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How To Choose The Right Leather Repair Kit

Repair kits have received a poor stereotype due to the massive number of products which are non-effective. Either the product does not contain the best components for the leather repair kit, or the user does not understand how to properly apply the contents to the leather. In both cases, the results are less than ideal. Here is how to choose the right repair kit.

Understand the material which will be repaired

The very first thing that you need to consider is the material which needs repair. Thicker leather such as cowhide, will need stronger glue and perhaps stitching. Additionally, thicker leathers tend to showcase patches rather loudly (meaning that if you have a leather jacket and you put a leather patch from your kit upon it you are very likely to see the patch against the leather). This has to do with the gauge of the leather. The thicker the leather in the kit, the more recognizable the fix. If the tear is near a seam, you may wish to avoid a repair kit and sew the leather by hand.

When choosing a kit, try to find leather which matches the material which will be repaired. This will ensure that the fix appears natural. You do not want to have a spot on a jacket, couch, or upholstery appear to be partly synthetic due to a mixing and matching of leathers.

Avoid the heat

Just like a person would be advised not to use heat on curing their leather, it is unadvised that you use heat on repairing your leather. It is more damaging to your leather than it is beneficial to the leather. The reason for this is that heat is unrepairable. If you perform the functions wrong, there is no coming back from that. Second, the leather becomes weaker as you are compromising the seams/tear of the leather which needs to be fixed. The result may be a quick fix but prolonged deterioration of the leather. Avoid heat application leather repair kits. Preferable are water based or air drying leather repair kits.

Does you kit mainly consist of polyvinyl acetate?

One of the key components to be aware of in your leather repair kit would be the adjoining agent offered. In many kits a polyvinyl is the main sealer. Primarily, one will find this type of sealer in water based repair kits. The problem with polyvinyl acetate (PVA for short) is that it has the same compounded ingredients as school glue. You might as well use a .99 cheap glue than to spend the extra money on a leather kit which offers this as the main solution. It cracks, flakes, and is not durable (just like school glue). It is far better to look for polyurethane based repair kits as they are more apt to hold the bond of the leather over a prolonged amount of time.

Choose a kit with quality colors

It may seem a bit rhetorical, but the color included in your leather repair kit should match the color of the leather on the product you are trying to repair. Close enough really does not cut it when you are repairing leather. Consider it in this way. Leather is the skin of an animal. To get close enough would be comparable to applying a spray tan to only your thumb or forearm and leaving the rest as is. Obviously, anyone looking would see the contrast. Such is the case when the colors of the repair kit do not match the leather. It is strongly advised that if you do not know the color of the leather that you need to get the advice from your local professional leather artisan. He or she will be able to tell you the combination of colors, or dyes needed to give your project a professional looking repair.

Buy the kit which best meets your project needs

Not all kits are created equal. There are kits which are for tears, burns, water damage, etc. To get the best results, look for kits which specialize in the repair that is needed. Miracle repair kits generally do not offer the best results as there is no miracle solution to repairing leather. For jobs where the leather has faded, it may be more expedient and yield better results to clean and recondition the leather than it would be to re-dye the leather. Keep in mind that anytime you do an additive fix (meaning that you are adding dye, chemicals, or glues) the leather becomes compromised.

Treat Nubuck and other specialty leathers as such

While most leather repair kits will fix about any type of leather, it should be noted that lambskin, nubuck, and other specialty leathers should be treated as such. The leather from such products typically have undergone special processes to get the look and feel you want. For example, Nubuck leather is sanded down. If repairing such leather, apply the patches or glues to the inner side of the tear. If the leather has been damaged by burns or discolored, first attempt to use a cleaner and a brush to restore recondition the leather rather than dying the leather.

Don’t know where to start? Get advice

Perhaps the greatest tip on how to choose the best leather repair kit would be to find someone who knows what he or she is talking about. Again, it is advisable that you ask a local artisan the best kit to use, or if you are uncomfortable in doing the repair have a professional mend and repair the leather. Should you not have a professional in your area, check the customer reviews of the product which you are considering purchasing. Look for before and after pictures, videos, and testimonials about the product. Be cautious, with digital software and image manipulation software, images can be adjusted to appear that the solution is ideal. Perform a small test on a scrap piece of leather if possible to avoid any chemical damages to your leather.

