<![CDATA[My Site - Colourlock UK & Ireland]]>Wed, 10 Feb 2016 05:04:06 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Leather Cleaning Experts Show How to Deal with Odours in Furniture ]]>Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:58:54 GMThttp://colourlock.weebly.com/colourlock-uk--ireland/leather-cleaning-experts-show-how-to-deal-with-odours-in-furniture​Leather furniture is renowned for its looks, which blend easily into just about any interior. It's also known for its balance of comfort and firmness. But aside from these traits, homeowners may encounter one problem with leather furniture. That problem is odour, and how leather furniture absorbs it. 
Leather is porous, so it absorbs all kinds of odours easily. "Pet odour", whether that's from dogs, cats or another type entirely, is common. Cigarettes can also contribute to the odour of leather furniture. There are many malefactors that, through no flaw in the furniture, can make leather smell worse.

And of course, mildew is one such malefactor. Water and drinks are common in any household, but it's not just spills that can cause problems. Rainy air from outside, or puddles from slush-covered boots in the home, can all contribute to humidity and to bacterial growth that not only makes your leather furniture smell worse, but that can pose a long-term health risk.

There are a few ways that you can effectively clean leather on your own. Funnily enough, water properly used (and preferably distilled) can be useful; when mixed with a water-based leather conditioner, it allows the conditioner itself to last longer (and may be required). Before cleaning, it is best to use a hand-held vacuum to clear away detritus, and after cleaning, one should thoroughly dry the leather with a soft cloth.

This can be difficult, however, and a mildew infestation is sometimes too difficult for a leather owner to treat themselves. For best results, it is always appropriate to rely on professional leather cleaning services.
 

Sources:
 
How to Get a Bad Smell Out of Leather Furniture, SFGate
How to Clean Leather Furniture, HowtoCleanstuff.net
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<![CDATA[Extending The Life of Your Leather Goods Through Leather Cleaning ]]>Mon, 28 Dec 2015 09:10:46 GMThttp://colourlock.weebly.com/colourlock-uk--ireland/extending-the-life-of-your-leather-goods-through-leather-cleaningThe largest threat to leather product is drying and losing condition. Taking good care of your leather and conditioning it as often as required will see your handbags, sofas and shoes last a lifetime. It is vital to take great care of your leather products. After all, they are not cheap to purchase, but given the right attention they can last a lifetime. If you don't protect and condition your leather, there are a world of issues that could arise like:
Cracking
Discolouration
Water Marks
Creases
Scuffing

Luckily a lot of these are rectifiable if caught early, but some could mean the end of your favourite leather shoes.

Choosing the correct and specific leather cleaning solution for the exact type of leather that you have is the only way to ensure a long and healthy life for your purchase. Generic cleaners and conditioners will not feed the material with the qualities that it needs, whereas a tailor made one will. A little bit of research on whether your leather is suede, aniline or porous will go a long way.

Storing your leather goods correctly is vital to elongating the life of the product. If you know that your winter leather boots are going to sit in the wardrobe for a few months, then conditioning them beforehand will stop them from drying out. If alongside this you place them in a cloth bag, one shoe per bag, it will experience less drying out than a plastic bag would cause.

Using aniline cream and a leather preserver on your sofa will reduce stain sensitivity, wear and discolouration meaning that your beautiful leather sofa will stay beautiful for many years to come.

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Extend The Life of Your Leather With These Quick And Easy Tips, WhoWhatWear.co.uk
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<![CDATA[ Do’s, Don’ts and Some of the Most Common Myths about Leather Cleaning ]]>Wed, 25 Nov 2015 01:57:27 GMThttp://colourlock.weebly.com/colourlock-uk--ireland/-dos-donts-and-some-of-the-most-common-myths-about-leather-cleaningLeather is a staple of most places. You do not have to look far in a home, office or even your car before you start to see leather products. These could be anything from your purse or wallet, to an exquisitely crafted shoe, to the interior of your car. Learn the do's, don'ts and common myths of leather cleaning and care, to ensure your leather products stay at their best.
How to clean your leather

When looking for a good cleaning product for your leather, look for one that doesn’t only clean dirt but can also take on small soiling spots and grease. These are not always cheap, but are a good investment. Always buy cleaning and conditioning products from a reputable dealer. Also, buy cleaning products that are specified for your type of leather.

What to avoid when cleaning your leather

One of the most common causes for leather to become dry, brittle and crinkly is speeding up the drying process when leather becomes wet. All too often people are tempted to put their favourite handbag, or pair of shoes next to the radiator or use a hairdryer to dry it out, They then put leather conditioner on but this will be ineffective as speedily drying leather has already altered its chemical composition.

Common myths

One of the most common myths about cleaning leather is that it requires conditioning after every use. This is not the case at all, leather conditioners are designed for occasional use only. Wherever possible try to avoid petroleum by-products, as these can damage your leather over time. There is no standard rule for when you should clean and condition your leather, but in hot, dry climates every 4-6 weeks is the recommended interval, with once or twice a year for cooler climates.

