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Tuesday, December 31 2013

Why is my leather peeling?

We get asked this question about leather peeling all the time.   Real Leather is an actual animal skin not a synthetic material it requires maintenance to keep it soft, pliable and moist to prevent the various stages of dryness which in turn causes the leather to become increasingly brittle and eventually to the point of peeling.

Can the leather be saved at this point?

The leather can be re surfaced with compounds, sanding, re dying and top coated with the appropriate sheen.

What is the cost of this process?

This particular process is time consuming and expensive.  It is cheaper to have the item re upholstered.  The only draw back is the new leather will be a much brighter piece than the existing leather due to fading from light.

What could I have done to prevent this from happening?

As we stated earlier maintenance is the key.  Lanolin which is a key component in the leather tannery process is essential to sustaining the moisture required to prevent cracking and peeling.  When you start to see the leather showing creases it is becoming dry and needs to be conditioned.

How often should I condition the leather?

There are a number of factors to consider when determining how often.
The type of heat your home has, is it a dry heat such as a heat pump or gas heat?  Is it oil heat?  The drier the heat the quicker the leather will dry out.
Your clothes!  How often the furniture is used will also dictate how often you should condition.  Your clothes actually absorb moisture from the leather. A general rule of thumb would be every 2 months in the Winter and every 3-4 months in the Summer.  Summer air has a greater amount of moisture even with air conditioning.

Furniture-EMT Maryland offers an in home service to professionally clean and condition your leather to keep it beautiful for years to come.
Call Furniture-EMT Maryland today to schedule an in home evaluation of your leather furniture by one of our professional technicians.

Posted by: Tony Varvaro AT 03:42 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, December 31 2013

Why is my sofa seat dipping?

At Furniture-EMT Virginia we perform many repairs to furniture frames.  There are a number of reasons why frame damage occurs to sofas, love seats, chaise loungers and lounge chairs.  One of the biggest reasons are knots in the support boards and spring rails.  Yes that is correct "knots", many manufacturers do not discard a board because it has a knot in it, they install the board anyway whether it is a major support board or simply a contour brace.  Over time from dryness and stress these knots will separate from the surrounding wood causing the board to become weak, bowed, warped and eventually split or break.  If this is a major frame support board then you will experience dipping in the seat area, a gap in the rear of the seats, springs detach can cause a host of other problems are associated with this type of damage.

Can this be repaired?

Yes,  the technicians at Furniture-EMT Virginia are field trained to diagnose the exact cause and repair the affected area to include replacement of these damaged boards.

What is the cost of this service?

The service fee is dependent upon what board is damaged and where.  A spring rail board for example is more time consuming due to having to remove all of the seat springs, spring clips, support wires and retaining clips, the removal of the board and the reassembly of these parts.
A less expensive and time consuming board would be a vertical back brace. This would require a partial fabric removal and the board itself.

Will my sofa be the same as new?

Yes it will, the technicians at Furniture-EMT Virginia will perform this service with a higher standard than the industry itself.  The replacement boards we use do not have any knots and are solid oak pieces to ensure the repair will out last the surrounding factory installed boards.

Call Furniture-EMT Virginia today for a professional evaluation and solution to your furniture needs.

Posted by: Tony Varvaro AT 03:27 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, December 04 2013

Why is my recliner stuck in the reclined position?

There are many different types of reclining mechanisms in the furniture industry.
Some of these reclining mechanisms utilize a lock plate that looks like a small bicycle chain sprocket.  It has three teeth, generally for three different levels of reclining positions. It is attached to the drive rod through small pins and springs.  The drive rod is attached to the reclining handle on the side of the recliner.  We will discuss this particular type.

What happens to this lock plate assembly that causes it to stick?

Over the years, we have found that with constant use, the lock plate develops small burrs that actually cause the pins that roll over the teeth from one position to the next to get stuck.  The pins remain in that position leaving you with a reclined chair you have to literally climb over the side to get out of.  Simple enough unless you are an elderly individual or have some sort of medical issue.

What can I do to return the chair to the normal sitting position?

Position the chair on its back, hold the foot rest with one hand and with your other hand gently pull the pin on the lock plate towards you far enough past the teeth to allow the foot rest to fully close.

What can I do to correct this issue from happening again?

Providing the lock plate is not worn to the extent of requiring replacement you can file down these burrs with a rat tail round file.  The key is not to create a dip by filing too much, if this happens you are back to square one with a useless recliner.  If you do not wish to engage in this self repair, we recommend you contact a professional furniture repair service such as Furniture-EMT Maryland to correctly evaluate and inspect the mechanism to provide the proper service to have you back to relaxing in your recliner.

Posted by: ernest Varvaro AT 06:04 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email

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