You get what you pay for

The bottom line is that when it comes to leather repair kits, you generally get what you pay for. If you get a cheap kit, then the contents will typically be cheap and produce cheap results. This is not to say that expensive brands are the best, but they do tend to have better solution options. As with any repair, read the instructions, ingredients, and ask questions before you attempt to use the product.

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Leather Car Seat Repair – Step by Step

A new car has that new leather smell which make them so attractive. Yet, over time the smell fades and the car becomes more about its functionality than it does about that original draw. It is not uncommon for automobiles to have tears and rips within the leather, even if the vehicle is relatively new. And while you may think that putting a piece of tape over the tear, a seat cover, or any number of “homemade” solutions is the best option, such is not the case. It is best to know how to conduct proper leather car seat repair. Here is a step by step guide on how to go about performing such repairs.

Step one: Evaluate the severity of the job

The first step which must be taken when you have a repair job is to realistically evaluate the severity of the job at hand. If you find that the tears are minor or that the leather is slightly discolored, then a reconditioning of the leather may be your best option or a leather repair kit may be the best solution. However, if you find that the tear is more than 3 inches in length, the best solution would be to take the vehicle to a specialist and have them repair the area. Areas which have severe discoloration should be taken to a professional leather artisan or upholstery service to be re-dyed and refurbished. While it may be idealistic to perform the leather car seat repair yourself, it may not be realistic. Know your boundaries and seek advice when needed.

Step two: Fixing minor discoloration on leather car seats

Determine if the stain is a stain or if the discoloration is the result of removal of color/dye from the sun, wear, or undesirable lighting conditions. For additive stains, you will want to try to remove as much of the stain as possible from the leather. The longer it sits the harder it will be to remove the stain. Once you have attempted to remove the stain, then you will need to use a leather restoration kit or a leather conditioner. Keep in mind that on additive stains you do not want to continue to build up the area with external components. If the stain is stain is set in the car seat, then the only real way to perform leather car seat repair would be to add dies and try to blend the area to match the rest of the seat.

Discoloration which is the result from lighting, the sun, or from wear can usually be refurbished through the use of leather conditioners and cleaners. Again, the longer that the discoloration sits, the harder it will be to bring out the natural look of the leather without using dyes. However, if a dye is to be used, apply a small amount and let the dye dry. It is best to use an aniline dye over a pigmented dye. Just keep in mind that some leather car seats have a clear coating which could hinder the dye from seeping into the pores. Check with your vehicle’s manufacturer to find out more about the particulars for the leather seating.

In both cases, you will want to let the conditioner, cleaners, and dyes fully dry and then buff the surface with a clean non-abrasive cloth.

​Step Three: Repairing Tears

Tears in leather are problematic to say the least. Once the tear has occurred, it is natural for the surface to want to pull further apart. When you repair your leather car seat, you will need to use a sealer/glue which is not primarily PVA but rather polyurethane based. PVA glues are similar to school glues in their chemical makeup. Using such on a vehicle’s seat may give a temporary fix, but the first time a person in blue jeans scrapes against that area, the seam is very likely to open up. In some instances, you can apply a patch to such areas. When doing so, place the patch on the underside of the seat leather (the interior) if possible. By doing this you remove the aesthetic eyesore that a leather patch can create.

​When applying glue to a leather tear first ensure that the area is clean of any dirt and debris. If there is any fraying of the leather, you will need to remove the frays from the tear using precision tools (do not yank upon any loose threads as this could increase the tear and cause further damage to the area). Second, try to see if the rip will fit together without causing excessive tension. If you find that the tear pulls, then the tension of the leather may be too high to perform a self-repair. However, if you can easily push and hold the tear together then you can apply the glue. Do so sparingly. Smooth out the surface and if needed apply dye coloring to the surface to further camouflage the damaged area.

Step Four: ​Stitching issues

​The final area where you may find needing repair on your leather car seat would be in the stitching. It is quite common to see threads and glue become weakened and warped over time. When you notice that the seams are starting to fray, carefully cut the string and use the proper tools to remove the stitching from the problematic area. Clean the surface with cleaner and let dry. Once the cleaner has dried, hand sew the seam, applying glue to help reinforce the area. It is suggested that you use leather needles to perform your stitching. Some leather repair kits offer stitching needles. If your kit does not, you can find them in about any leather or craft shop.

