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What Is The Process For Leather Upholstery Repair?

Leather upholstery repair is unlike any other form of fabric restoration. It is highly involved and something that should only be attempted by a certified professional. Otherwise, there is a real possibility of causing permanent damage to the material. Leather furniture can be damaged in many ways. It can discolor, sustain scratches or scars, lose its supple texture, soak up body oils, and sustain punctures. Over the years, a sofa or chair can take on a lot of wear and damage, and will require dedicated effort to restore. Fortunately, certified professionals are equipped to do just that.

What does leather upholstery repair consist of?

This material is uniquely susceptible to certain kinds of damage and wear. It is naturally absorbent, so it readily soaks up body oils. Even a slight scratch can also noticeably affect it as well, so the first goal should be to prevent wear by being careful around the furniture.

But life happens, and certified professionals have the tools to reverse even severe damage. Before doing anything, though, the furniture will need to be cleaned, and that starts with a thorough dry vacuum. Getting rid of loose, dry soils is essential, as they can score the furniture during the restoration process if they are not removed. Afterwards, a professional may wash down the material with a little water and some gentle detergent. Most firms prefer to agitate the detergent and water by hand to protect the integrity of the material.

Once cleaned, the leather upholstery repair process can begin. There is a general approach to dealing with scratches, punctures and discoloring, and it is usually effective no matter how badly damaged the furniture is.

First, the damaged areas are  abraded slightly. This is done with  a special abrasion surface and some gentle force. The point is to buff out some of the discoloring and to even out the area so that texture is restored. If there are heavy body oils present, most firms will use a special absorbent compound that penetrates into the material and soaks up the oils. As it does, it thickens and can be gently removed, along with the oil. It may take a couple attempts, and the drying process lasts several hours, but it is the most effective way to get rid of grease and oil.

Once the area is  treated, a special compound is liberally applied to the damaged area. This compound acts a bit like  a pliable but durable putty and fills out any scratches or punctures. Once it dries, the area is  abraded again to even out the texture and then a dye that is color-matched to the rest of the furniture is applied to the compound. This process may also take a couple passes to get just right, but it is a highly effective form of leather upholstery repair that normally leaves seamless results behind.

Homeowners are often tempted to cover or replace this furniture when it is worn and damaged, but a certified professional knows how to give it new life with thorough leather upholstery repair.

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