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GOT LEATHER? 3 ways to determine what kind of leather you have as shared by Atlanta Leather Care
Leather properly maintained will last four or even five times longer than fabric. In order to be properly maintained, one must know what kind leather they have have. These tips will help consumers be informed on what cleaning methods are applicable.
By: Atlanta Leather Cleaning, Leather Care and Repair
Leather properly maintained will last four or even five times longer than fabric or man-made fibers.In order to properly maintain it, however, you hanve to know truly what kind of leather you have - speculation is not an option as there are different products and procedures to take care of each kind of leather.
These are a few of the basic guidelines as shared by the certified leather specialists at Atlanta Leather Care and Repair, proving Atlanta leather cleaning services.
Fun Fact: DID YOU KNOW that all Leather Starts as Aniline Leather?
* 15% remain as Aniline leather
* 5% are turned into Nubuck leather
* 80% are turned into Pigmented leather
How to Recognize Various Types of Leather
Step 1 - Inspect the piece of furniture for a deck label or "hang tag" that identifies the leather type. Many manufacturers place the deck label on the decking of the seating area near a piece of extra leather that has been sewn in.
Step 2 - Scratch Test - A "Scratch Test" is the easiest way to determine if a leather is a Type P (pigmented) or not. Lightly scratching the leather surface with your fingernail will either yield a light mark or no mark. If there IS a mark, you have aniline leather. If you don't, you have pigmented.
Step 3 - Tactile Test - Feeling the leather surface and visually determining whether a "nap" exists will help to determine if a leather has been sanded/brushed or not. Nubuck leathers have been sanded or brushed leaving a slight to heavy velvet-like nap.
These are just a few easy guidelines to determine what kind of leather you have. Only a certified leather specialist can know for sure, but this should help guide you when contacting professional or buying products.
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Atlanta Leather Care and Repair provides Atlanta leather cleaning, leather repair and leather restoration services. Atlanta Leather Care and Repair is one of the few Leathermaster certified firms and IICRC certified firms for these specialized services.
Atlanta Leather Care has recently launched a series of unique, new services for Atlanta leather cleaning, leather conditioning, leather repair and leather restoration for all types of leather. These services will allow customers the ability to revitalize their existing leather sofas and other furniture pieces and even redye them so that can continue to enjoy their leather upholstery.