DIY Tag

Top 3 Reasons You Should Maintain Your Leather

Posted: Jul 29, 2013Category: 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 cle... [read more...]

How to keep your boat’s interior in cruising condition

Posted: May 29, 2013Category: Cars, boats and planes, DIY, Marine::Franchise, Vinyl Advice From the Pros

As the temperatures climb higher, boat lovers everywhere will be returning to the water every chance they get. Taking your boat out after a long, cold winter can be extremely refreshing, especially if you have been kept off of the water by the weather. While you’re gearing up for your joyride, remember to pay attention to your upholstery. Summer weather is beautiful, but it can also lead to worn... [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...]

Don’t use finger nail polish remover to remove marks on leather upholstery

Posted: Sep 26, 2011Category: Common Leather Problems, DIY, Home and Office, Leather Advice From the Pros

It’s true that finger nail polish will remove marks on leather upholstery, but it also removes the dyes that are supposed to be on the leather, leaving a bleached out spot on your leather’s surface.  Finger nail polish also wears down the top coat on fully-finished leathers, leaving them more susceptible to damage. There are a number of other home remedies and wives’ tales about usin... [read more...]

Old wives’ tales to repair leather furniture

Posted: Aug 29, 2011Category: DIY, Leather Advice From the Pros

There are dozens and dozens of old wives’ tales on different household products that can be used to clean and repair leather.  Heed my advice – don’t use any of the following products on your leather furniture!  I’ve seen countless pieces of furniture ruined by these very things and wouldn’t want you to find yourself in the same predicament. 1. Olive oil: Lots of people use olive oi... [read more...]

Leather furniture cleaning and repair product guide

Posted: Aug 22, 2011Category: Common Leather Problems, DIY, Home and Office, Leather Advice From the Pros

When it comes to repairing and caring for leather furniture, there are hundreds of options.  Furniture stores and online retailers offer up products that do everything from cleaning to dying leather.  However, you should proceed with extreme caution when you use these DIY products on your furniture.  I’ve heard and seen the effects of horror stories where these products ruined people’s leat... [read more...]

How to clean vinyl boat seats

Posted: Aug 8, 2011Category: 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...]