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cleaning-refinishingLeather is perhaps the most prestigious material for any upholstery in one’s home and professional environment. Leather furniture gives off an impression of luxury and elegance to any who merely gaze upon it, let alone sit and experience its vaunted comfort. While known for being very durable, more so than most materials used for upholstery, it’s still very possible to damage or stain leather surfaces in several ways. In fact, a common misconception is that leather furniture doesn’t require any maintenance or special care. This causes many owners to realize the ramifications of their improper handling of leather much too late.
As is the case with any fine material, leather is subject to wear and tear as well as discoloration. This can happen over time or through certain careless actions. The appearance of leather can be greatly compromised by even a small amount of cracks occurring on the surface. We’ve all seen how much worse cracked leather looks compared to one that is silky and smooth. Soil can find its way into the leather despite what some might think, as can oils, dyes and inks. The dye from certain clothing or other types of fabric as well as bodily oils from people and animals can all cause significant discoloration or damage depending on the amount of exposure and how long they were applied to the leather finish.
Once your leather has been discolored, stained or cracked, you will probably need to contact a cleaning service so that a leather specialist can examine your furniture. The leather professional will know the type of leather used and will assess the severity of the damage involved. Then, steps will be taken to restore the appearance of the leather back to its initial stage. Cracks are also dealt with in a similar fashion, and having cracks on your leather surface doesn’t have to mean the damage is permanent.
The leather professionals will perform a leather restoration process to minimize the amount of cracks produced by wear and tear on the surface. The primary method through which this is accomplished is applying a pigmentation to every part of the surface that is seeing cracks and tearing. It’s recommended that you do not attempt to apply this yourself as missing the color even slightly can fix the cracks but cause noticeable discoloration whenever someone looks closer.
Because leather furniture tends to be very expensive, you shouldn’t try to deal with the restoration process on your own. Lack of knowledge can make a bad situation even worse and further diminish the appearance and vitality of what was once a fine leather surface. After the specialists are done with their restoration, you should take all the necessary steps in their absence to guarantee the longevity and freshness of the surface. This includes keeping pets off the leather, being mindful of the colored fabric that you place on the furniture, frequent vacuuming as well as regular cleaning of the surface with water or certain mild detergents. On top of this, you should schedule a professional leather cleaning service two to four times a year to ensure your leather is always in the best condition.