cracked leather Tag

Top 3 Reasons You Should Maintain Your Leather

Posted: Jul 29, 2013By: FibrenewCategory: Automotive::Franchise, Aviation::Franchise, Cars, boats and planes, Cleaning::Franchise, Commercial::Franchise, DIY, General, Home and Office, Leather Advice From the Pros, Marine::Franchise, Residential::Franchise

Cleaning your leather products can seem unnecessary when you already have a busy schedule. Who wants to spend time wiping down their sofa when they could be doing something fun?

While it’s pretty normal to want to avoid cleaning, there are some important benefits that come from regular leather cleaning. We’ve broken down the top three for you in hopes that it will inspire you to keep cleaning!

Lasting pigmentation: The color and overall look of your leather is bound to be better when it’s been subjected to regular cleanings. It doesn’t need to be anything intense; just wiping down your leather products with a damp cloth on a weekly basis can make a world of difference!

Durability: Caring properly for your leather goods will lead to stronger leather, which will last longer over time. Having to replace a leather sofa or chair can be tedious; regular cleaning and upkeep will keep your fabric strong for many years. And don’t forget, Fibrenew can fix any tough fabric issues you may encounter!

Comfort: Sitting on cracked, aged leather is simply not as comfortable as lounging on a pristine fabric. Basic maintenance, such as wiping down your leather, keeping it out of the sun and using a good leather protector, will help keep your leather in excellent shape. You’ll never be worried about company disliking your sofa!

Keeping your leather in great shape isn’t very hard; a little time and effort is all that is necessary! Fibrenew is here to offer tips as well as assistance with difficult maintenance.


How to keep your leather car seats from cracking: Video

Posted: Dec 27, 2011By: FibrenewCategory: Automotive::Franchise, DIY, Leather Advice From the Pros

This video addresses why leather car seats crack, how to keep them from cracking and how to get them fixed.
For a more in-depth look at the topic, check out our blog post answering the same questions. If you have any more questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments!  We’d love to help!

Why leather car and motorcycle seats crack

Posted: Nov 14, 2011By: FibrenewCategory: 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.

Cracked leather car seat

Cracked leather car seat

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 act like a fine sand paper, breaking down the protective layer on fully finished leather over time, eventually leading to visible cracks at the surface.  Once the protective layer is broken down, the leather underneath, which is incredibly porous, soaks up the dirt and oil sitting on its surface causing further abrasion and damage.

2. A manufacturer problem can cause leather to crack -

Tanneries put a layer of dye and a protective top coating on cow hide (almost like paint on drywall) to make fully finished leather.  Leather has a lot of give and will stretch and move as people sit and slide around on it, so the manufacturer needs to stretch it properly before they put on the dye and protective top coating.  If they don’t stretch it well, the leather will quickly stretch more than the dye can handle, and the coating will crack.

Once leather is cracked, a leather repair professional can typically fix it, however, it is much cheaper and easier to clean and take care of your leather seats from the start than to deal with cracking after it happens.

Additional Questions?

We’d be happy to answer any additional questions you have.  Please post questions in the comments below, and, if you want to show us a photo of a specific piece of leather, either post it on our Facebook page or contact your local franchisee.


How to prevent sun damage to leather furniture

Posted: Aug 15, 2011By: FibrenewCategory: 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.

Couch faded by the sun

Couch faded by the sun

Faded Leather

Fading is commonly seen in semi-aniline and aniline leathers, and it is less common in fully-finished leathers that have a protective topcoat. It’s a problem people frequently face, and, if you put your leather furniture next to a window that gets a lot of sunlight, you can see fading in as little as 4 to 6 months.

Dried Leather

Drying will occur with any type of leather. The sun’s heat slowly causes the moisture and natural oil in leather to evaporate.  Over time, if you don’t care for your leather properly, it will dry out and crack.

Badly cracked chair

Badly cracked chair

How to Prevent Sun Damage

One crucial step to preventing fading and cracking is to, if possible, keep your leather furniture out of direct sunlight. You can do all the right things to protect your sofa, but, if it’s directly in front of a sunny window, it is only a matter of time before the heat takes its toll. If you do need to place furniture in front of a window (we know, most people do), invest in some blinds to shade your furniture from the sun during the hottest, sunniest parts of the day.  Those blinds will be a lot cheaper than taking your leather upholstery to a professional for patching and re-dying later on down the road.

Another important precaution to take is to clean and protect your furniture 3-4 times a year with a leather conditioning kit. For tips, check out our post on how to clean and protect your leather.

On a final note, do not try to treat your leather with olive oil or any other type of oil—it will end up causing major damage in the long run.

Questions? Comments? We’d love to hear from you!


How to prevent cracked leather furniture

Posted: Feb 8, 2011By: FibrenewCategory: Common Leather Problems, DIY, Leather Advice From the Pros

Cracked leather

Cracked leather

To be totally honest, if aniline or semi-aniline upholstery leather cracks, it’s often too far gone to be worth repairing. Now, this is not always the case, but when these leathers crack, it’s usually the result of problems that have been neglected or unnoticed for a long, long time. Fully-finished leather is different, though. Check out another of our blog posts for explanations of the most common types of upholstery leather.

Cracking of fully-finished leather is actually a very common problem that leather restoration experts can easily fix, but like most things with leather furniture, it’s easier (and cheaper) to take care of the problem before it really becomes a problem.

Why does leather crack?

Our estimate is that 95% of cracking in fully-finished leather starts with one of these two culprits:

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DIY Tips: How to fix scratches in leather furniture

Posted: Jan 10, 2011By: FibrenewCategory: Common Leather Problems, DIY, Home and Office, Leather Advice From the Pros

One of the most common problems with leather furniture is scratching. Fortunately, surface scratches on leather are pretty easy to take care of.

What you need to know:

Most leather furniture is made of fully-finished leather that does not scratch easily.  It has a surface coating that prevents the type of minor surface scratches that are so often a problem on less durable types of leather, like semi-aniline or aniline.  If you experience minor scratching on your aniline leather, use the following information to remedy the problem.  If your fully-finished or semi-aniline leather has been scratched, it is likely scratched too deeply for this method to be effective, and you may need to call a professional.

What kind of leather do I have?

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