At my upholstery shop, we try to recycle as much as possible — mostly glass and plastic. I'd like to recycle fabric scraps too, but don't know any companies that would take such waste. … [Read more...] about Can I Recycle or Compost Leather Scraps?
When it comes to steaming leather seat covers to get rid of wrinkles, auto trimmers are divided. Opinions range from "I steam the heck out of every cover I make" to "I would never steam any leather cover." … [Read more...] about Is It Safe to Steam Leather Seat Covers?
Do you have any tips on how to revive leather hides that were stored incorrectly? I recently received some leather hides that were folded over on themselves and now they have creases. Are theses creases permanent? Is there anything I can do to get them out? – William Duffy of Medford Upholstery in Patchogue, New York. Hi William, Thank you for a great question. It all depends … [Read more...] about How do I Remove Creases from Leather?
What's the difference between suede and the flesh (fuzzy) side of a leather hide? Is it possible to use the flesh side as the finished side when covering an interior panel or even a seat? Or is it better to use actual suede? I have free rein to trim the interior of a 1994 Nissan 300ZX any way I like. The door panels and console were originally partially covered in an … [Read more...] about Is the Back of Leather the Same as Suede?
Aaron, I would appreciate your advice on the temperature most suitable to store automotive leather hides. I live in the tropics and temperatures are mostly in the high 80s and 90s. What advice can you share for how I should store my hides in order to preserve their quality over time? Would an air-conditioned room be advisable or would that affect the hides by drying them … [Read more...] about Is Hot Temperature Bad for Storing Leather?