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Cleaning white leather

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 16:29:34 Europe/London

Cleaning white leather furniture

White leather furniture may look stunning but the big question is how to keep it clean and pristine. Stories of nearly new Tesla's with white leather (or vegan leather – polite word for fake leather) seats that have dye transfer from jeans are common.

The same goes for faux leather – in fact any upholstery in white. The easiest way to avoid dirt, stains and dye transfer from clothes is not to sit on the furniture. Of course, that’s totally impractical.

An added problem with white leather is that it can develop a yellowish hue as it ages. This is part of the natural oxidation process. While you can’t stop it happening completely, it is possible to slow down the process with careful cleaning and care.

Avoid bleach and harsh chemicals

Use a dry microfibre cloth to remove smudges and light soiling and always wipe up spills immediately to minimize stains. If your white leather couch needs a deeper clean, whatever you do, DON’T be tempted to use bleach. The same goes for cleaners containing harsh chemicals as they can damage the leather and promote yellowing, which is what you want to avoid.

So what should you use? First, check the label and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Our COLOURLOCK Leather Shield Cleaning and Conditioning Kit has everything you need to clean and protect your furniture leather. Apply the cleaner to the sponge and then rub the leather surface gently. Remove any residue with a damp cloth.

Once the leather is dry, apply the COLOURLOCK Leather Shield to protect it against further soiling and discolouration from clothing, especially denim aand jeans. This also helps to prevent oxidation.

 

Cleaning faux leather

Restoring your white faux leather couch to its dazzling glory sounds like it should be an easier task than with the real thing. Well, yes and no. While fake leather can withstand harsher cleaners, we wouldn’t recommend it. It’s far better to be safe than sorry – there’s always the danger of damaging the material.

The COLOURLOCK Vinyl Kit is ideal for faux leather and plastic surfaces. As with the leather cleaner, you just need to apply with a sponge, allow to dry and then add the protector to guard against soiling and brittleness.

 

If you’re not sure…

You may want to consult a professional cleaner. Our experts would be happy to offer advise

We also stock a range of products that are ideal for cleaning and protecting white leather and faux leather furniture:

COLOURLOCK Mild Leather Cleaner for cleaning visible dirt and stains

COLOURLOCK Strong Leather Cleaner for cleaning heavier dirt and denim stains

COLOURLOCK Leather Cleaning Brush – handy tool to remove dirt stuck in the grain.

COLOURLOCK Leather Protector to maintain softness and flexibility of pigmented leather. (Not suitable for Faux leather)

COLOURLOCK Leather Shield to prevent dye migration and friction damage

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SEMA Show - Hot ticket for the automotive after trade

Tuesday, 2 October 2018 13:06:40 Europe/London

They say everything is bigger in America and it’s no surprise that the country hosts the world’s largest automotive trade show – SEMA.

This annual event brings together the industry’s brightest minds, the hottest cars and the best and newest products at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The four-day show, which runs from October 30-November 2 this year, attracts more than 2,400 exhibitors and over 70,000 buyers from around the globe.

                        SEMA

SEMA (Speciality Equipment Market Association) is the only trade event that covers every segment of the automotive industry. It includes educational seminars, a wide range of special events and product demonstrations.

After the fantastic experience we had last year, the Colourlock team are eager to head Stateside to show off our range of care and repair products to such a wide audience.

 

Leather repair courses for detailers

 

We will also be inviting detailers who are interested in learning more about the care and repair of car leather to train with us. Initially the plan is for two, two-day training courses in the US in February 2019 (dates to be confirmed). Our experts will share their knowledge on how to keep car interiors in tip-top condition.

The locations for the courses are yet to be finalised but, ideally, one on the east coast and one on the west. 

Are you a detailer looking to add new services to your existing customers?

Are you an automotive trade professional wanting to learn how to repair leather?

 

If so, head to our website www.colourlock.com/professionals and open a trade account so you have access to our discounted prices. Also, be sure to drop us a line either by leaving a comment or replying to us and register your interest. 

Our entire range of automotive leather repair, cleaning and care products will be on display at SEMA. If you plan to visit, drop by, watch a demo or two of our products in action and learn more about what we do. We look forward to seeing you all there.

 

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Goodwood Revival - Motor racing gold

Tuesday, 25 September 2018 13:15:25 Europe/London

Goodwood Revival 20th anniversary is motor racing gold

For classic car enthusiasts and vintage clothing lovers, stepping back in time for the annual Goodwood Revival is a must.

This year the event marked its 20th anniversary and 146,000 people attended over the three days to make it a roaring success. Everyone showed up in retro clothing, partying like it was 1948, 1966 or any of the years between – the period that the Goodwood Revival celebrates.

Around 400 classic cars and motorbikes – modern cars are not allowed on the circuit – competed in 15 races, travelling from five continents. According to the event’s website, 2,500 hula hoops, 500 yo-yos and 500 Slinkys were given away to guests who also consumed 16,500 burgers and 20,000 sausages.

Goodwood revival 2018

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Of course, it’s the rare and priceless cars that people turn up to see. The Goodwood Revival is one of the world’s biggest historic motor sports events and attracts top historic motor racing talent.

Once again, the Colourlock team raided the dressing up box to man a stand at the event. We seem to be getting quite a name among classic car owners, many of whom told us they had used our products and were pleased with the results. We were also on hand to give advice about looking after leather interiors.

Leather features highly in most classic cars and it needs to be kept supple with specialist cleaners and preservers to prevent it from drying out and cracking. We always recommend that looking after leather seating, steering wheels and other interior features should be an important part of classic car maintenance, as well as the engine and bodywork.

This way classic cars will be gracing the Goodwood Revival for many years to come.

These are the products for keeping car leather in top condition:

COLOURLOCK Strong Leather Cleaner for barn finds and heavily soiled leather

COLOURLOCK Elephant Leather Preserver to keep the leather soft

COLOURLOCK Leather Softener to restore the suppleness of dry leather

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