Leather Upholstery Cleaning

Cleaning leather upholstery requires a different approach than for cleaning fabric upholstery. Before we start to clean, it is essential to determine the type of leather the customer has so that the correct cleaning solutions and methods can be used. This will ensure that no damage is caused during the cleaning process. With this in mind, it is helpful to categorise upholstery leather into three main groups:
Aniline
Protected
Nubuck

Aniline Leather cleaning

Aniline refers to the non-toxic dye used in colouring leather and not to the leather itself. However the leather selected to become aniline is usually the best quality without anything removed from the surface and is known as Full Grain. Within this group we include all leathers that have minimum surface protection and absorb moisture readily. This group of leather also absorbs dirt and stains readily, so it pays to regularly maintain the surface. Following a thorough vacuuming we follow up with a cleaning solution that does not contain detergents as we only want to clean the dirt away from the surface of the leather and not push it further into the grain. Afterwards, we apply a fluoroseal protector to the leather which helps against staining. Available for purchase is a bottle of leather maintainer and a quick explanation on how to best care for the suite now it has been cleaned. Leather maintainer is a spray and wipe product that is designed to clean, hydrate and protect. If maintained correctly and regularly then dirt can be wiped off the surface reducing the need to deep clean.

Protected Leather Cleaning

The better quality protected leathers are also made from the top layer of a hide, but from one that is deemed not good enough to be Full Grain and has had any imperfections buffed out. It is normally aniline dyed and then coated with one or more pigments and includes antique and two tone finishes. Cleaning is carried out using a foaming product, whereby the dirt is encapsulated into the foam and then removed from the surface of the leather. Using a foam cleaner is a more efficient way to capture the dirt rather than using a spray cleaner that just moves the dirt around the surface of the leather. Using foam also prevents “bleaching” streaks that can prove stubborn to remove. After the suite has been fully cleaned, a coat of fluoroseal protector is applied and then it is good practise for the owner to look after the suite by cleaning the body contact areas with a leather maintenance product that can be purchased from us. This product will clean, hydrate and prevent surface cracking and reduce the frequency of “deep cleaning”.

Nubuck

Nubuck is a Full Grain aniline dyed leather that has had its surface buffed to give a suede effect and may have a protective coating of wax. Because the surface has been buffed and the leather fibres are exposed it is very susceptible to spillages and body oils. Cleaning is normally carried out with a nap brush and a tack cloth. Again, a fluoroseal protector is applied after the cleaning process and a bottle of leather maintainer is available for the customer to purchase from us that will clean, hydrate and protect.

You may notice that I have emphasised the word hydrate. This is because leather is marketed in a way that makes you believe it is like living human skin that regularly needs moisturising, however this is untrue. During the tanning process, all the natural stuff in the hide is removed leaving only fibrous material. At this stage the hide can now be called leather but it is very stiff, so natural and artificial oils and fats are introduced to lubricate it and make it soft and supple. These oils and fats are chemically bound to the fibres and should last for a minimum of 20 to 30 years. If you try to ‘condition’ the leather with more oil then it will just remain on the surface and attract dirt. This dirt will abrade the surface and cause cracks and the dye to fade. Because leather has a tendency to dry out, only water based cleaning products should be used. By keeping the surface clear of dirt and body oils allows moisture in the air to be carried through, keeping the leather in balance with the surrounding levels of humidity. However if the environment is too dry, as our homes often are, then a 3-in-one maintainer used on a regular basis will help to keep the leather soft and supple. The 3-in 1 maintainer is designed to clean, hydrate and add a thin coat of fluoroseal protector to the surface of the leather. The protector will help in the fight against stains and body contact oils.

Here’s what our customers have to say about our work………

5/5  ·  4th December 2018 by of Maulden
Upholstery Cleaning
Great job!
5/5  ·  22nd July 2018 by
Upholstery Cleaning
I had my sofas cleaned, very pleased with the job, lovely people.
5/5  ·  14th July 2018 by
Upholstery Cleaning
Have used Steve many times and have also recommend him.  Very satisfied and great value.
5/5  ·  29th May 2018 by of Flitwick
Upholstery Cleaning
Thank you for a job well done. Excellent results.
5/5  ·  23rd April 2018 by of Meppershall
Upholstery Cleaning
The upholstery started to look cleaner as soon as you started.
5/5  ·  1st March 2018 by of Harlington
Upholstery Cleaning
Very happy with the sofas.
5/5  ·  7th January 2018 by of Kempston
Upholstery Cleaning
I can't believe how much brighter my suite looks. The colours really stand out.
5/5  ·  2nd December 2017 by of Silsoe
Upholstery Cleaning
Hi Steve, just rang mum. She was really pleased with the upholstery cleaning and all that you did for her, so just wanted to say a big thank you for that.
5/5  ·  17th November 2017 by of Meppershall
Leather Cleaning
Steven was recommended to us by a friend and was highly delighted when he offered us a time immediately to give us a free estimate. This we accepted and Steven arrived promptly as arranged and cleaned our leather suite which was in need of his care and attention. We were delighted with the finished product and has made such a difference in our lounge which has recently been decorated. Steven was extremely knowledgeable and could advise the best products to use for care and maintenance.
5/5  ·  16th October 2017 by of Shillington
Leather Cleaning
Thank you Steve..... a dramatic improvement that bought the old sofa back to life. Over the years it has suffered from cracking and fading. Your on-site colour restoration service has restored it to very near its original colour. I'm so pleased to be able to get many more years out of a family favourite.    
5/5  ·  2nd October 2017 by of Luton
Upholstery Cleaning
Very happy with the way the suite now looks.
5/5  ·  28th September 2017 by of Barton-Le-Clay
Upholstery Cleaning
Our three piece suite looks a lot cleaner now, should have had it done a long time ago. thanks
5/5  ·  29th June 2017 by of Hitchin
Upholstery Cleaning
I’d like to thank Steve for the superb job he did on cleaning my suite.  What a difference. Well done!
5/5  ·  28th September 2016 by of Maulden
Upholstery Cleaning
Our sofas have come up looking brand new. I would definitely recommend them.

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