Sources:


5 Tips For Leather Care, Carryology

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<![CDATA[Leather Cleaning: Do’s and Don’ts When Cleaning Your Leather Goods ]]>Wed, 18 Nov 2015 03:46:43 GMThttp://colourlock.weebly.com/colourlock-uk--ireland/leather-cleaning-dos-and-donts-when-cleaning-your-leather-goodsTo a lot of us, it almost makes sense to do silly things to clean our purses. Almost, but not quite. Deep down, it's easy to see that using white erasers, hairspray and makeup remover to clean our purses is a bad, bad idea. One's best purse is a huge investment, and one that you might want to keep forever. It is important to be cautious as to what you use to clean your leather goods whether it’s a spilled drink or ink stais.
Makeup remover seems like it'd work for removing makeup stains. But it can damage the purse lining when used incorrectly. White erasers seem harmless, and we have plenty of them around but they tend to be harsh on leather.

Hairspray seems like a decent choice for leather cleaning. It's clean and easy on our hair, and more importantly, it is an everyday household item. The only problem is that a burst canister of hairspray will look just like an ink or food stain on your purse! Hairspray just isn't good for it, and can often cause more problems than solve them.

In the end, your best bet is to rely on cleaning professionals. You might only get one shot at cleaning your purse the right way, without inflicting even more damage upon it. Hairspray, makeup and erasers aren't proper purse cleaning tools. When cleaning your vogue leather purse, just leave it to the professionals who can do it right the first time. Not only does it save time and energy, it also saves your purse from further damage. With all that you will stand to save, professional cleaning just seems like the smarter choice.



Sources:
Are You Ruining Your ‘It’ Bag? 10 Genius Tricks to Keep it Clean, http://stylecaster.com/how-to-clean-a-designer-bag/
Use Hairspray to Remove Ink from Fabric in a Pinch, LifeHacker
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<![CDATA[Leather Cleaning Services can Protect Your Furniture from Water Damage]]>Wed, 28 Oct 2015 03:42:50 GMThttp://colourlock.weebly.com/colourlock-uk--ireland/leather-cleaning-services-can-protect-your-furniture-from-water-damage​After days of blissful sunshine, the folks in the U.K. and in Ireland have been greeted with days of rain. This means that homeowners are once again a risk of having their homes, including their leather furniture, sustain water damage. Aside from prolonged exposure to sunlight, subjecting your leather furniture to the rain can also cause it to dry out and be damaged.
Leather Damage from Water
 
Leather contains millions of microscopic fibres that are lubricated by natural oils. These natural oils, which are present while the animal is alive, are washed away and replaced with other oils during the tanning process. Once water penetrates the leather, it interacts with the aforementioned oils and brings the oils to the surface.
 
Gradually, these added oils evaporate, drying out the leather and weakening the bond between the microscopic fibres. Once these fibres completely weaken, the leather stiffens and cracks. Though applying oil into the leather returns the furniture’s suppleness, nothing can restore its strength.
 
First Aid against Water Damage
 
When faced with potential water damage, most homeowners are quick to bring the leather close to a source of heat so that it dries. Unfortunately, doing so only hastens the rate of evaporation, which, in turn, makes your leather furniture more likely to crack. Instead, keep your leather furniture in a cool and dry place, and rub a pH-balanced leather conditioner into its surface.
 
If you’re unsure what to do next, trust the leather cleaning professionals to deal with your leather furniture. After their work is done, you’ll see your leather furniture back to its original beauty.
 
 
Sources:
What Should You Do When Your Leather Furniture Gets Wet?, eHow
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<![CDATA[Myths and Facts about Leather: Cleaning, Durability, Comfort, and More]]>Wed, 14 Oct 2015 09:26:07 GMThttp://colourlock.weebly.com/colourlock-uk--ireland/myths-and-facts-about-leather-cleaning-durability-comfort-and-moreWhen selecting furniture, some consumers hesitate about getting leather varieties. This is mainly due to misconceptions that have been thrown around regarding different furniture materials. To help clear that, here are some myths about leather furniture and the facts to correct them.

Myth 1: Leather is not too durable.

Fact: Durability is actually one of leather’s strong suits. For example, experts estimate that a leather sofa lasts about four times longer than one made of fabric. Leather is made of natural products and the site Home Interiors points out that natural items grows with time in terms of elegance and sturdiness.

Myth 2: Leather is easily damaged by children and pets.

Fact: Leather is actually highly resistant to nicks and knocks. The furniture won’t be torn unless the child deliberately causes damage to it or the pet treats it like an adversary, which is the same for any furniture material.

Myth 3: Leather is uncomfortable during weather extremes.

Fact: Many people think that leather is totally uncomfortable – too cold during winter and too hot in the summer. In truth, that only applies to leather car seats. In the case of home furniture, leather is not uncomfortable. It actually adjusts according to the body heat of the person sitting on it. It’s a breathable item so it can give warmth during winter and remains cool during summer.

Myth 4: Leather requires a lot of effort to maintain.

Fact: For the most part, leather is actually easy to maintain. Regular dusting and conditioning twice a year are pretty much all that’s needed. Spills need to be blotted immediately. When facing more serious leather cleaning tasks, such as discolouration, you may want to turn to the help of cleaning and restoration experts like ColourLock UK & Ireland.

Sources:
(5 Myths and Facts about Leather furniture, Home Interiors)

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