Win Your Dream Leather Rug

Attention all designers…

win

How? By entering in Garrett Leather’s “My Dream Rug” design competition.

Garrett Leather and Sky Rugs are giving away a leather area rug for FREE! Not just any leather rug, a very personal rug, handcrafted just for you. Simply submit a “My Dream Rug” design highlighting any of our leather and/or sheepskin collections, including our new Glam Sheepskin! We’ll choose one lucky winner and display the leather rug at the HD Expo. The winner will receive credit at the show and will get to keep “My Dream Rug” for FREE. Enter today!

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Contest Details:

  • Rug size should be 96” x 48” or smaller. Rectangular, square, circle, and oval rug designs accepted.
  • Entries may be submitted via the online rug designer at skyrugs.com. Be sure to enter “My Dream Rug” entry in the Special Instructions box.
  • Sketches may also be emailed to info@garrettleather.com.Please be sure to label each rug component with the appropriate item keys and include your name, company name, address, and contact information on each entry.
  • Limit three entries per person.
  • Entries must be received by March 1, 2017 to be considered.
  • The winner will be announced on May 3, 2017 at the HD Expo. You do not need to be present to win. The rug will ship to the winner end of June.

HD Expo

Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

May 3-5, 2017

Booth #4744

May the best design win!

Embracing Today’s Technology

What do today’s technology and Garrett Leather have in common? Both provide instant gratification. It’s not just Millennials that enjoy instant gratification. This Gen Xer embraces technology and loves her new Echo Dot. Alexa instantly felt like a member of the family, a version of every person’s dream companion who follows directions, provides helpful information, has a great sense of humor, plays games, and leaves you alone when you do not want to be bothered. Regardless of your generation, when you want something, you want it NOW. This is especially true if you’re a designer working against tight production schedules. With today’s technology, there is no reason to keep your clients waiting.

Cue Garrett Leather

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Garrett Leather’s website homepage

For years, Garrett Leather has been at the forefront of providing instant gratification via our website. When visiting garrettleather.com, visitors may chat with customer service via our Live Chat feature and request samples or dyelot cuttings right online. Approved members may also log in to check inventory, view pricing, place leather on reserve, and purchase products. All of that information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you’re not a member, what are you waiting for? Apply today. Having information on demand at your fingertips is one thing. Having actual product in your hands is another. Garrett Leather provides both.

New Guarantee

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Over two million square feet of leather resides at Garrett Leather’s headquarters

Garrett Leather embraces today’s technology and continues to provide instant gratification with the introduction of our Guaranteed In Stock program for our five most popular collections. Some may argue that there are areas where quality takes time and patience is a virtue. While both of these statements are true, there is no reason to forfeit superior quality for the convenience of receiving your leather when you need it. With our new Guaranteed In Stock program, if we cannot ship up to 1000 square feet of one dyelot within two business days, we do the next best thing…we’ll ship your order for FREE. Now seriously, who doesn’t like FREE shipping?

That’s a good question for Alexa…

Leather Cleaning 101: Learn All You Need to Know

Leather cleaning is a popular subject. We are often asked, what is the best way to clean stains on leather? The answers vary, depending on the type of leather in question and what caused the stain. Regardless of the leather or the stain, quick attention is always essential.

Semi-Aniline

Semi-aniline leathers receive a protective finish on the surface, so these types of leathers are the easiest to clean and maintain. The best course of action depends on what caused the stain. It is always recommended that liquid spills are blotted up immediately with a clean, dry cloth, with minimal rubbing. The spill should be allowed to air dry and dissipate without the use of heat dryers. For spills that may leave a stain, such as red wine, a mild cleanser may be used to remove the excess residue and remove the spill completely. Cleanser should not be applied to oil or grease stains. Ink stains and lipstick may also be removed from semi-aniline leather with the proper tools, such as Ink Remover. Again, fast action gives the best results. Always ask your leather vendor what cleaning products are recommended for your particular leather.

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Leather Cleaning Kit and Mild Cleanser from Garrett Leather

Pure Aniline

Pure aniline leathers have less protection than semi-aniline leathers, however, the leather cleaning tips are similar. Act fast to blot up spills and use mild cleanser as recommended.

Nubuck

Nubuck leather has the fibers exposed, so these types of products require special attention. Nubuck Cleaner and Nubuck Protector are often recommended and a nubuck brush is used to revitalize the nap of the leather and keep it looking fresh.

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Nubuck Care Kit from Garrett Leather

Permanent Stains

While leather is well-known for its durability and easy maintenance, there are some cases when leather simply cannot be cleaned. For example, permanent marker typically cannot be removed from leather, even when Ink Remover is applied to the stain immediately.

