leather sofas Tag

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

Fingernail polish remover took the color out of this couch when the owner tried to use it to remove the pen mark. 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

This couch has a slightly discolored mark because the owner used a cleaner with alcohol in it. 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

Nail Polish Remover 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...]

How to prevent sun damage to leather furniture

Posted: Aug 15, 2011Category: Home and Office, Leather Advice From the Pros

Couch faded by the sun 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...]

Types of leather: Must-know info for buying leather

Posted: Dec 3, 2010Category: General

Protected leather My customers are confused about different types of leather – either because they aren’t sure what they should look for when it comes time to buy new furniture, or because they have a problem (like a scratch or stain) that needs to be fixed.  This quick guide should help you understand the big picture.  If you have other questions, leave them in the comments below! 1. Fully-Finished Leath... [read more...]