Leather's durability exceeds most other fabric's durability by 4 to 5 times. It is fire resistant and wears gracefully, becoming more supple with age. UV resistance varies depending on the leather color coat and finish. If your leather has been damaged, KJ's offers professional leather repair and restoration. (See below for details.)
There are basically two main types of leather: protected and unprotected aniline.
Protected Top coated leather, is leather that has been aniline dyed and finished with a topcoat. One of the most common coatings consists of a soft acrylic color coating under a urethane clear coating (for durability). These resins create a film that protects the leather, providing wear, stain resistance. The color coat provides fade resistance to the aniline dye undercoat, rated between 1200-2400 hours. This leather is the most durable and easiest to care for. Finished leather is stain and fade resistant but lacks deep richness in color, and tends to be stiffer than unfinished leather.Leather care: Regular maintenance is periodic dusting with a damp cloth with the same frequency that you dust the wood furniture in your home. In addition, condition with a high quality product every 6 months or so. The frequency depends on factors such as: the type and condition of the leather finish, the exposure to body oils and other contaminants, the temperature and humidity of the environment. This formula also restores ph balance, which will preserve the leather finish.
Semi-aniline leather has a very thin coating over the surface, which seals the leather and prevents water and liquids from immediately soaking into the leather. "Semi-aniline.” offers modest protection while retaining much of the aesthetic beauty of unfinished aniline-dyed leather. Leather care-regular maintenance is periodic dusting with a damp cloth with the same frequency that you dust the wood furniture in your home. In addition, a deeper cleaning and conditioning should be done on a regular basis. The frequency depends on factors such as: the type and age of the leather finish, the exposure to body oils and other contaminants, the temperature and humidity of the environment. Restoring the Ph balance is important; an imbalance can harm the leather finish. Always use a professional product!
Unprotected or natural Aniline leather: Aniline is a type of translucent dye that does not mask the grain or imperfections of the leather, similar to the way that wood stain works. Full-Aniline is leather with little or no surface coating. The appeal of this leather is its initial "natural" look and the soft, supple texture. The downside is aesthetic vulnerability. Due to the porous nature of untreated leather, it stains easily. It is UV sensitive (rated 300-400 hours), which can fade color quickly. Careful consideration of use is recommended. Leather care for full aniline: The minimal cleaning strategy is to regularly wipe it down with a lightly-dampened white cotton cloth to remove topical dust. Extra care should be taken to prevent exposure to oils and other stains. If spills or soiling do occur, always be prompt to blot up! The porous nature of unfinished leather will allow a water- or oil-based solution to penetrate deep into the leather, down into fiber structure. If this occurs, soil/oil extraction by a professional is then recommended.
For protection, regular maintenance should include an application of a high quality product every 6 weeks or so, which will clean, condition, and help to protect the leather. The dryer and hotter the environment, the quicker the leather will lose its moisture.
Leather is available in many different grains, textures and weaves. Call or e-mail KJ's to schedule an appointment to browse leather samples in the Showroom! 541-383-2717 or kjsupholstery at bendbroadband dawt com.
of Leather Furniture
The placement of your leather furniture is very important to ensure years of service. Do not place leather furniture too close to a radiator, fireplace or a direct heat source, even a heater vent. Maintain at least 2 feet between any heat source and the piece. Avoid placing your leather furniture in direct sunlight. This will also dry out your leather and cause it to fade. Although leather is the most durable covering available, anything exposed to direct sunlight will fade over time.
Care of Leather Furniture
Minimum maintenance is periodic dusting with a damp cloth; it is very important to keep leather pores free from dust particles. Don’t underestimate this seemingly small task; it goes a long way in the long term care of your leather. In addition, a deeper cleaning and conditioning should be done on a regular basis. The frequency depends on factors such as: the type and age of the leather finish, the exposure to body oils and other contaminants, the temperature and humidity of the environment.
Any spots and stains such as ink marks, grease, blood, urine, wax or gum should be removed using a professional leather cleaner. Do not use saddle soaps or other cleaners, as furniture leather is tanned at an acidic pH (4.5 on the pH scale), and most soaps are very alkaline (at the other end of the pH scale). Because leather is porous, inappropriate products soak into the leather, altering the pH of your leather. This results in premature deterioration of the fibers.
Leather repair and restoration:
Damaged leather: Cuts, rips, burns, scrapes, scratches, ink, stitching problems, etc. are all repairable. Leather repairs that are done professionally are meant to be permanent solutions, not quick fixes. We custom color-match so most repairs are invisible, and all repairs are a dramatic improvement over the existing damage, and are structurally sound. The results are dependent on the severity of the damage and the integrity of the leather.
Finish Applications and Refinishing – We offer leather restoration services that will restore the furniture to like-new condition. The fee will vary based upon the extent of damages and procedures required (body oil extraction, sun-faded, pH damaged, extensive finish failure, or dye-transfer, leather replacement, etc.) Call for an estimate! 541-383-2717.
Leather refinishing: Natural, unfinished aniline leather can be refinished with a pigmented coating (leather finish) to transform it to a beautiful, easy care leather. The new finish typically will produce some degree of change in the feel of the leather, compared to its original “naked” leather feel. The upside is, now it’s cleanable, stain- and wear-resistant, and UV-stable.
Email (kjsupholstery at bendbroadband dawt com) a picture for your initial estimate.
Do it Yourself Repair: Before choosing any maintenance products for your leather, it is important that you determine the type of leather that you have and use appropriate leather care supplies. Using any product not specifically designed for your leather type can cause staining and permanent damage to the leather.
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