​Big problems need professional help

​For any other problem to the leather car seat, it is best that you seek out the services of a professional. Also, take note that the warranty of your vehicle (if applicable) may cover repairs to the leather seating in some instances. Before you do any repairs check your warranty as well as your owner’s manual. Any repairs which you feel are beyond the scope of your abilities should be handled by a professional leather artisan or upholstery professional.

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Car Seat Restoration Could Be Easier

Car seat restoration is easier said than done if you are not aware of the easy ways and process of restoring your leather seats. The leather car seat restoration process contains a list of steps that you can follow to restore your car seats with ease and comfort.

The leather is the primary material that is being used on most car seats. The older the leather, the harder it is to clean and restore. However, it’s imperative that you restore the leather car seats to its former glory.

While others would ask why it’s important to restore them, the answer is pretty simple. Restoring the leather seats offers a brand new look, offers the user a fresh sense of concept and it makes the ride more comfortable as well. Moreover, this article will share some of the tips and guides on how to restore your car leather seat with less process and complex tasks.

Materials Needed

To implement and restore leather car seats, the process requires that you bring in materials and tools and ensure that they are within reach. Getting the right materials could define the outcome of restoring your leather seats. These are some of the things that you will be needing for the revamping of the seats.

  • Leather Color Kit
  • ​Flexifil
  • Leather Binder
  • Soap
  • Scrub
  • Plastic and leather preparation spray
  • Leather Prep
  • Alcohol
  • Leather Colourant Kit
  • Leather Finish
  • Leather Protection Cream
  • Sponge

Rejuvenating your car could be achieved through car restoration. The leather that is worn, flagged down and dirty looking could be transformed to a whole new look by implementing restoring measures and bring life to your car seats once more.

Prepaping and purifying your leather is a vital process. Remember that car restoration is not a magic kind of thing, you need to personally clean, purify and paint your leather to achieve optimum transformation. Another thing that you would need to bring on board is patience and time. Letting the leather dry is a constant requirement in revamping your car seats. If the materials are not dried, the process and the outcome might be affected and revamping your car seats might not turn out good as you wanted it to be.

Step 1: Clean and Prep the Leather

The first thing that you need to do to restore your car seats is to apply some prep material to the leather. You can use the leather prep onto the abrasive pad and use that to apply to the material. The purpose of this step is to remove the manufactured finish and the color of the leather. After rubbing a small area, wipe it down with a cotton cloth to remove any excess color from the leather. The leather is correctly prepped when you start to see the color transfer from the leather onto the abrasive pad or cloth.

You need to clean away the loose residue using a cotton cloth and then use the sanding paper for further cleaning. Areas that are difficult to clean, use the sand paper because this can give you a solid base and provide you with a smoother finish. Once the preliminary cleaning is done, wipe the surface with alcohol moist cotton cloth because it can remove the remaining grease and oil on your car seats.

Using a cloth dampened in the alcohol cleaner, it will further clean your car seats. The alcohol will remove the manufacturers finish along with the silicones that are soluble in solvents. Also, you need to wait for 30 minutes so that the cleaners will evaporate.

Step 2: Use the Binder and the Flexifil to Deal with the Cracks

After the leather is dried, apply the leather binder. The leather binder is used to strengthen your old and worn car leather. In order to do that, you will need a sponge. Use a sponge and pour on a small quantity of leather binder. Apply that on the surface of the leather.

Once the leather binder is applied to the whole area, let it dry. If you see any build up of binder in some crevices and the stitching areas, you need to wipe it before the material dries up. Once it is dry, apply the binder again and redo the process. Make sure that you are able to do it eight to 10 times. Once that is done, you can smooth the surface with the Flexifil. This material is applied using a palette knife. You can wipe it with a thin layer to fill and remove the cracks. The next step would be to let the filler dry for 5-10 minutes. As you can see, the filler can be sanded down using a fine sandpaper so that it would be smooth. Repeat this process to remove the cracking and gain a smooth surface for the leather.

Step 3: Apply the Leather Colourant

Once you can see that the cracking is filled and the Flexifill has dried up, you can now apply the leather colourant. Begin by shaking the bottle of Leather Colourant for 3 minutes. Make sure that it is properly mixed. You can pour a small amount of the leather colourant into the sponge and then begin by rubbing it to the leather. Work with the sponge in the gaps, creases and hard to reach areas of the leather. Once you have applied the colourant, you can also apply the leather with a filler specially if there are cracks on the car seats. If the crack areas of the car seats are ignored, the whole idea of revamping your car seats is a failing one. Remember that all areas and surfaces of the leather should be taken cared of.

