Thursday, October 9, 2003
More Bang for Your Buck: How To Keep Leather Looking Like New
When most people buy leather, they know it has a limited lifespan. Ultimately, that original shimmer and shine is replaced with fading and cracking. But in tonight's More Bang For Your Buck, we'll show you there are simple ways to prevent your leather from losing its luster.
(WSVN) -- From the runway to your living room, Americans love leather.
Just ask Barry Slack.
It's an attraction he knows all too well.
Barry says, "Even though they are around 20 or 30 years old, I consider them to be classic antiques."
But these antiques are starting to show their age.
He adds, "I wanted to maintain the original leather, the color and after 20 years any furniture is going to show wear and tear."
His options, either buy new or re-upholster.
"I wasn't getting any satisfaction either in quality or price."
Until Barry found Harris Lansky of the Leather Restoration Company.
Harry says, "The leather itself isn't breaking down. the finish is breaking down and the color is starting to fade."
Restoring the finish is essesntial to protecting and reviving the quality of the leather.
"The colors are applied. They're dried. The top coats are applied and the oils are restored in the leather and you end up with a like new finish."
New or used, if you want to keep your finish fashionable, some at home maintenance is necessary.
The oils on our fingertips do the most damage so wash the leather with a mild soap.
"Just take the surface dirt off of it that will prevent to from penetrating into the leather."
And beware of products that might remove more than dirt.
"Don't use any strong cleaners on it that might take the color out. It will definitely take the natural oils out of the leather."
Also consider where your leather is placed.
Keep it out of direct sunlight to prevent additional fading.
And if you're going to store it, always keep it in a cool, dry place without a plastic cover.
The restoration results are pretty impressive to Barry.
Here is his chair before and after the one-hour process.
Barry says, "We were super surprised and the value was certainly there and it was probably one quarter the price if I could have found someone to re-upholstery it leather."
"I'm happy to have my friends back."
Also keep in mind - if your leather gets wet, immediately remove any stains by blotting the edges and working inward to the center.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Leather Restoration Company Inc.
555 NE 15th St #11A
Miami, FL 33132