how to clean leather Tag

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...]

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...]

Do not use disposable cleaning supplies or baby wipes on leather upholstery

Posted: Sep 19, 2011Category: Common Leather Problems, DIY, Home and Office, Leather Advice From the Pros

Disposable cleaning supplies and baby wipes are so handy that people have started using them to clean everything, leather upholstery included.  I urge you not to use them because, though you may not be able to see the damage immediately, these disposable cleaning supplies typically cause damage to the surface of your leather, often leaving them discolored and more susceptible to damage in the lon... [read more...]

Do not use shoe polish on leather upholstery

Posted: Sep 5, 2011Category: Common Leather Problems, DIY, Leather Advice From the Pros

Do not use shoe polish to touch up furniture It is a common mistake to use shoe polish on leather upholstery.  People try to use it on furniture and on their leather car seats, but it doesn’t work. The leather used in upholstery is tanned differently from the leather in shoes.  It does not soak up shoe polish like shoes do, so the polish will just sit on the surface of your leather and make a sticky mess. Depending on the type ... [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 fix water damaged leather car seats

Posted: Jul 1, 2011Category: 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...]

Debunking Myths: Frequently recommended leather remedies that ruin leather

Posted: Jan 13, 2011Category: General

Have a problem with your leather and not sure how to fix it?  Getting different pieces of advice everywhere you turn?  Here are a handful of so-called “leather remedies” that will do you more harm than good.  There is a lot of misinformation out there. Keep these tips in mind and you won’t turn a minor problem into a major one! Good Rule of Thumb The best way to remember what you ca... [read more...]