Leather can be repaired and restored from fading, color loss, pet scratches or chewing, seams splitting or coming apart, tear repairs, rip repairs and any other types of damage that have happened to real leather furniture. If you have bonded leather, unfortunately there is not much of a way to save it since it is the equivalent of particle board wooden products. Bonded leather is simply what the name says: it is leather shavings bonded together with adhesive and plastic glue to a piece of fabric. Over time the adhesive element wears away and the leather shavings begin to separate and come unglued from the material. As these fall away, the material below is exposed. Cosmetic repairs have been used to salvage the look of the furniture as a whole but once those areas have been compromised, the bonded leather continues to deteriorate and other areas may begin to show the same types of problems.
Real leather furniture, as I'm sure you are aware if you own some, is a very hefty investment. It is very expensive because it is meant to LAST for many years, even decades. And with proper care and maintenance, it will! When you notice common issues like color loss or fading, or if scratches or tears happen, the best thing to do is have your leather repaired immediately so that the damaged area is restored and no further issues will occur.
I learned about leather repair when my dog chewed up one whole corner of my couch and one of the armrests. I was so upset because that sofa was over a thousand dollars, and would not be cheap to replace! I searched leather repair because I knew there had to be a way to save it without buying a new one. That's when I learned about leather repair.
Skilled leather repair technicians can repair just about any type of damage on your leather furniture. They have special techniques and leather restorative compounds that can be applied and cured with heat to seal rips or tears, and to fill in scratches. Leather furniture dye is the key to successful leather restoration because the pro's can match the color of the furniture exactly. When they came to my house to repair the sofa, they explained to me that leather furniture actually actually protects leather like a second skin, it helps keep dirt and grime from soaking into the pores of the leather and it helps to repel dirt and stains from penetrating into the hide itself. Top coat is a clear and protective layer that is applied after the color has been applied and it is an additional safe guard from dirt and damage. These thin out over time as the furniture is used and sat on, and as it wears off it exposes the leather itself which then vulnerable to dry rot, staining and eventually tearing. Thinning leather in high traffic areas is the leading cause of tears in leather furniture, and it is important to watch for problems like this.
After my leather furniture was repaired, the team made a custom blend of leather furniture dye that they air brush applied to the leather. The dye was cured with ambient heat, the surface gone over carefully for smooth and even color, and additional layers of dye were applied. Multiple layers of dye add richness of color and additional strength to the leather, which not only made the entire sofa look 10 years newer, in just one day, but added years of life to my beloved furniture set! Now that I know about leather restoration and repair, I will always have the tools I need to keep my leather looking its best, and to help it to last a lifetime.