This week I refinished a blue recliner armchair which was part of a Kovacs Design Furniture leather lounge suite. The leather was still in great condition but due to lack of maintenance the finish had deteriorated in the high wear areas, particularly the seat and armrests. This highlights the importance of regular care using approved leather products such as Pelle. If the finish or colour on your leather upholstery is wearing thin or coming off, it is by no means the end of the road. The photos below illustrate how professional refinishing can give your leather a new lease of life.
Upholstery was never designed to be used as a scribbling pad, but one toddler with ballpoint pen in hand missed out on that memo (along with the one on interior wall graffiti). One of our customers had just purchased a brand new leather lounge suite when a visiting grandchild decided it would make a dandy place to demonstrate his drawing skills. The owner had tried to remove the marks with an ink-removal product but was unsuccessful. Fortunately, and much to the delight of our customer and her insurance company, we were able to reverse the damage. Now the only record of the child's work of art is in the photo below.
This week's challenge was a surface cut on a brand new leather Ekornes Stressless recliner which had been damaged prior to delivery to the store. We cannot promise an invisible repair when there is a cut across embossed grain like this, but in almost all cases the result is very satisfactory. In this instance the two cuts in the first photo have been repaired, colour matched and blended out. The final result was as close as possible to a faint natural scar which is often seen on leather, and even then it was not evident until attention was drawn to it. A very satisfactory result.
One of the most common questions we are asked is, "Can you repair cat scratches?" The answer is, Yes!
Below is an example of a leather lazyboy (La-Z-Boy) recliner which had been targeted by a particularly persistent feline (which we understand has since used up all of its nine lives). The owner didn't believe the damage was repairable. As you can see below, however, the results speak for themselves.
Today was our first foray as an advertiser in Wairarapa News as part of their Easter Home and Garden special advertising feature. We are interested to see what level of response there will be to our display ad, which appears on page 19 in the printed edition of the Wairarapa News. You can click on the advertisement at right to see its original size, or click HERE to view the feature page (and the newspaper) online.