Buying Upholstery Leather Hides
Upholstery leather hides is sold by the square foot. Since leather is a natural material, each hide size is unique, but an average hide size can range from 48 to 53sqft. The fact that leather is irregularly shaped, there will always be a waste factor in the cutting of leather. The industry has developed a standard formula for converting fabric yardage to leather square footage which factors in the waste.
The formula is that one linear yard of 54" wide fabric equals 18 square feet of leather, based on hides averaging 48 to 53sq ft.
There some great deals on
for leather with prices at around the $2 a sq ft mark.
Before cleaning leather furniture effectively, you have to know whether you have the type of leather that stains can permanently penetrate. (dyed leather) or pigmented leather) This can be ascertained by letting a drop of water fall on an inconspicuous part of the leather. If it soaks in immediately, then so will the stains and if it doesn't, you at least have a chance of removing them. In general, leather should not be too wet and most water-based stains like cola, red wine and mustard can often be removed with a damp cloth. If that doesn't work, try a cloth dampened with a very mild soap and water solution.
It is important to avoid the use of furniture polish oil, varnish, abrasive cleanser or ammonia water for your leather furniture cleaner. And always check for color changes in an inconspicuous part of the furniture before applying any product to the leather.
Using incorrect care products is usually the cause of deterioration in the leather as unfortunately most car care products contain waxes and oils or silicones which do not do the leather any good.
AS a last resort try saddle soap it is a fine all purpose leather cleaner. Rub the lather into the leather using a cloth dampened with water and once dry, buff with a soft cloth. For effective conditioning, mix 1 cup boiled linseed oil and ½ cup white vinegar. Shake well and apply sparingly with a damp cloth and when dry, buff with a soft cloth. Olive oil can be substituted for the linseed oil. To remove mildew, apply a little antiseptic mouthwash to the area with a soft cloth. Sounds strange but it works
BUT always check for color changes in an inconspicuous part of the furniture before applying any product to the leather.
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