This motorcycle jacket had many years of wear and a little abuse to go along! Exposure to rain and poor storage conditions resulted in mildew. The jacket was thoroughly cleaned, the mildew killed and finish restored. To those motorcycle enthusiasts who take pride in the “worn-it-for-years” look, don’t worry! We can give it a good cleaning but leave that distressed look you love!
There may come a time when it is better to buy new than restore the old. However, when the garment has “history” and sentimental value, we can do amazing things! This coat had seen better days, but the customer found it perfectly met his needs and wanted us to restore it. A leather panel in the sleeve was too worn and damaged to restore, so we put in a new panel. The rest of the coat was cleaned and refinished to like-new condition!
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Stickers and leather just don’t go together! The big problem comes when the sticker is removed and the top layer of the skin is removed along with it. If you end up with a sticker on your leather, don’t try to remove it. Send it to a Professional Leather Cleaner who can safely remove it without damaging the skins.
Risky ornamentation on garments can take the form of fragile buttons, laces, beads and stones, or unique clasps. According to the Federal Trade Commission, all ornamentation must be able to withstand the recommended cleaning process. However, that is not always the case. In the case of leather garments, the care label may simply state “Clean by a Professional Leather Cleaner”. Therefore, it is important that the company you entrust with your leather garments has the experience to recognize risky ornamentation so damage does not occur.
Some ornamentation such as buttons and some clasps can be removed prior to cleaning in order to avoid damage. In the case of beads, stones, and laces which cannot be removed, the garment may require a specialized cleaning process. When that is not an option, a Professional Leather Cleaner may contact the customer to advise of the risk and obtain a consent before cleaning.
When you have a favorite coat, sometimes nothing else will do! This customer was very attached to her coat and wanted us to make it look as new as possible. We started with a thorough cleaning and then restored the worn finish. We finished with a brand new lining. I think our customer got her wish and many more years of use!
The quality appearance of vinyl used in apparel has reached new heights. Sometimes, it is only an expert that can tell the difference between leather and vinyl by sight or touch. However, care labels can level the playing field allowing consumers to understand what they are buying.
Care labels on vinyl apparel may refer to the fabric content as Polyvinylchloride (PVC), Polyurethane (PU), pleather, faux leather or imitation leather. The distinction between leather and vinyl may be more in durability and cost than in appearance. Vinyl may damage easier than leather, yet may also provide a lower cost fashion option. Some leather garments may also incorporate vinyl as trim, piping or in pockets making it doubly important to have it cleaned by a Professional Leather Cleaner.
Cleaning differences between leather and vinyl are important. We have seen many garments made from vinyl or with vinyl trim that call for “dry cleaning” on the care label. Please be aware that vinyl cannot be dry cleaned without cracking, melting or damaging! But vinyl can also be safely cleaned and even refinished like a leather garment by those who know how to do it.
[two_third]Ever have a zipper that separates half way up? You may be thinking your jacket is unusable or that it needs a new zipper.
Two options are available for correcting a zipper that isn’t working properly. The quickest and least expensive way is to replace the pull. You may even be able to open up or tighten down the opening on the existing pull on your own. However, in order for a new pull to work, there cannot be any missing teeth on the zipper, the bottom stop must still be there and the zipper tape cannot be torn.
If a new pull cannot correct the problem, replacing the zipper will do the trick. You can even choose to replace an existing zipper with one that is heavy duty or two-way. You can determine the size of most zippers by looking at the number on the back of the pull. A number 5 is the most common size. A number 7 or 8 will be more heavy duty. A number 10 is the size you typically see in a motorcycle jacket. While we prefer to use metal zippers, vislon (plastic) zippers are also available in a variety of teeth and tape colors. Just let us know your preference! If no specific size is requested, the zipper will be replaced with the same size if available.[/two_third]
What are all those dark stains along the seams and pockets of your beautiful shearling coat? Looking similar to grease stains, “glue bleed” is unfortunately a fairly common manufacturing defect affecting mainly sheepskin, but can also be found on pig suede and nubuck skins. Manufacturers will use a glue to hold seams together before stitching. Inferior glue can bleed through the skins over time and during the standard cleaning process. Glue bleed stains may be able to be lightened or masked after cleaning and refinishing.
Professional Leather Cleaners will be able to spot susceptible garments before cleaning and will take steps to minimize or avoid the problem. However, a customer risk may be requested before proceeding with cleaning.
Whether a designer Gucci coat or vintage snowmobile suit, there will come a time when cleaning alone will not restore your leather garment. Over time, the finish on most leather will wear off, scuff or become permanently stained. Professional Leather Cleaners are able to restore leather garments by replacing lost finish. Color matching is done by eye, so experience and expertise is essential.
This snowmobile jacket was faded and worn. Cleaning and refinishing really made the colors vibrant and restored the suit to an almost new look!
This Gucci coat was a classic that had seen better days! The white finish was heavily soiled, discolored, worn and uneven. We were able to restore both the white and black finishes to bring this beautiful coat back to life!