How to prevent sun damage to leather furniture

Category: Home and Office, Leather Advice From the Pros

Leather furniture and upholstery will inevitably face some wear and tear throughout its life, and there are many types of damage you can’t avoid. However, sun damage is one problem that can definitely be prevented. Too much sunlight and heat will fade and/or dry out your leather. Faded Leather Fading is commonly seen in semi-aniline and aniline leathers, and it is less common in fully-fini... [read more...]

How to clean vinyl boat seats

Category: Cars, boats and planes, DIY, Vinyl Advice From the Pros

Vinyl is an incredibly durable material, and it holds up well to water exposure.  Because of its durability, the vast majority of cushioned boat seats are made of vinyl.  While vinyl is designed to hold up well to wear and tear, it does have its limits. Time itself can take a major toll on vinyl if you don’t care for it properly.  It is important to clean your vinyl well on a regular basis, n... [read more...]

How to clean mildew off your boat seats

Category: Cars, boats and planes, DIY, Vinyl Advice From the Pros

Mildew is one of the most common problems with vinyl boat seats.  It often grows on seats when boats are covered because it thrives in warm, dark, damp places.  Mildew ends up smelling and looking bad, and it can eventually break down the vinyl your seats are made of.  It’s best to take measures to prevent it whenever possible and clean it up quickly once you realize it’s become a problem. ... [read more...]

How to clean tree sap off your boat seats

Category: Cars, boats and planes, DIY, Vinyl Advice From the Pros

Tree sap is one of the most common causes of damage to vinyl boat seats.  It can get on vinyl seats while the boat is uncovered or if a small portion of the cover comes loose, exposing the vinyl. The real problem with tree sap is that it melts easily into the seats in the sun or hot weather, making it next to impossible to clean off.  It is best to take preventative measures to keep tree sap ... [read more...]

Leather car seat cleaning and repair product guide

Category: Cars, boats and planes, Common Leather Problems, Leather Advice From the Pros

There are a plethora of leather products available to clean and repair auto leather.  Some of these can be great tools for car owners, but others contain harmful chemicals that will do more harm than good for your car. Here are some good tips on what to look for when shopping around for leather products: 1. Make sure the product you are using is designed specifically for the type of leather... [read more...]

How to prevent dirt and oil damage to vinyl boat seats

Category: Cars, boats and planes, DIY, Vinyl Advice From the Pros

If you own a boat and your seats have cushions, it is highly likely those cushions are made of vinyl. Vinyl is an ideal material for boat seats because it is not easily damaged by water and holds up well in most any weather. While this material is very durable, surface dirt can wear it down over time. When people sit, stand and move around on your boat seats, the dirt and oils on the surfac... [read more...]

How to fix water damaged leather car seats

Category: Cars, boats and planes, Common Leather Problems, DIY, Leather Advice From the Pros

Massage water damaged leather in car seats to fix them We’ve all done it—left our car windows open or our tops down in the rain. Good news is - a little bit of water, if cleaned up quickly, isn’t likely to hurt your leather. In fact, most car leather has a protective layer that will help prevent immediate damage.  This coating is designed to give you enough time to clean up a small drink spill before it soaks into your leather.  So, if you ... [read more...]

Fully-finished leather furniture and auto upholstery

Category: Cars, boats and planes, Home and Office, Leather Advice From the Pros

Fully-Finished Leather Couch There are many types of leather, and leather jargon can be very overwhelming to people trying to figure out what kind of leather they have and want to buy. What makes one type of leather different from another? Leather is often sorted by the type of finish it has.  The three main types of upholstery leather finish are fully-finished, aniline and semi-aniline.  All of these terms are indicative... [read more...]

How to fix and prevent water damage to leather furniture upholstery

Category: Common Leather Problems, DIY, General, Leather Advice From the Pros

Water damage due to spills is not, typically, a major cause for concern with leather.  A little water won’t hurt leather at all, and most leather products have a protective layer that gives you enough time to clean up water spills before leather soaks it up.  When spills and small amounts of water do damage leather, it usually just makes the leather stiff. (Think about leather work gloves that... [read more...]

Do not use olive oil to fix your leather!

Category: Common Leather Problems, DIY, General, Leather Advice From the Pros

Do not use olive oil on your leather couch With dry, dirty or scratched leather, you may find yourself scouring the internet for DIY treatments. Many articles cite olive oil as a cure-all for every leather ailment, from scratches to dryness to odors. It is likely that this myth came from the age old practice of oiling baseball gloves and horse saddles.  Oil may have its perks in functionality for those purposes, but we strongly discourage... [read more...]