Leather stain crisis averted!

Posted by Rita Johnson on April 17, 2012 1 Comment

One of the things I enjoy most about what I do is finding our clients those unique, well-made pieces that they will love for years to come. As many of you know though, the perfect item sometimes come with a pricetag and maintenance regimen to match! We recently experienced this when a client ended up with an oil stain on her fabulous leather sofas. Now, these aren’t just any sofas. These sofas are made from the softest leather dyed in a lovely mauve. These sofas are so beautiful, you almost are unsure if you should sit on them or just sit beside them on the floor and admire them.

So, you can imagine that our client was less than thrilled when she found the stain, and enlisted our help to get rid of it.

We first contacted a company that specialized in this type of cleanup. A no-brainer, right? They came out and assessed the damage, and got to work to try and remove it. Before they left, they sprayed a curious white substance on the stain and told us to let it sit overnight and then wipe it off. The next day we returned to finish the cleanup and claim victory over the evil stain! I am not sure if you can imagine the suspense of wiping off the cleaning solution to hopefully see the sofa looking as good as new (and also avoiding the beginning of a potential sofa repair nightmare)…but to our horror, when we wiped it clean the stain was still there!

So, we moved on to plan B. We contacted the manufacturer to see if there was anything they could do. Aside from replacing the sofa (at our expense of course) they were only able to provide us with a swatch of leather to replace the damaged section. We contacted local upholsterers, and our nightmare grew when we found out that the sofa would have to be removed, disassembled, and put back together in order to replace the square! The cost would be high, and the repair would take weeks. Yikes!

At this point some members of the team (who will remain nameless) started a campaign for the “put-a-pillow-on-it” solution, but luckily better judgment won out. It was at this same breaking point that J concocted a brilliant scheme: paint! Now, usually we would shudder to think of high-end leather furniture and wet paint in the same room, but we were at the end of our ropes. Since our only other option was to completely take the sofa apart, we figured, what’s the worst that could happen?

We took the leather swatch to our local Sherwin Williams and they used their nifty Sher-Color system to match the color of our swatch in a matte acrylic indoor paint. We got a few additional colors (slightly lighter and slightly darker just in case). Now, here’s the important part; J tested all three paint colors on the leather swatch to make sure it would match and that the texture was ok. (If you ever decide to do this, do not skip this step!) After passing the swatch around, we all agreed that the paint was virtually undetectable!

Carefully we painted the problem area of the sofa.

Since the sofa is composed of leather squares, we decided it would look better to paint the entire square and not just the oil stain. And here’s the end result! A sofa that looks as good as new (at least to the untrained eye).


Can you even tell which square we painted?

In the end, we were able to avoid this potential design catastrophe by thinking creatively. And even better, we saved our client big bucks in repair costs (and she didn’t have to go a day without her lovely sofas)!

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Posted by Juju on April 22, 2012

i need help decorating a one bed apt ..any tips will be greatly appreciated!

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