Step 4: Spray the Leather Colourant and the Finish

Once you are finished in sponging the car seats, you can spray the leather colourant again on the car seats. You can set up the airbrush and begin spraying. Spray with a fine coat on the leather and let it dry. Once dried up, repeat the process by spraying another coat until there is a build up of thin coats. Remember that you have the time in the world and there are no hard rules that you must follow.

If you see that the outcome is enough, you can then apply the leather finish. You can spray 2 coats so that it can form a robust and resilient base. Once again, apply the Leather Finish using the same process but having 2 coats. The key process that you must remember is to always let it dry. You can also use a spray gun to so that the finishing layers are completely applied. Also, another natural way to dry your leather seats is to bring your car seats outside and let it dry under the heat of the scorching sun.

Conclusion

The steps are simple and easy to follow. It is my desire that you are able to gain some tips and easy steps to bring back the life of your car seats. Moreover, the transformation and repair is now easier by following the steps along with the materials that are not heavy on your budget. If you think that leather restoration is complex, these simple steps can guide you on a step by step process so that you can ride your car again with a new feel and a new look. Car seat restoration is within your reach and the good thing about it is that you won’t have to spend a hefty amount to refurbish it.

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How To Waterproof Leather Boots

A good pair of leather boots makes you look classy and cool at the same time. They don’t come cheap; you have to pay a reasonable amount to get a decent pair of leather shoes. Once you have invested so much in it, it is only natural that you maintain it well, so that they never lose their shine. Leather, by nature, is waterproof. However, this doesn’t mean that they will stay like that forever. The article below helps you to understand how to waterproof leather boots so that you can extend their lifespan.

Using Wax

​When you don’t waterproof your leather boots for a long time, they become very dry and become more susceptible to wear and tear when the moisture content is lost. Here is how you can waterproof your leather shoes effectively using wax:

  • Apply a small amount of wax on a soft cloth and rub it gently over your shoes; ensure that you apply wax in all the areas of the shoes. Take care to ensure that you are not too generous during this wax application process.
  • Natural beeswax is the most commonly used wax for waterproofing leather boots.
  • Allow the wax on the shoes to dry off naturally; this would take at least an hour. Never try to speed up the process by subjecting your shoes to air and heat treatments as it can break them.
  • Once the wax gets dried off naturally, use a clean, dry cloth to wipe it off gently.
  • You will be thrilled to find the natural shine in your shoes when you complete this process; this waterproofing technique needs to be done regularly (maybe thrice to five times a year) for extended durability

One of best wax for waterproofing leather boots is Atsko Sno-Seal Original Beeswax Waterproofing Leather Protector

Using oils

​If you aren’t comfortable to treat your leather shoes with wax, you can use mineral oils, mink oil or neatsfoot to give your shoes natural waterproofing quality. Here are some points you need to remember while using oils:

  • Never use too much of oil (irrespective of the type you choose) as it can cause discolouration in your shoes
  • Pour little oil on a soft, cotton and dry cloth to rub on the shoes evenly; ensure that you give a nice rub to all the areas of the shoes so that they get exposed to the oil
  • For a single application, your shoes will receive waterproofing for about a month; therefore, ensure you do this once a month for best results. During the monsoon season, you need to give this oil coating every time your shoes get soaked in water.

Using creams

Natural and oil based creams are one of the most sought-after methods for cleaning, polishing and waterproofing leather shoes. These creams are made from 100% natural ingredients; therefore, you can rest assured about the quality of your shoes. Here are some points to bear in mind while using creams:

  • Lanolin (an oil created from sheep’s wool) is one of the best shoe cream for waterproofing leather shoes; this cream has been used for the same for more than 100 years now, which explains its effectiveness
  • Never apply the cream on the shoes directly, because when the oils are absorbed by the leather, it can cause discoloration, breakage and separation of leather fibres; always apply a reasonable amount of cream on a soft cloth for rubbing all over the shoes.

Using sprays

​If you have been wondering about how to waterproof leather boots, sprays might be the answer that you are looking for. There are two kinds of sprays used in this process – silicon polymer and acrylic copolymer. Some points to note while using these sprays are given below:

  • Leather boots must be thoroughly cleaned and dried before the application of waterproofing sprays.
  • Hold the spray bottle at least about 8 inches from the boots and spray with the nozzle pointing the boots.
  • A light coat should be applied first all over the boots evenly. Once the boots dry off naturally, you can apply a second coat if necessary.
  • Waterproofing sprays should be used at least once in a month for better performance and durability of your leather boots
  • Ensure that you cover the floor with a newspaper first before applying the spray, so that the chemicals in the spray don’t spoil the areas around the boots.

