the furniture you need when you buy a home

Furniture can be a very big investment when buying a home. What furniture do you really need to live comfortably in your new home? Are there some things that you can live without for a while until you are settled in and get what you really need? Working as a real estate agent for the past twenty years, I have helped a lot of families get settled into their new places. This blog will show you what you probably want to have when you first move into a house and what you can live without for a few months as you get settled in.

How To Fix Holes In Leather Couches

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Genuine leather couches are elegant and an expensive investment, and you don't want to see a hole or puncture in them. They often get damaged by sharp objects, from dropped knives to pet claws. If you find a hole, you don't have to replace the couch or even hire professional repair services, you can fix the furniture upholstery yourself. Fix the hole in your leather couch by following these tips.

Prepare to Fix the Hole

To fix the hole gather:

  • cloths 
  • mild soap, rubbing alcohol, or white vinegar
  • toothpick
  • spatula
  • scissors
  • hair dryer
  • artist's brush
  • transparent paper
  • leather repair kit 
  • scrap leather

Measure the diameter of the hole. Holes less than one-fourth inches don't commonly need a patch. To fix larger holes, find leather fabric in a close color, or snip a piece from a hidden area of the sofa, such as behind the couch or a cushion.

Clean the surface with a cloth and dish soap or leather cleaner. Rinse, and then let it dry. You may also use rubbing alcohol or white vinegar to clean extra greasy spots. 

Apply Leather Filler to Small Holes

Trim frayed edges using scissors or a craft knife. Examine the hole for lifted edges, and press them down with a toothpick. If there's a flap, you may be able to fix it by dabbing glue under the flap and pressing it down on the hole.

Leather repair kits commonly have liquid adhesive, grain paper, vials, a heating tool, and a colorant compound. Mix the colorant in the provided vials, and test the color match on a hidden area. Let the colorant dry completely. Use the artist's brush to apply the filler in the hole, and run a spatula over it to smooth. 

Fix a Large Hole

To fix a large hole, find a grain paper with a pattern to closely match the texture of the couch. The grain paper makes an impression on the couch using liquid adhesive.

Trim frayed edges, and press the grain paper into the hole to trace the shape. Cut out this shape, and cut a scrap piece of leather one-half inches wider than the grain paper.

Mix the colorant from the kit, and brush it over the hole, using the spatula to smooth it. Cover the hole with the grain paper, and dab adhesive around the edges. 

Press it gently, then use the heating tool or a hair dryer on a low setting for thirty seconds to warm the patch. After the paper cools, clean the leather again. Apply leather conditioner to the surface, and let it dry.

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30 December 2017