Leather cleaning - Here's a note for the do-it-yourselfers.... DON'T!
Well, O.K., sure you should do the as-needed wipe-down with a damp cloth (and dry) to remove surface dust. Dust left on leather will find its way to creases and act at fine grit to eventually cut open the finish, allow contaminates to work their way into the hide and weaken the leather. Wipe up surface dirt/spills immediately again, with a damp cloth. If you find a darkening of the surface, chances are body oils and sweat are migrating into the hide and WILL destroy the structural integrity of the leather.
There is a huge world of information concerning how to clean leather, BUT, very sketchy information on the actual process. There are multiple methods, steps and considerations when cleaning and nourishing leather. Even if you did have the time, knowledge and the will to clean your leather by yourself, the correct chemistry (and how to use it) is daunting! Two things to consider - body oils and contaminants can go deep into the fiber structure and nourishing the leather after cleaning is VITAL to long-lasting, functional and beautiful leather. Best to leave deep cleaning of your leather to a professional. Why? Give me a call and I'll help you make a educated decision as to how to proceed.
Last week I attended a Leather care symposium that attracted technicians, business owners and suppliers from around the world. The theme was "No Secrets" and we were encouraged to share and glean from each other. Topics included repair techniques, new developments in repair and color chemistry, business operations and technician certification. Ultimately I'd have to say that I learned the most concerning the general care, nourishing and cleaning of leather and more specifically, nubuck or "naked" leather.
Recently, I've noticed and increase in service calls concerning several types of issues with this type of chair, designed to assist those who would appreciate a little easier time getting in and out of their recliner. As my (baby-boomer) demographic ages, there will be an increase in the use of this type of recliner. With the background I have in repairs and the equipment I have to test components, I should be able to isloate and correct issues concerning this specialty mechanism.
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Nick Gasbarro is the owner and operator of Furniture Rescue by Seat Surgeon and SalemFurnitureRepair.com