Using home-made solutions for waterproofing

​If you don’t want to use the store-bought sprays and creams to waterproof your favourite pair of leather boots, you can use a simple home-made remedy for the same. This remedy consists of making use of very simple ingredients that are natural and effective. It is also cost-effective when compared to the store-bought products. Here is how you do it:

  • About 200ml of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 50gm of natural beeswax, few drops of lavender oil and tea tree oils for the smell are the ingredients needed for this (lavender and tea tree oils should be in the ration of 2:1)
  • Pour the olive oil and wax into a bowl and put the bowl in a pan of cold water.
  • Heat the pan and continue mixing the contents of the bowl until the wax is fully melted and blended with the oil.
  • Take the bowl from the pan and mix the essential oils (optional) into this and continue mixing until the content gets into the consistency of a thick paste. It can take about 15 to 20 minutes for the same.
  • Allow the mixture to cool nicely so that it becomes stiff.
  • Once it stiffens, it is the perfect time to start using it.
  • The highlight of this home-made mixture is that it not only does waterproofing for your leather boots but also other accessories like wallets, belts, hats, etc. made from leather.

From the above, we can understand that waterproofing leather boots, is not such a difficult step, after all, isn’t it? Yes, it requires a few minutes from you regularly (at least once a month). However, it is worth every second, because it lends a lot of durability to your shoes and justifies the big investment that you have made in them.

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How To Recondition Leather

Leather is one of the most luxurious materials used in making a variety of different products. People love the feel, the smell, and the durability that leather brings to products. Over time leather tends to lose its luster and some people will choose to discard the item, but there is no reason to be discouraged or lose your favorite clothing, accessory item, or even furniture. The leather can be reconditioned to be just as good a new. Here are a few tips on how to do it.

Clean the Leather

The first step in the reconditioning process is to clean the leather. Leather can dull overtime and the shine or the texture can become quite rough. Most of that comes from the leather being dirty. Leather cleaners are specialized solutions that clean the leather in a way that does not erode the quality. It is not recommended to use water simply because of its harmful effects on most types of leather. When you purchase a leather cleaner, make certain that you know which type of leather you need to recondition. There are differences and using the wrong type of cleaner will damage the material to the point where the reconditioning process will be ineffective.

​Dry

​Before you go to the next part of the process, the leather has to dry. Whether you are reconditioning pair of boots, a leather sofa, or even a jacket, a clean dry surface is the way to ensure that the remainder of this process is most effective. Hang clothing and hand bags in a dry place away from the sun so as not to bleach the product. Some will try to dry the product faster by hanging it in the sun, but always remember that the best reconditioning regimen is one that is slow and methodical.

​Reconditioning Cream

You can purchase leather reconditioning cream from a variety of different places. Convenient stores as well as large scale retailers may have what you need, but if you truly care about the product you are reconditioning, just buying any leather reconditioning product simply will not do. Your leather product was purchased because you love the product and putting some generic reconditioning agent on it is not way to treat the product.

​Leather professionals understand that the type of leather is an important factor in which reconditioning product you choose. When you go to the average retailer for help with the leather reconditioning project, they are not going to be a professional in the process. They will simply show you a product that is general use for all types of leather and that can damage the product depending on what type of leather is being reconditioned. If it is your first time reconditioning the leather product, you want to do it the right way and trusting in a leather professional such as www.rainierleather.com will ensure that you have the right reconditioning cream for the right type of leather.

​Apply the Cream

Leather conditioning cream is not something that is just sprayed on and left alone. It takes time and concern to do it the right way. First, choose a cloth that is right for the job. Using a washcloth or a paper towel will likely leave behind a considerable amount of dust and debris that can soak into the leather making it dull. The best cloth to use is either a cloth diaper or a cloth napkin. These types of cloth will allow you to leave a clean surface behind to make the leather product look perfectly refreshed.

​Apply a small amount of reconditioning cream to the cloth and slowly apply it to the product being reconditioned. You never want to use a lot of the reconditioning cream in one are due to the fact that you can cause the leather to appear uneven when the reconditioning process is complete. You will also want to use gloves while you using the cream to keep away from any adverse skin reactions.

