How to fix water damaged leather car seats

Category: 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...]

Fully-finished leather furniture and auto upholstery

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

Fully-Finished Leather Couch There are many types of leather, and leather jargon can be very overwhelming to people trying to figure out what kind of leather they have and want to buy. What makes one type of leather different from another? Leather is often sorted by the type of finish it has.  The three main types of upholstery leather finish are fully-finished, aniline and semi-aniline.  All of these terms are indicative... [read more...]

How to fix and prevent water damage to leather furniture upholstery

Category: Common Leather Problems, DIY, General, Leather Advice From the Pros

Water damage due to spills is not, typically, a major cause for concern with leather.  A little water won’t hurt leather at all, and most leather products have a protective layer that gives you enough time to clean up water spills before leather soaks it up.  When spills and small amounts of water do damage leather, it usually just makes the leather stiff. (Think about leather work gloves that... [read more...]

Do not use olive oil to fix your leather!

Category: Common Leather Problems, DIY, General, Leather Advice From the Pros

Do not use olive oil on your leather couch With dry, dirty or scratched leather, you may find yourself scouring the internet for DIY treatments. Many articles cite olive oil as a cure-all for every leather ailment, from scratches to dryness to odors. It is likely that this myth came from the age old practice of oiling baseball gloves and horse saddles.  Oil may have its perks in functionality for those purposes, but we strongly discourage... [read more...]

Why leather couches sag and how to prevent it

Category: General

Sagging leather couch At some point or another, I’m sure you’ve seen a leather sofa with a big, sagging indention in the owner’s favorite spot.  Want to be sure your furniture never looks like that?  Here’s some info on why it happens and what to do to prevent it.  We’ve also included what to do if your leather chair is already sagging. Why the sagging? The main cause of sagging is that the leath... [read more...]

Leather cleaning and repair products guide

Category: General

Do it yourself leather dye kit I can’t tell you how many jobs we have come in because people have tried do-it-yourself leather products that didn’t work out.  I hate that.  While I can’t speak for other company’s products, I can give you some good tips on what to look for. 1. Make sure the product you are using is designed specifically for the type of leather you are using it on.  There are a ton of different ... [read more...]

Used Leather Furniture Buying Guide

Category: General, Home and Office, Leather Advice From the Pros

Because buying used furniture is both eco-friendly and thrifty, it’s a very IN thing to do right now.  Here are some tips to be sure you make good buying decisions when it comes to used leather! Check to see if the previous owner took good care of it: We recommend that people use leather cleaner and protection cream to care for furniture several times a year.  Following those guidelines... [read more...]

How to prevent cracked leather furniture

Category: Common Leather Problems, DIY, Leather Advice From the Pros

Close shot of cracked leather To be totally honest, if aniline or semi-aniline upholstery leather cracks, it’s often too far gone to be worth repairing. Now, this is not always the case, but when these leathers crack, it’s usually the result of problems that have been neglected or unnoticed for a long, long time. Fully-finished leather is different, though. Check out another of our blog posts for explanations of the mo... [read more...]

How to prevent sun damage to leather upholstery

Category: Common Leather Problems, DIY, Leather Advice From the Pros

Leather chair darkened from body oil Unfortunately, sun and leather don’t usually mix well. Too much sunlight will do one of two things (and possibly both) to leather furniture and other upholstery– fading and drying. Fading is commonly seen in semi-aniline and aniline leathers, but is a little rarer in fully-finished leathers that have a protective top coat. It’s one of the most common problems we see, and if you put l... [read more...]

How to prevent and remove oil damage to leather furniture

Category: Common Leather Problems, DIY, Home and Office, Leather Advice From the Pros

One of the worst things to eat on leather couches is buttered popcorn – yes, the all-time favorite movie snack. What a bummer.   Unfortunately, folks, leather is extremely porous by nature, and it will soak up any oils you put on it – and that includes popcorn grease, lotion and the natural body oils that we all have on our skin.   You won’t notice any damage at first, but oils can... [read more...]