To The Surprise of Most, Leather Actually Requires Cleaning & Maintenance!
Hundreds, if not thousands, of times per year, we hear the same refrain: “No one ever told me that I had to maintain my leather, and no one ever told me how! I would have gladly done so if I had known!”
We have made it part of our company mandate to educate clients, friends, designers, retailers, and many others about the nature of their leather, where and how it should be used, and which leather types are appropriate in a given environment. Leather furniture can and should last 30, 40, or 50 years, or more! However, it requires proper ongoing consumer and professional care in a program dictated by the leather type and usage, using the right products. All leather is not created equal!
Leather furniture and other leather products are costly investments. To ensure its lasting beauty, though, leather must be properly maintained. Leather is like skin – it requires cleaning, conditioning, moisturizing, and protection on an ongoing basis or:
- It becomes dry or even brittle
- It becomes soiled
- Stains become apparent
- The protection system is no longer evident
- The finish system is broken down
- The color system fades, disappears, breaks down, fractures, or peels
- The leather is scuffed, scratched, ripped or torn
- The leather is displaced by cat or dog scratches
- Oil builds up on the head rest
Periodic consumer care and regular annual professional restorative cleanings will help prevent and forestall the damage that can arise from even benign neglect. At Platinum Care, our leather experts are among the most expert and knowledgeable in the world. Our thirst for information and training and our many years of education help us to solve complex leather issues every day, and we are constantly learning.
Our specialists will be happy to help you with the safest and most effective care products that you can use on a recommended schedule, while we perform the necessary applications of fat liquors and oils, cleaners, moisturizers and conditioners, protection systems, and finish systems that your leather requires and recommend a schedule of regular professional maintenance. We want to help your leather look as good as possible and last as long as possible!
What Can You Expect From Leather Cleaning?
The process of cleaning leather is designed to remove soils. The effectiveness of the cleaning process will be a function of the condition of the leather, the age of the leather, the leather type, and the type of soils and/or staining. In short, cleaning leather will not miraculously restore the color, finish, or gloss of your leather. It will not miraculously repair missing color, tears, or rips. It will also not remove most spots and stains, which are typically absorbed by the leather after 72 hours.
Through our many years of experience, we have learned that our clients have expectations of “before & after” results like this:
In reality, these miraculous improvements can only be achieved through repair and restoration. A thorough professional restorative cleaning will include the following:
- The application of fat liquors and oils to restore the equilibrium moisture content of the leather
- Cleaning of the leather with the appropriate cleaners and/or removers to remove soil and contaminant buildup. This can include cleaners ranging from “mild” to “strong” and removers for spew (fatty residues), mold, and ink. However, some removers may not only remove the targeted problem, but also the color system as well.
- The hand application of moisturizers and conditioners to soften the hand of the leather after cleaning, which by definition will likely remove some of the needed moisture from the leather.
- The re-application of a leather protection system and/or aniline leather finish system.
Why buy new when we can restore your leather at a fraction of the cost?