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1. Leather feels sticky

Leather Feels Sticky

What (is this)

When leather feels tacky and you stick to it - In most cases the top protection finish has worn off.

Why (does this occur)

This problem occurs with furniture that is usually over a year old. Also a chemical transferred from clothes or just in the air (Air fresheners) can result in a tacky leather surface. Most common with "Bi-cast" hides, which are usually brown. (They can turn dark with patches on the problematic areas.)

How (to rectify)

We have successfully resolved this problem on many occasions. In most cases a cheaper option is to resurface the leather. This involves stripping back the top surface and then applying a durable, flexible pigment colour matched to the existing surrounding leather panels. Alternatively the affected leather panels can be replaced with brand new colour/aged matched leather.

2. Leather peeling off

What (is this)

The top finish and or colour lifting off.

Why (does this occur)

This is the most common on the back cushion of the sofa/chair where your head is positioned. Contaminants, hair products and natural oils in the skin/hair can cause the top finish and or colour to peel off. (This can occur anywhere on your furniture where you come into contact with it.)

How (to rectify)

We have successfully resolved this problem on many occasions. In most cases a cheaper option is to resurface the leather. This involves stripping back the top surface and then applying a durable, flexible pigment colour matched to the existing surrounding leather panels. Alternatively the affected leather panels can be replaced with brand new colour/aged matched leather.

3. Cleaned and colour come off

What (is this)

Top finish and or colour broken down and lifting off.

Why (does this occur)

This problem is most common with 2-tone suites (sofas consisting of two colours also called mottled - Not 1 block shade of colour).
The top surface is removed exposing a different colour underneath. Contaminates in the air such as air fresheners and natural oils in the skin/hair can cause this breakdown.

How (to rectify)

The affected areas are cleaned and prepped. The two colours are matched and blended to recreate the effect of the existing finish on the surrounding leather panels.

4. Leather changed colour

What (is this)

Leather that changed colour is a breakdown of the finish (top coat sealant) or colour. Sunlight can also be a factor. Dye from clothes is another reason.

Why (does this occur)

2-tone sofas consist of 2 colours (see section "cleaned and colour come off")
The change of colour is the undercoat being exposed due to the top coat being rubbed off. Bicast hides turn black due to top finish breaking down. Sunlight can bleach leather furniture - causing colour change. Dye from clothes (mostly jeans) scatter cushions and throw overs can transfer from the fabric onto leather.

How (to rectify)

All the affected areas are cleaned and prepped, the colour is mixed and matched to finish on the surrounding leather panels. The repairs and finishes are strong, flexible and permanent. Your furniture can be used as if new.

5. Leather tear getting worse

What (is this)

Leather that splits or tears (usually with no explanation) and continues to tear. In most cases looks very fibrous. Bicast or split hides.

Why (does this occur)

This problem is mostly common with bicast leather. This is shiny in appearance and in most cases brown. When this type of hide wears it turns black (see section "leather changed colour")

How (to rectify)

We have successfully resolved this problem on many occasions. In most cases a cheaper option is to resurface the leather. This involves stripping back the top surface and then applying a durable, flexible, pigment colour matched to the surrounding existing leather panels. Alternatively the affected leather panels can be replaced with brand new colour/aged matched leather.

6. Tear along seam

What (is this)

Commonly mistaken for stitching coming undone. A split along the seam line - perforated.

Why (does this occur)

When there is a tear along the seam line in most cases this is because vinyl has been used in place of leather. (Sometimes described as leather match) Also this is common on older furniture (over 3-4 years) where the leather on the stitching holes grin (becomes elongated). Contaminants get drawn into the raw leather, sponge like, weakening the seam line until it tears.

How (to rectify)

If there is some "play" in the affected panels hand stitching is an option. However if hand stitching is not possible the affected panels can be replaced with brand new leather.
Colour and aged matched to the surrounding panels of your furniture.

7.Bubble in Leather

What (is this)

This is when the colour/finish top surface separates and lifts off from the leather itself.

Why (does this occur)

This is the most common with bicast leathers (see sections 1,2,4,5,13). Bicast has a polyurethane top surface, when bubbles and crinkling effect appears the top surface has separate from the underside. (Floating polyurethane)

How (to rectify)

We have successfully resolved this problem on many occasions. In most cases a cheaper option is to resurface the leather. This involves stripping back the top surface and then applying a durable, flexible, pigment colour matched to the surrounding existing leather panels. Alternatively the affected leather panels can be replaced with brand new colour/aged matched leather.

8. Spillage on Leather

What (is this)

When spills occur leather colour can fade, discolour or be stripped completely.

Why (does this occur)

Although leather is very durable and hardwearing, when certain contaminants come into contact with the leathers top coat sealant they can have an adverse effect and cause a breakdown. If the contaminant is strong enough this won’t only strip the top coat but also the pigment (paint colouring on your furniture).

How (to rectify)

We have successfully resolved this problem on many occasions. In most cases a cheaper option is to resurface the leather. This involves stripping back the top surface and then applying a durable, flexible, pigment colour matched to the surrounding existing leather panels. Alternatively the affected leather panels can be replaced with brand new colour/aged matched leather.

9. Cracked Brittle Leather

What (is this)

Leather becomes cracked and brittle, the top surface and pigment has dried out, if caught early enough before contaminants impregnate the hide itself repairs are successful and very strong!

Why (does this occur)

The hide has sustained heavy or long term wear. Heat from radiators and the sun can also be factors causing leather to crack and become brittle.

