Are you looking for leather repair in Oak Brook? Maybe a seam split in your favorite jacket or your pup scratched up the living room sofa. Whatever misfortune has befallen your leather goods, Technique Leather is here to help. For over 30 years, we’ve been restoring and repairing leather throughout Chicagoland. Here are just a few of our services:
Technique Leather has all of your leather repair needs covered. We work on cuts and tears, ink marks, fading or staining, damage, scratches, or split seams. If you’re dreaming of having your leather chair, sofa, stool or car seat look brand new, call us!. We have the experience and proper tools to ensure the job gets done right the first time. And the best part? We can do it for a fraction of the cost of replacing it!
Accidents and mishaps happen everyday. Did the cleanup after that house party reveal stains on your couch? Did you accidentally forget about that jacket in the back seat of your car this summer? Are you now left wondering if your leather good will ever look as good as it once did? Technique leather is here to help fix the damage. Our experts are skilled in exactly these types of repairs. Don’t trash that favorite purse just because it got accidentally scratched, give it new life, by giving us a chance! Call us and see just how affordable restoring your leather can be.
Leather has been in style as far back as anyone can remember. People love it for its durability and style. Its reputation as both classy and trendy keeps us coming back time and again. While it is relatively easy to care for, there is still maintenance that needs to be done occasionally as it’s not entirely damage resistant. It needs to be periodically cleaned and protected or its quality will suffer. Let’s look at certain things that will harm your leather and how to avoid them.
Leather is, undoubtedly, an awesome and unique material for so many items. It does require a bit more care and attention though, than other materials. Awareness of the causes of leather damage can help you avoid them, and prolong the life of your products for years to come.
Extended exposure to direct sunlight can significantly harm leather products. Much like we get burned, sunlight can discolor leather, usually through fading. There’s no SPF lotion for leather though. The best practice is to move items and keep them out of direct sun as much as possible. If you have a sofa right in front of a window, consider moving it to a different part of the room. Should your car be frequently parked in direct sun, garage parking as an alternative, or even a simple sunscreen would be a good idea.
Drastic changes in temperature can also damage your leather items. Avoid storing items where there isn’t temperature control, like attics. A key method to keep your item looking great is to ensure it stays in a stable temperature. Garage parking again is great at helping to prevent temperature damage to your car’s leather seats.
As careful as you might be, it’s virtually impossible to avoid stains forever. At some point there’s going to be an accident. What’s important is that the stain is treated as quickly as possible, else it could become permanent. Having a leather restoration kit handy in your home or car is a smart move. Trying to remove the stain with the wrong cleaners could cause further damage.
As just referenced, use only cleaners specifically designed for cleaning leather to maintain your items. Other detergents and soaps can dry, stain, or crack leather. Test any product on an inconspicuous part of the garment or furniture first if possible.
Much like sunlight, heat is no friend of leather. If your leather product is near a heating vent or fireplace, move it if at all possible. If you have leather in your car, park it in the garage when available or try to find a cooler, shaded area.
There are different methods to properly care for your leather products. Doing it yourself does bring some risks, but here’s a few things you can try to help you eliminate stains.
Look specifically for a leather cleaner, not an all-purpose cleaner, and follow the instructions closely in terms of application, both the amount of cleaner and how the product should be applied. A quality leather cleaner will remove surface oils, dirt and grime, but won’t do much in terms of a deep clean.
The next level is a leather restoration kit. This will have a few more tools with it, and should include different oils, creams and applicators depending on the project at hand. When your leather is starting to look worn out or dull, it will need a little extra TLC to make it shiny once more. Restoration is usually time intensive, but will moisturize the leather, restore its look and keep it protected from more damage.
For minor scratches or small tears, try olive oil or baby oil. No seriously, not many people know this. Apply a small amount with a cotton ball and let dry for an hour, then evaluate how the tear or scratch looks. You might have to repeat this step if necessary. It’s sort of a band-aid, but it will help until a more full restoration job or repair can be done.
If this all seems like too much, or you’re not sure where to start, don’t hesitate to call the professionals – Technique Leather! Your leather goods will be in good hands with our pros.
There are pros and cons of doing this kind of job yourself. There’s the satisfaction of working on a job yourself, saving money, and learning a new skill. There’s also the risk of ruining something you really love by trying to learn a specialized skill on the fly. Before you dive into leather restoration as a DIY task, consider a few of these points.
That special leather product can bring a lifetime of memories. Repairing and restoring those items are tasks you shouldn’t trust with just anyone. Technique Leather is there for you when you need to bring the original beauty of your leather shining back. Don’t let tears, stains, or fading leather cause you to dispose of something you hold dear before it’s time. Call us today and see which of our services may benefit you. We can’t wait to hear from you!