Leather cleaning Doncaster by Proclean “The need to feed” Leather furniture is no longer the sole domain of the gentleman’s club, indeed leather furniture is now relatively common place. The purchase price of a leather 3 piece suite in real terms has fallen considerably. Leather furniture represents true value for money because its price in real terms has fallen and it is still amazingly durable. With a little care and attention it will look fantastic and last for years. The two key elements to leather cleaning Doncaster, in fact leather cleaning anywhere, are the cleaning process and the feeding process. In order to select the optimum approach for your leather cleaning needs you need to know about the leather your furniture is covered in and have an insight into the leather production process (outlined below). Having said that, leather cleaning Doncaster, carried out by Proclean, takes all this into account and gives your leather furnishings the gentle cleaning and feed it needs. Your investment will be protected and look its best for a long, long time. Below is an insight into the processes that go into producing the leather for your leather upholstery. After the leather has been produced and incorporated into your furniture, it will look beautiful as it is a natural timeless material. It does however need aftercare. It needs to be cleaned and most importantly it needs to be fed. Feeding replaces the oils that are lost over time from the surface of the leather. Replacing these oils keeps the leather supple and looking it very best. For all your leather cleaning Doncaster needs contact Proclean. We will gently but effectively clean your leather upholstery and feed with just the right balance of nutrients to keep your upholstery in tip top condition. Leather production The leather making process is very complex, an art and a science. Essentially it is split into 4 key steps. These steps are: preparation, then tanning followed by crusting and finally surface coating. Some of the steps can be omitted to make certain leathers types such as partially tanned or untanned leathers Preparation This is when the hide/skin is prepared for tanning. The unwanted raw skin sections are removed. There are several stages involved in the hide pretreatment these include preservation, soaking and de-hairing - as many as 14 stages are involved in the preparation stage. Tanning Tanning is the process that changes the protein in the raw hide into a stable material which will not decay. This material is suitable for many leather applications. The key changes are that a raw hide will dry out to form a hard stiff material that will decay if it gets wet. To a tanned material which is flexible with no decay when wet. There are many different tanning methods that can be used. The most commonly used tanning material is chromium, which will produce pale blue leather, once tanned, this product is commonly called “wet blue”. Following the pickling stage of tanning a hide will typically have pH of 2.8-3.2. Now the hides are loaded in a drum and immersed in a float containing the tanning liquor. The hides are left to soak in the rotating drum of tanning liquor which penetrates through the hide. Once an even degree of penetration is reached, the pH of the float is slowly raised in a process called basification which fixes the tanning material to the leather. The pH of the leather when chrome tanned would typically finish between 3.8-4.2. Crusting Crusting is the process during which the hide/skin is thinned, re-tanned and lubricated. The coloring of the leather also often happens at this stage. The chemicals added at this stage have to be fixed in
place. Then come the drying and softening operations as a final part of the crusting process. Crusting can involve 17 different stages. Finishing For some leathers a surface coating is applied. Tanners refer to this as finishing. Finishing operations may include: Oiling, brushing, buffing, glazing - as many as 14 different types of surface finish coatings When it comes to Leather cleaning Doncaster Proclean will treat leather furniture to the best clean and feed it has ever had.