25 Ways To Destroy A Couch

Category: General

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 destroy... [read more...]

How to keep auto interior looking new

Category: Cars, boats and planes, Common Leather Problems, DIY, Leather Advice From the Pros

Eating fast food in your car is unavoidable on some busy days, and we’ve all had those, “Oh crap!” moments when fries went flying all over the car seat.  Although this isn’t unusual or uncommon, it’s probably not something you should brush off too lightly if you have leather seats. Grease and oil, even just the natural oils in your skin, can really add up and cause damage to your leathe... [read more...]

Why leather car and motorcycle seats crack

Category: 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. 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... [read more...]

Sun damaged car and motorcycle seats

Category: 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...]

How to clean leather car and motorcycle seats

Category: Cars, boats and planes, DIY, Leather Advice From the Pros

Old Bike seat How often to clean car and motorcycle seats We recommend that you clean and protect your car and motorcycle seats 6-8 times a year, cleaning seats that get used frequently the most and those that often go untouched less frequently. Why you should clean your leather car and motorcycle seats Dirt and oil collect on seats easily.  You usually can’t see this fine layer of mess, but it acts as an... [read more...]

Old wives’ tales for repairing leather car seats

Category: 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

Category: 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

Category: 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

Category: 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

Category: 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...]