Leather Couch - Upholstery Atlanta
How to repair your aged leather couch
Is your aging leather couch looking tired and worn? Do you cover it with a blanket or slipcover out of embarrassment when company comes over? There are options available that can help you make your existing couch look its best!
Leather furniture is a beautiful and lasting addition to any home and can give you years of high performance in a nice looking piece of furniture. This material does require some maintenance, however. Even with proper maintenance, over time your furniture may look aged, and you start to think should I try to cosmetically improve my aged furniture, reupholster it or should I replace it? Quality replacement furniture is expensive. Fixing or doing a reupholster on your furniture is a budget-friendly solution, and allows you to keep your furniture while making it look like new. You can attempt repairs yourself, or you can utilize the services of companies like Upholstery Atlanta.
First you can try calling the furniture manufacturer to see if they have recommendations to help restore your furniture. You may also have warranties in which the company will do repairs for you. If your item is under warranty you may nullify the warranty if you attempt to restore it yourself.
If your furniture piece is no longer under warranty and you want to attempt self-repair, it is also important before proceeding to identify the type of material you are dealing with. Different types of materials may require different cleaning, conditioning and repair products. You do not want to use a conditioner for a top grain material on nubuck for example. Consulting a professional may be needed to identify your fabric. Professionals can help guide you while you make decisions regarding the restoration of your furniture.
Whether you are repairing your furniture, or just maintaining it, cleaning and conditioning the material will maintain the material and will also improve its look. Kits are available online and at furniture stores. A special cleaner should be applied to the surface with a lint free cloth. Once dry, apply a conditioner to the surface of the item. Using a lint-free cloth or your hands, rub in circles until the material will not absorb any more. Once finished, let the sofa dry for a few hours, and if needed, reapply the conditioner. Usually, after the conditioner is dry, you will buff the surface to add shine and remove any excess conditioner. This will help improve the appearance of your furniture if it has minor wear and scratches. This should be done regularly and will prevent further damage. Conditioners soak into the porous surface and prevent drying and cracking of the material. Making cleaning and conditioning a part of regular maintenance on your furniture will go a long way to keeping it looking its best.
If your worn furniture is more seriously faded and scratched, there are options for trying to fix it if it is not under warranty. There are numerous leather reconditioning kits online that can fix some of the fading and wear. These kits include cleaners, recoloring, and conditioning products that can restore color to your distressed furniture. Some companies have color matching available to assist you in finding a match for the unique color of your material. Recoloring can be accomplished with balms and dyes. Some people even use shoe polish for a quick fix, but shoe polish is not ideal. Recoloring products are usually applied and then covered with a conditioner/protectant to protect the new finish. Always follow the directions carefully, and test the color on a part of the sofa that is not visible.
For more serious tears and holes, kits are also available to fill in and smooth the surface, while also matching the material color. Patching fillers, which are a putty like material, are available for furniture. These kits come with custom color or self-mixed colored filler. A chart will be provided in order to help you mix and match the product to the existing material. These products are applied to the tear and then fanned out around the area to blend with the existing material. Sometimes, your furniture may come with a small amount of hidden material that can be used to patch holes or tears. This would require using a special glue for this type of restoration. Be sure to follow directions carefully. Online videos may provide some guidance in this process.
Your best solution if you want a "like new" look is professional repair or reupholstery. If you do not want to attempt to improve your leather furniture yourself, hiring a professional is a great way to ensure the improvements are completed to blend in with your piece. Investing in the process of do-it-yourself restoration, only to find the color didn't match right or the patching doesn't blend is a frustrating experience. Upholstery Atlanta offers repair services for couches. If you are noticing smells, stains, seam separation, fading, sagging and scratches, repairing can be a very budget friendly way to revitalize your furniture. Using a professional company can ensure that your piece of furniture is repaired to the best standards.
Reupholstery is an excellent way to give your home a new look, or to update a favorite couch or family heirloom furniture piece. People can get very attached to furniture pieces that were passed down from family members or friends. Reupholstery is an excellent way to honor the family heirloom while still incorporating it into the decor of your home. If the frame structure of your furniture is in good shape, it is possible to restore the piece to its original look by reupholstering. You can also look into new colors and new materials if your style has evolved. Many different natural and man-made materials are available to modernize your furniture.
Before you put that aging couch on the curb, it is very worthwhile to spend some time looking into fixing or reupholstering of your aging piece of furniture, rather than buying a new piece of furniture. Repairing and reupholstering can give you many more years with your furniture. Professionals at Upholstery Atlanta can give you options that can completely revitalize your furniture that won't break the bank either.
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