicle. Another common reason p... [read more...]

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

Category: 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...]

Leathery Lies: Top 5 Myths about Leather Repair

Category: Leather Advice From the Pros

You have tried your best keep your leather furniture safe, but accidents have damaged it. Well, it is normal for leather furniture to get destroyed as occasional scuffs, small tears and spills are bound to happen. However, there is no need to worry as leather can be repaired and restored to its original beauty easily. There are many myths about leather repair, so when you are looking to fix you... [read more...]

25 Ways To Destroy A Couch

Category: General

Repairing furniture for as many years as we have exposes us to a lot of "creative" methods in which couches can be destroyed.  Our leather repair experts have seen it all and them some. To lighten up your week, we thought we'd share our top 25 ways a couch can be destroyed. Keep in mind, not all of these are repairable and don't try any at home, but even for some of these complete couch destroy... [read more...]

How to keep auto interior looking new

Category: 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

Category: 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

Category: 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...]