​When applying the cream to the leather product, gently rub the leather with the cloth and massage the cream into the material. Using a circular motion can help to apply the product evenly and show a smoother finish, but if you leather product of has a specific grain, it is best to go along with that. Work in small areas until the entire product is covered with the conditioner.

​Dry Properly

​There are some people that will simply put the leather reconditioning cream on the product and put it away or use it right away. This is no way to ensure that the conditioning process is a success. The cream has to have ample time to dry properly. To dry the product correctly, hang it up in a cool place and away from the sun just like when you first cleaned it. The reconditioning cream needs to have time to set into the product, but once it is dry you are able to put the product away until it is needed or used again.

​How Often do You Recondition Leather?

​The leather reconditioning process can take up a lot of time, but luckily, it is not something that has to be done all the time. Reconditioning leather is recommended to be done once per year. This will allow for your leather products to maintain their shape and texture throughout the year and maximize the overall lifespan of the product. When leather is properly taken care of, the product can and will last for decades and therefore, your initial investment into the product will be quite minimal when compared to the overall lifespan of other products.

​Leather products are timeless and hold their value much better than many other materials on the market today. Trusting your leather product to a leather craftsman for purchase as well as advice on keeping the leather fresh will also enhance its usability and lifespan. We at Rainier Leather want your leather products to last for your entire life, so trust us for all your leather needs.

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How To Darken Leather

When purchasing leather, you may find that the leather that you want is lighter than what you expected. While it is true that in some cases you can exchange the leather for a darker hue, there are times when you will be pressed for time, or the leather is non-exchangeable. In these situations, you will need to know a practical way in which to darken your leather. Here are a few methods.

Method One: Use Oil

​One method in which to darken leather is to use coconut oil or a non-scented oil on the leather. Ensure that the oil will not cause the leather to rot or mildew. It is best to use a natural oil. Apply the oil evenly using a cotton swab or a clean non-abrasive cloth. Keep in mind that the darker you want he leather the more coats you should add. Another consideration is that some oils when they dry will cause your leather to stiffen, so keep that in mind.

​Method Two: Shoe Polish

A bit crude of a method to changing the color of your leather, shoe polish can be added to darken up the shade a bit, especially if you have leather shoes. How to darken leather is easy. Simply apply the shoe polish evenly (small circles) over the entire surface of the leather. Let it dry and then with another rag, buff it. The downside to using shoe polish is that it is rather messy and rather smelly. However, the pros are that shoe polish is relatively cheap, does not require specialty equipment, and that the results are instantaneous.

​The trick to darkening the leather using polish is to pick a shade which corresponds to the natural leather and then go one or two shades darker. I would not advocate using a mega store to find shoe polish, but rather go to your local leather artisan or leather provider and seek a professional brand.

Method Three: Dye

When you buy leather, you should take into consideration whether or not the leather is Aniline or not. If the leather is Aniline, you should be able to saturate the leather in a dye to darken it. You can choose how to darken leather products by choosing different colors. When dye is applied, you will need to let the leather completely soak into the pores. Keep in mind that when the dye dries the color could be lighten.

Semi-Aniline products can be dyed in some cases. However, the protective coating over the leather would have to be sanded off or another method would need to be applied in order to have the dye adhere to the skin.

Method Four: Use Professional Leather Darkening Oil

Some use cleaner and conditioners to darken their leather. Depending upon the conditioner which is used there may be some slight alteration to the color for a time. However, as the leather dries out the color is apt to lighten. If using a cleaner and conditioner, it will be the conditioner which darkens the leather. Check with your provider to see how to darken leather in this way.

Leather Darkening Oil is similar to conditioners as well as the coconut oil method, only it is a professional product which is specifically designed to darken leather. Apply the darkening oil in the same method that you would apply any cleaner, solvent, or polish to leather unless the instructions tell you otherwise. Let it dry completely to see the results before applying any additional coatings to the leather.

Method Five: Heat

This method is a bit dangerous for your leather project and I would only suggest that you try it under the careful watch of a leather professional. You can apply a measure of heat to the skin of your leather to darken it. Keep in mind that you are essentially cooking the skin (think of the skin of a ham before and after it is roasted and you will get the concept). It is very easy to burn the edges of the leather or to tarnish the skin. If using the heating method keep the temperature low and the leather located well enough above the heat to avoid burning. Note also that due to leather being a pore based skin, the longer you apply heat, the stiffer it will become as it dries out.

