Here at Leather Upholstery Repair we love all things leather, bringing back it's natural beauty and helping you keep that shine lasting longer. Here are some of the services we provide:
- Leather Upholstery Repairs
- Vinyl Door Trim Repairs
- Plastic Console & Armrest Repairs
- Steering Wheel Repairs
We have developed a do it yourself alternative to using our professional services, providing you the opportunity to care for and/or complete a colour restoration of your leather furniture using a professional system tailored to your needs.
Like our own skin, leather can become dry and lose its moisture. On average, a leather hide has approximately 25% moisture content in the form of oils and conditioners introduced into it at the time of manufacture. Depending on the temperature and relative humidity of the environment your lounge is in, your leather sofa can lose moisture over time. As this moisture is lost from the leather, the fiber bundles, at a microscopic level, becoming more compacted, giving your leather a stiffer feel. Your leather cushions were designed to be able to flex, but with the loss of moisture, leather, like our skin, can actually crack.
pH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution and is measured on a scale of 1 (highly acidic) to 14 (highly alkaline) The pH of a leather hide once it’s been manufactured on average has a pH of 4.5 to 5 (acidic) whereas most cleaners are pH 8+ (alkaline). pH differences on the pH scale are logarithmic, meaning every pH unit has a difference tenfold. For example if you have a leather lounge that has a pH of 5 and choose to clean it with spray and wipe (which has a pH of 8), the spray and wipe is 1000 times more alkaline than your leather. If you use an oven cleaner (pH 12+), the actual imbalance is 10,000,000! Combining an acid with an alkaline will produce salt. Salt actually DRAWS moisture, accelerating the drying out of your leather. Cleaning your leather with a pH balanced cleaner will aid in bringing your leather pH back into balance, so it’s never too late to use a good cleaner that is pH balanced!
General Surface Wear
Abrasion wear on leather is unavoidable. At the manufacturing level, most furniture and automotive leathers have pigmented finish coats on their surface with a final clear topcoat applied for protection. These topcoats have good wear properties and have feel modifiers in them to reduce friction and give a soft smooth feel to the surface of your leather lounge. Unfortunately all surfaces wear with time and this is the time when you need to consider a restoration of your leather furniture. Once a topcoat has been worn away, your leather is much more susceptible to oils, perspiration and alkaline cleaners, accelerating the drying out and decay of your leather. It is also important to apply a conditioning protector that will reintroduce moisture as well as protect your topcoat.
We are located in Bayswater Victoria