If you have problems with the interior of your car, whether it be cloth, vinyl or leather, such as a rip in the seat, a stain or even a cigarette burn, it may drive you crazy enough to go ahead and look into restoring the upholstery. It isn’t something that insurance will cover because it is cosmetic but it will make you feel better about the appearance of your vehicle.
Another common reason people look for solutions for restoring upholstery in their vehicle is if they happen to have a vehicle that they are fixing up. If it is an old time antique or vintage automobile, it may be a hobby for you to restore it. It is possible to do some upholstery restoration on your own but it may take you a lot of time to figure out how to do it as well as a good chunk of change, especially if you do it wrong and have to redo it. You may be surprised to find that there are restoration kits available for purchase online. Finding out if it is the right product for you to use may take a little bit of investigation.
When considering automotive upholstery restoration, you may want to look for a professional to take care of it for you. Simply conduct a search in your telephone directory or online to look for one in your area that can perform the job for you. Also make sure that the company you are going to deal with is a reputable one and be sure to obtain a price quote before confirming whether or not you chose them to restore it for you.
You have tried your best keep your leather furniture safe, but accidents have damaged it. Well, it is normal for leather furniture to get destroyed as occasional scuffs, small tears and spills are bound to happen. However, there is no need to worry as leather can be repaired and restored to its original beauty easily.
There are many myths about leather repair, so when you are looking to fix your leather furniture, it is important to keep the myths at bay.
Leather cuts cannot be repaired: The biggest myth that leather cuts cannot be repaired is absolutely FALSE. Although this is the hardest to repair, it certainly can be fixed. There are numerous leather repair kits available at most leather stores which come equipped with adhesives made especially for leather. If the cuts are big, then you might need to put some padding under the patch to completely mend it, but regardless of the size of the cut, it can be fixed!
Super Glue can fix the minor tears in leather: Another myth which will ruin your leather furniture rather than repair it. NEVER ever use super glue to fix tears on your leather upholstery. Super glue is not flexible and therefore is not a good solution to fix torn leather. It hardens and causes more damage to it rather than repair it.
Markers can be used for discoloration:Many old wives tales state that you can use markers to repair discolored leather. However, that is NOT true. Markers cannot match the exact appearance of the leather as it is not made for this purpose, so never use a marker to quickly remove the discoloration. You will only end up creating an irregular look.
Hair Spray can remove small stains: Many people will tell you that hair spray can remove small stains from leather, but this is a big myth. Hair spray actually can cause major discoloration to your leather. This is because hair spray has high levels of alcohol in them which damages leather and its sticky deposit will collect more dust and the area which it is applied to will become worse for the wear!
Olive Oil can make your scuffed leather look new: This is not TRUE. Olive oil and all other oils actually speed up the deterioration process for leather. As leather is porous it will absorb the oil and over time the absorbed oil will lead to discoloration.
Repairing furniture for as many years as we have exposes us to a lot of “creative” methods in which couches can be destroyed. Our leather repair experts have seen it all and them some. To lighten up your week, we thought we’d share our top 25 ways a couch can be destroyed. Keep in mind, not all of these are repairable and don’t try any at home, but even for some of these complete couch destroyers, we can bring the furniture back from the brink!
25 Ways To Destroy A Couch
Take it to an open field, and proceed to destroy it “Office Space”-style.
Plan for a summer bonfire, and use the couch as kindling for your s’mores.
Haul the couch out a window or off of a building (given there are no pedestrians within range).
Shred it like cheese in a sofa shredder.
Buy a set of skis, attach them to the bottom, and find a snowy hill/mountain.
Find an empty parking lot, attach wheels to the bottom of the couch, and pull it behind a truck. See how many times you can swerve to make the couch hit a light post.
Find a trucker willing to make your couch his road kill.
One word: sledgehammer.
Go bungee jumping, except attach the couch to the bungee instead of yourself.
Nail to the bottom of a pool for underwater fun. For additional ambiance, add a side table and lamp.
Drizzle bacon grease all over the couch, then let your dogs do what they will with it.
Tape ketchup packets over the entire couch and tell your kids to jump on it.
For girls: break the frame underneath the cushions and invite over your significant other. Sit on the couch and act like you broke it, then cry hysterically about how fat you are. Tell him to get rid of the couch immediately.
For a complete Freddie costume on Halloween, use a chainsaw to cut the couch into sections during trick-or-treating.
Tote the couch to a bridge, then dump it off the side.
Donate the couch to a fraternity house.
Give your kids markers and set them loose in the living room.
Go four-wheeling after a rainy day, then roll around on your couch before showering.
Invite your hairy or slobbering dog to take a nap on the couch.
Before declawing your cat, allow him to use the couch as a scratching post.
Play “tug of war” with your couch – attach each end to a vehicle and see who breaks off the biggest piece.
Potty train your puppy on your couch.
Make your couch “outdoor furniture,” and leave it outside during a thunderstorm.
Take your couch on a skydiving trip but don’t pack its parachute right.
Invite your kids to eat their chocolate Easter bunnies on your couch.
You might read that you can use window cleaner, nail polish remover, magic sponges, cleaning wipes, hair spray, shoe polish and markers to fix your leather auto interior. But, these products will damage your leather, and you should not use them.
Oil products like olive oil, oil soap and WD-40 can ruin the leather seats in your car, so you should not use them. Old wives’ tales say oil helps soften up and condition leather, but that only works for baseball mitts and cowboy horse saddles – not your nice leather seats.
This video gives tips on taking good care of your car and keeping your dashboard looking new and lasting longer. These tips will help protect your leather from sun damage that can make the top layer separate from the rest of the dash.
If you have any more questions, check out our blog post on caring for your dashboard or leave questions in the comments!