Repair >> Stains and Rips
Stains and Rips
Purses, jackets, accessories and furniture made of leather can
last for years with the proper treatment. It is a material which
is meant to be durable, yet can still be the victim of rips and
stains. Whether your four-year-old became creative with the scissors
or a permanent marker bled through your front pocket, there are
many solutions to restore leather back to a new, or nearly-new
Taking leather to an expert repair person can be expensive, so
many people are opting for simple leather repair kits. A kit which
includes clear directions can be the key to cost-effectively repairing
Use A Gentle Cleaner
The trick with getting a stain out of leather is that you do
not want to affect the color or texture of the leather under the
stain. Luckily, most leather is forgiving of a little moisture
because it needs occasional conditioning to keep it from cracking,
as well as some cleaning, so that it maintains its vibrancy. There
are several items which an easy-to-use leather repair kit for
stains should include to ensure that your leather’s unique
surface is not compromised.
The key ingredients are a gentle cleaner, sometimes made from
pure glycerin, a conditioner to keep the leather’s natural
softness, the stain remover itself, and sponges for applying the
stain remover. A polishing cloth is also a handy addition to any
stain removing leather repair kit. Many kits include a powerful
ink or spot remover for difficult areas.
If the stain is old or stubborn, then purchasing a kit with the
ink/spot remover is most likely going to be necessary. A household
or car that is prone to spills could benefit from a bottle of
water proffer, which is included in some kits as well.
Many of the products in a stain repair kit will specify whether
it can be used on treated or non-treated leather. Kits made especially
for aniline (or mostly non-protected or non-treated leather),
should contain all of the same elements as one for protected leather.
Find The Right Repair Kit
For rips and gashes, an entire range of repair kits exist which
are simple to use. Leather can withstand the liquid leather repair
kits which sometimes use heat to adhere to a combination of backing,
or patching, with a blend of colors matched to the piece you need
to repair. There are also regular patching kits which will include
similar items to the liquid kits.
Any of the above should include colors, applicator tools, compounds,
backing patches, re-useable grain paper to simulate grainy textures,
and adhesives. If you have a combination of stains and rips on
a leather item, then you can even buy kits which include all of
the items you would need for a stain, as well as those for holes
Make sure that you will have enough color options available in
a kit so you can make the shade you need. A kit should tell you
the amount of adhesives which it provides and the size of its
Some kits will give you everything you need for repairing a rip
combined with the estimated colors you will need to get your shade,
rather than a tiny amount of many colors. Buy the kit which includes
the protective conditioners and weather proffers if you do not
already have them.
After you clean your rip or stain, you will probably want to
clean the entire item for consistency anyway. The key to the simplicity
in a leather repair kit is that it includes simple and well thought
out instructions which explain how to use every item in your kit,
whether it is a small or large job.
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