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!
Hello, my name is…
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!
Saffiano leather was first introduced in the early 1900’s by Prada. Its defining characteristic is the cross-hatch design which is pressed into the surface and then treated with a wax finish. The wax finish protects the leather from moisture and creates a very durable product that can nicely withstand everyday use. Originally made from calf skin, you can now find the design used in all qualities of leather as well as vinyl.
When the finish wears or is marred by ink or if the lining is in need of cleaning, send it in for our Professional touch!
It always brings a smile to our faces to welcome visitors into our plant. This big guy dropped in for a visit a few days ago. But don’t worry, he only generated laughs and not screams! He left us a little happier and him a lot cleaner!
The care label says to professionally clean your garment by a leather expert. Can your neighborhood dry cleaner be considered a Professional Leather Cleaner because they take in leathers for cleaning? The answer is “NO”! However, the local cleaner that partners with a Professional Leather Cleaner can provide a convenient and safe way to have your leather professionally cleaned by the experts.
So what makes a company a Professional Leather Cleaner?
- They specialize in leather cleaning. This means that leathers are their primary business. A Professional Leather Cleaner will provide wholesale route and mail order service to dry cleaners.
- The equipment, cleaning products, and systems they have are specifically designed for leather cleaning. This will include special oils used in cleaning and refinishing, spray booths to restore color and oils, and pressing stations designed for leather.
- They will offer on-site leather repairs and alterations
A Professional Leather Cleaner cleans hundreds of leather garments a day so they can identify the best cleaning methods and avoid potential damage from improper cleaning. Check the Professional Leather Cleaners Association site for more information.
Furs provide a natural beauty that can’t be duplicated by any man-made process! From apparel to blankets and rugs, furs bring their own unique qualities, appearance and uses. However, like all natural things, the hides will eventually deteriorate over time. Spotting the signs of dry rot will help you make decisions about whether to purchase a vintage fur coat or invest in repairs to a fur you own.
The natural oils in hides will dry out causing the skins to become thin and weak. You can usually spot the signs of this condition by tears in areas of most stress such as the neckline, back yoke, shoulders, armholes and pockets. Shedding may be one of the first signs of deterioration. If the skins become like tissue paper, the condition has progressed beyond the normal repair process. However, tears can be repaired if the skins are strong enough to be sewn.
You can extend the life of your furs with regular cleaning by a Professional Leather Cleaner who is able to restore the oils to the skins and bring back the shine. For storage, cover with a breathable garment bag or cotton cloth and put your furs in a dry, cool environment. Do not store furs in a cedar closet or use moth balls which can draw oils and moisture from the skins. Avoid damp environments like basements which may cause mildew. The safest environment for summer storage is a cold vault which controls temperature and moisture.
See more information in our post “Second Hand Furs“.