How (to rectify)

We have successfully resolved this problem on many occasions. In most cases a cheaper option is to resurface the leather. This involves stripping back the top surface and then applying a durable, flexible, pigment colour matched to the surrounding existing leather panels. Alternatively the affected leather panels can be replaced with brand new colour/aged matched leather.

10. Leather stretched/creased

What (is this)

Leather can stretch and crease mainly on seating areas. This can occur anywhere. If leather stretches to the point where it creases and even folds wear can occur resulting in colour loss. (See sections 2,4)

Why (does this occur)

Leather on wearing areas such as seats, arms and back cushions can stretch as a result of the internal cushions (foam or fibre interiors) degrading, shrinking, softening and flattening. On seating areas, springs and elasticated webbing can wear and slacken causing the cushions to drop and the leather consequently to stretched.

How (to rectify)

All affected areas can be re-padded by either adding extra padding to existing padding or "making up" to size and fitting brand new cushions (foam or fibre interiors). Springs and webbing can be tightened/replaced. Sometimes panels can be "heat massaged" to tighten slack leather. All leather damaged through stretching can be repaired. (See sections 2,3)

11. Can’t clean Leather

What (is this)

When leather can’t be cleaned because of ground in dirt or spillages.

Why (does this occur)

In most cases the top finish has been stripped off or worn off. The pigment is the exposed which is porous and will "grab" everyday soiling.

How (to rectify)

The leather is stripped back and prepped. The pigment is then colour matched to the original colour of your furniture. The colour is then applied to all areas of the furniture in layers. Building up the layers until all the darker worn soiled areas are restored to the original depth of colour and the coverage is even throughout. A sealant top coat is then applied. Brilliant results even with the oldest tattiest of sofas.

12. Ink on Leather

What (is this)

Ink, marker pen and dye in most cases can’t be removed or cleaned off of leather.

Why (does this occur)

Ink penetrates through the top coat. To remove the pen would mean removing the top coat! Once the top coat is erased exposing pigment (colouring), the pigment will be very unstable. This will wear very quickly.

How (to rectify)

All the affected areas are cleaned and prepped, the colour is mixed and matched to finish on the surrounding leather panels. The repairs and finishes are strong, flexible and permanent. Your furniture can be used as if new!

13. Dark patches on Leather

What (is this)

Natural oils from hair and skin penetrate the top finish and saturate the leather (contamination). This will appear as a darker patch. The pigment can peel.

Why (does this occur)

When the top finish is weak from poor manufacturing or every day wear, natural body oils and contaminants inpregnate the pourous hide, in a sponge like affect. This problem is mostly common with men which have very short hair (shaved or bald heads). Contamination can occur anywhere on your furniture where you come into contact with it. But most common is where your head would be positioned, laying or sitting. Dark patches or pigment peeling is apparent.

How (to rectify)

We have successfully resolved this problem on many occasions. In most cases a cheaper option is to resurface the leather. This involves stripping back the top surface and then applying a durable, flexible pigment colour matched to the existing surrounding leather panels. Alternatively the affected leather panels can be replaced with brand new colour/aged matched leather.

14. Seats uncomfortable

What (is this)

Too soft, too hard, sunk, arms dented.

Why (does this occur)

Seat foam interiors, back cushions and arm pads lose resilience causing furniture to become very uncomfortable and unsightly. (See section 10)

How (to rectify)

Additional padding can be added or replacement foams/interiors can be cut to size, supplied and fitted for your specification.

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Leather doctor is a small Essex based specialist company with over 15 years experience built on reputation. The company is run by its 2 owners/operators using the most advanced products in the industry. We have dealt with almost every fault imaginable working with retailers and manufacturers such as NATUZZI · TETRAD · G PLAN · HARRODS · JOHN LEWIS · PETER JONES · FURNITURE VILLAGE and many more.......

"Our leather suite is 26 years old and looked very well worn just over a week ago. John and Rob of "The Leather Doctor" quoted a very reasonable price to restore it, and today the suite is finished. We cannot believe it, it is now perfect; in fact, just like brand new - and you can't get better than that. These two guys are an absolute pleasure to deal with, perform miracles, and I will recommend them without reservation whenever the opportunity arises. Thank you both so much."

John & Theresa Stevens, Essex

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"I just wanted to thank you for the lovely work you did repairing our Pendragon Suite. We are so pleased with it - it is as though it were new again! Not bad for something that is easily 10 years old.
I will be recommending you without hesitation, thanks again for the fast and professional service."

Caroline Churn, Gardeners Farm, Essex

"We had bought a good quality leather suite consisting of 2 X 2 st sofas and a footstool, about 4 years ago. Unfortunately it got marked very easily and faded badly. We did not know what to do, as this was top quality leather and an expensive suite, too good just to throw away after only 4 years use.!! We saw the leather doctors van at the tarpots and took the phone number. From this moment on when we spoke to Rob & John the partners of leather doctor, we had a dedicated and professional service. The leather they pointed out was an aniline leather, top of the range suite. They took a sample from our furniture and had the dye made and colour matched to repair our sofas. Nothing was too much trouble from the owners of the leather doctor, we were kept informed whilst the dye was ordered, and a mutual time was agreed to carry out repairs. We are Very pleased with the finished repairs which were completed in our home by two good craftsman... We are more than happy to recommend their services... "

Pete & Judy, Essex

"Our leather suite is 26 years old and looked very well worn just over a week ago. John and Rob of "The Leather Doctor" quoted a very reasonable price to restore it, and today the suite is finished. We cannot believe it, it is now perfect; in fact, just like brand new - and you can't get better than that. These two guys are an absolute pleasure to deal with, perform miracles, and I will recommend them without reservation whenever the opportunity arises. Thank you both so much."

John & Theresa Stevens, Essex

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