Get some help before you commit to the change

If you are new to darkening leather, you should seek out the advice of a professional leather artisan. The professional should be able to show you how to darken the leather properly, or to offer that service to you. In addition to their expertise on darkening leather, they should be able to advise which products are best suited for your specific project.

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How To Soften And Stiffen Leather

When working with leather, it is important for the craftsman to have the ability to shape and shape the leather to his liking. The skin should not control the artist but the artist should control the skin. Therefore, whether you are a beginner or an experienced hobbyist who wants to become a professional, you need to understand on the site https://www.housedecorx.com how to soften and harden leather.

How to soften leather

To soften your leather you need to clean the pores of the leather or expand the pores of the skin. Think about your own skin. When it is moisturized, you have more flexibility. However, when the skin is dry and cracked movement is limited. There are a few options which will open up the leather pores for you. Wiki suggest using rubbing alcohol. And while this may clean out the pores, I would be adverse to using such on quality leather. Instead, use a top quality cleaner and conditioner. The leather will look and certainly smell better. To make the leather soften use a petroleum jelly ensuring that you let the jelly seep into the pores and that you cover the surface evenly. Once that is completed, wipe down the belt and apply additional cleaner and leather conditioner if needed.

Another method for softening leather would be to use coconut oil. To do so, take your coconut oil and a cotton swab to apply a level coat over the entire leather surface. As you apply the coating you will see a substantial darkening of the oil. The oil does not give the leather an oily feel once it dries. Keep in mind, the more oil you add, the darker the leather will ultimately appear. Once the oil dries the leather will be harder. Again, the more oil that you apply the harder the leather will become. You can try to warm up the oil and brush it on if you do not want to apply it from the typical hard form. It is not advised that you use olive oil or another type of scented oil on your leather as most people do not want to have their leather smelling like an Italian restaurant.

How to stiffen Leather

​If leather gets a bit soft, you can stiffen up the leather in a few ways. An artisan may find that leathers which are soft and inexpensive. Hard leathers are a bit more expensive and harder to come by. To harden the leather you will need to have some beeswax. You do want to ensure that you do not have any coloring to the wax as this could discolor the leather. Melt the wax down and then add the leather to it. You do want to keep the coat consistent. Once the leather is completely saturated, pull it out and and shape it how you want. When it hardens it will be stiff and will not be too easy to mold. Keep in mind that the leather will darken due to the wax.

​Should you not want to use wax you can use water in an iron skillet/ cauldron. Bring the water to abou 180 degrees. Do not boil the water as it will burn the leather. Drop the leather into the water. It will roll up as it hardens. The material will start to unwind as it gets harder. It will also get darker and thicker. When you first pull out the leather it will be pliable and rubbery. When you get this done use a clamp to squeeze the leather between two pieces of wood. This will push out some of the water. Let it sit for a few days. This cauldron and press method produces leather which is flat and somewhat like cardboard. It can be cut and sanded. Additionally, should you want to shape the leather to a specific shape, you could press it onto a curved or specialty mold.

What you should not do

​Do not put your leather in the oven. While the leather will shrink up and it can get hard, you are cooking the leather and exposing the material to fire. It is a bad combination for many reason, but the primary reason on why this is not how to stiffen leather is simple. If you burn the leather, it is useless.

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​Need some help? Get advice

​Leather is a bit fickle to get mastered and it does require that you take a level of practice and trial and error. To understand the best methods for softening or stiffening leather, go and observe a professional leather artisan. Keep in mind that various leathers have different ways in which they are softened and stiffened. You would not want to kettle boil nubuck leather.

How To

Choosing The Right Leather Sofa For Your Home

When furnishing a house, it is essential that a person goes beyond just picking out what goes with the walls and the windows, and find furniture that transforms the space into a home, for there is a difference between having a house and having a home. A home is a space where one can relax, it is a refuge from the exterior world. That is why having furniture which adds to the comfort, relaxation, and tranquility of the home is so important. When picking out a leather sofa for your home there are a few considerations you should keep in mind. Here are a few.

The color

Color plays a very important role into a person’s moods and overall mental health. According to an article by Penn State entitled Do certain Colors Evoke Emotion, there are social as well as innate reactions to color. Therefore, the color of the sofa should be considered. A red leather sofa has a tendency to relate love and joy as well as leadership and courage. A blue leather sofa may relate a sense of health, faith, power, and knowledge. Typically, oranges and yellows should be avoided as these have a tendency to give off a sense of uncertainty and caution. Grey leather sofas, black leather sofas, and white leather sofas convey power, elegance, mystery, and cleanliness.

