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Leather Cleaning & Restoration

STEP 1: Pre- Inspection

We begin by testing the leather to determine its type: Protected leather, Aniline leather or Nubuck leather. Although we clean all three types, the cleaning process for each is slightly varied. We also inspect for natural markings and evaluate soil and staining so we can ascertain the expected results.

STEP 2: Pre-Clean / Vacuum

We will brush and vacuum Nubuck and suede, and between cushions and all other non leather areas.

Benefit: This will loosen difficult soil and stains and remove pet hair and debris that collects in hidden areas.

STEP 3: Pre-Spot / Pre-Condition

Depending on soil conditions and stains we will spot clean and or pre-treat areas as needed.

Benefit: Proper cleaning solutions, agitation and time are the only ways to remove stubborn soil or spots.

Leather Chair

STEP 4: Cleaning / Wash

Our trained professionals use the proper cleaning agents with the most thorough methods of application, to loosen, emulsify and suspend deeply embedded soil for instant extraction.

Benefit: We use products and methods that clean deep into the pores and grain of the leather while enhancing the natural characteristics of it. This insures that your leather is never dried out or damaged.

STEP 5: Rinse

A special ph balanced rinse agent is used.

Benefit: This insures that leather is returned to it’s most favorable ph condition and all cleaning residue and soil are completely removed.

STEP 6: Dry / Forced Drying

Large fans are used to quickly and thoroughly dry the leather, in some cases a hair dryer is also used.

Benefit: We are able to see the finished result and re-clean any areas or spots that need it.

STEP 7: Conditioning

The leather is nourished with the same agents used during the original tanning process.

Benefit: Essential oils lost through natural aging, sunlight and use are replenished to enhance the look, feel and most importantly the integrity of the leather.

STEP 8: Optional Protection

We can properly apply protectors that repel soil, stains and sunlight.

Benefit: These quality products enhance and protect the natural beauty of your fine leather.

Leather Repair

As certified leather restorers, we can repair scuffs, rips, holes and remove certain inks and severe stains. While most leather repair sites are not “perfectly healed,” they can be skillfully blended into existing surfaces to look like natural blemishes — perfectly acceptable artifacts commonly found in all leather goods.

In-plant or on location, Chet’s leather restoration expertise includes well known types of leather like protected, nubuck, and aniline leathers but also includes exotic leathers. We’ve restored such leathers as eel and python.

One area of leather restoration that has been a benefit to many of our clients is color-loss restoration or re-dying.

Protected leather, especially, lends itself to this beauty treatment. It restores damaged or neglected leather to like new condition. In most cases, the process is elaborate and difficult to perform in home. We prefer to perform this service at our own facility.

Critical Questions To Ask When Selecting The Right Leather Cleaner

  • Were they trained in the complete tanning process?
  • Are their solutions approved by all the major tanneries?
  • Is protection included in their process?
  • Is conditioning included in their process?
  • Do they have the expertise to remove difficult stains and the knowledge to repair marks or tears?
  • Will their methods dry out and cause irreparable damage to your leather goods?