Leather Tips

IMPORTANT - These are some valuable tips for when you are purchasing leather garments

It is essential that all pieces must be processed at the same time in order to guarantee exact color match.

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Look for unusual spots and stains.

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Examine for rips, tears, thin areas and scuff marks.

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Inspect for missing buttons, snaps etc.

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Examine for peeling, cracking and stiff or hardened leather.

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Check for linings hanging below the bottom hem of the leather garment.

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If a garment is part of a suit or has matching accessories, all pieces must be processed at the same time in order to an guarantee an exact color match.

Scars

Light hard spots may appear on suede garment after cleaning which were not apparent before. These are due to ticks or other burrowing insect. These defects are covered by the manufacture with chalk or powder. These spots will generally not accept the redyeing process, thus causing the light spots.

Spotted & Blotched Areas

Hard areas on the skin-similar to scars, where the nap is very short, usually will not accept the redyeing process evenly. This is a poor quality skin and may not always be corrected.

Fading

Badly faded areas on some teal, blue, green gray, and pastel garments are very difficult to restore to their original colors, even though they may be dyed several times.

Mis-Matched Skins

Inspect for unevenly matched skins which may be found in many suede and leather garments. Although the manufacturer does try to match the skins, no two animals are alike and after cleaning, may be shaded differently. Redyeing does not always correct these conditions.

Stains

Most stains can be removed or reduced in appearance. Unfortunately, certain stains may set and are difficult to remove because the chemicals necessary to do so may affect the basic dye of the leather. It is possible to do more harm to the skin in trying to remove certain stains.

Glue Bleed

Some glues used in manufacturing will break down in the cleaning process.  This can, at times, leaving dark areas around seams on the garment.

Refinishing

Refinishing of garments can cause the leather to harden. Leather and suede dyes tend to bleed in the cleaning process. Our cleaning experts redye as close as possible to the original color, if necessary.