Of course, the color of the sofa is not the only indicator as to the emotional ambiance of a room. Pairing the sofa with the other décor is essential. You do not want to have the sofa as a focal point due to it clashing with the rest of the home.

Pairing the interior space

Picking your sofa should be a merger of the existing interior space and the new furniture. Keep in mind the color of the walls, the main curtains, the textures throughout the room, etc. If you have a room which is minimalistic focusing mainly on blacks and whites, then a gray leather sofa may be the best option for space. At the same time, if you wish to make the sofa a highlighted center point of the room you could choose a dark red leather sofa. Just ensure that the rest of the room has subtle hints of red so as not to overpower the space.

Use

There are variations to the types of leather sofas which are available, primarily in the construction and the type of leather. As such, the use of the couch should be calculated. If the sofa is to be placed in a room with high traffic and use, such as an entertainment room or home theater, then the leather should be thicker to maximize the durability. Cowhide is preferable in this instance. Rooms which have minimal use or “soft” usage may wish to have a nubuck leather sofa. Buyers should understand that nubuck leather sofas do require a bit more cleaning and care than the standard leather sofa. However, the feel is a bit more luxurious and can tie a day room or parlor together quite nicely.

​Studs, brass, connectors, and legs

Consider the studs, metal, and other connector/supporting elements of the sofa before you buy. While the leather may be the perfect color, if the arms have excessive studs or antiquated stud nails that modern look which you are trying to obtain may not work. Additionally, you have to consider the durability of any arm embellishments. Wicker and latticework may have aesthetic demand in the market, but in terms of durability and functionality, it is weak. Homes with small children or pets should avoid buying a leather sofa with fragile detail work.

​Legs of the sofa should be of solid wood. There are some which will argue and state that as long as the core is solid that the exterior can be of a different material or have detail work on it. Yet, from my experience, I have found that (1) the legs are not really seen unless they are damaged and an eyesore, and (2) by having wicker or detail work on the legs (apart from perhaps carvings into the wood) a person is more apt to have damage to the lower portion of the sofa.

​Weight and size

​Like any piece of large furniture, the sofa’s weight should be a factor when choosing the best leather sofa for your home. Although the orange leather sofa may look appealing in your living room now, you may decide that you want to redecorate that room and move the sofa to the day room. If the sofa weighs a ton, then I can guarantee you that your attachment to the furniture will diminish. Also, ensure that the sofa clears your doors and hallways before purchase. It does no good to have a stunning couch which is too wide to fit into your interior space. This may sound a bit redundant, but I cannot count the number of times which I have had to jimmy furniture this way and that to help friends get a sofa into their apartments and homes.

​Cost calculations

When determining whether you wish to purchase a sofa for your home, take note of the costs. By this, I do not mean that you should pick one which is more expensive over another. Instead, I mean that you should calculate if the cost is worth it due to the craftsmanship. Is the leather durable? How have the seams been bound? Is the leather dyed throughout or just on the topmost layer of the design? Do the legs support the weight of the couch? What filler is used on the cushions and will that filler warp the leather over time? Such are the questions you should ask. Just because a business puts a large sticker on a sofa does not make it a quality product. On the same note, just because a price sticker is low does not indicate poor craftsmanship. It could just be that the store is trying to move some inventory.

​Consider cleaning and care

​Leather requires a level of cleaning and care. You will have to use leather cleaners and conditioners on the sofa from time to time to maintain that shine and a new look. Nubuck and other “luxury” leather options will require additional care and consideration. If you have little time to allocate to yourself and to the upkeep of the leather, choosing a low-maintenance option will be the best solution.

​Above all get a sofa that is comfortable

​Regardless of whether you choose a yellow leather sofa, blue leather sofa, black leather sofa, or neon pink leather sofa, it has to be comfortable for you. You will be sitting on it and enjoying the room. If it looks good but does not feel good, what is the point of having it? Get something which meets your style, is comfortable, affordable, and has a warranty. Should you have any questions about how to find the best leather soft for your home, ask your local leather artisan. Should you have questions about a specific make or brand of the sofa, do some online research. Almost every sofa will have reviews which list the pros and cons.