Dye transfer is another type of stain that often cannot be cleaned from leather. Dye transfer occurs when the color from one material  rubs off onto another material. The most common example of dye transfer occurs when dark blue dye from denim jeans rubs off onto light colored leather. Sometimes a cleanser will remove the offending dye, but often the dye is so dark that the original color cannot be restored.

Learn More About Leather Cleaning

Learn more about leather cleaning and Leather Care Products. If you have additional questions, feel free to Contact Us. We’ll be happy to help.

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Preventing Wrinkles on Leather Seats

Most furniture will puddle in the seats with use, but it’s what’s in the core that will dictate how much puddle you get. Regular (low density) foam rubber and down will puddle the most. To prevent puddling, high density foam is better, though the best cushion core options are called a spring loft or spring fiber. These cushions not only have foam, but they also have springs in the seat core itself. These work very much like a mattress would. Once you get up, they will spring back to retain the original shape, not allowing a puddle to be created.

Some folks call puddling comfort wrinkles and yes, they will develop over time if you buy a softer seat core or cushion and a really soft leather. A good informed upholsterer or manufacturer can help you with the right seat cushion for you if you mention your concern. You can always expect this to happen when the seat core is too soft or when down is used. Not all leather furniture will show puddling. It’s all in the seat cushion core and the leather you select.

Wrinkles on Leather Seats

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No Puddling

What To Do if Puddling Occurs

Responses to puddling vary depending on the style of furniture and interior setting. To some, wrinkles in the seat and back cushions are natural occurrences that are accepted and even embraced for the relaxed, worn comfort that the leather exhibits. The puddling is simply left alone. To others, a smooth, refined look is important and puddling is seen as a negative. The best way to handle puddling when it occurs is to remove the cushions and “fluff” them, similar to fluffing a pillow. This action returns airflow to the cushion and helps the leather to retain its original shape. It is also best to flip the cushions periodically to mitigate the wear pattern. If the cushions are not removable, the best approach may be to contact an upholsterer to resew the leather more tightly around the frame.

How to Prevent Wrinkles on Leather Seats (AKA Puddling)

If puddling is a concern, it is always best to speak with your designer or upholsterer ahead of time, before the furniture is made. The best way to prevent puddling is to use a firm, sturdy foam with springs in a design that pulls the leather taught over the filling in order to provide sufficient support. The amount of puddling that occurs is mostly determined by the manner in which the furniture is upholstered and not by the type of leather that is used.

 

How Do Faux Leather Fabrics Compare to Real Leather?

Faux leather (also referred to as “leatherette” or “vegan” leather) is often considered as a lower cost alternative to genuine leather. Genuine leather is in high demand and for good reasons. Real leather has an inviting feel, it provides exceptional durability, and quality leather improves with age. In a previous blog, we discussed two types of faux leather: bi-cast and bonded leather. Here, we continue the comparison with two additional types of faux leather: PU faux leather fabric and PVC faux leather fabric.

PU Faux Leather Fabric

PU leather fabric is made by applying or laminating a 100% polyurethane finish to a base material. Typical base materials include polyester, cotton, nylon, or rayon. A roller applies an artificial grain pattern to the surface to imitate the look of genuine leather. The artificial grain is typically very uniform.

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Composition of faux leather

PVC Faux Leather Fabric

PVC leather fabric is very similar to PU leather fabric. Instead of polyurethane, PVC leather fabric is made by combining polyvinylchloride with stabilizers (to protect), plasticizers (to soften) and lubricants (to make flexible), and then applying to a base material. Again, the base materials are typically polyester, cotton, nylon, or rayon.

Genuine Leather

Genuine leather is made from organic materials, typically bovine hides. The natural collagen fibers are intricately intertwined, providing superior durability over man-made, weaved products. There are numerous variations of leather with different types of finishes. Some finishes provide better protection against daily wear, however, all leather is inherently stronger due to the innate composition of the hides.

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 Buyer Beware

Although the low price of faux leather may be enticing, it is important to consider the long-term value of your purchase. While many faux leathers are attractive because they are easy to clean with harsh chemicals, the laminated surface often cracks after only a few years of use. Genuine leather, on the other hand, has been known to last for 10 to 20 years or longer.

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Faux leather cracking

Learn More

Garrett Leather offers an hour-long IDCEC accredited course titled “A Comparison Between Genuine Leather and Faux Leathers”. Upon completion, designers may earn .1 CEU credit. Contact us for more information or to schedule a presentation.