How To Maintain Leather Furniture
What better way to make your house feel like a home than with the addition of a few great pieces of leather furniture? It can definitely be an investment, but if taken care of properly, leather furniture can last for years.
We, at Leather Care Supply have put together a few pieces of advice on how to maintain your leather furniture. If you follow the tips and tricks listed below, your furniture is guaranteed to look like it was just brought home from the store
What You Should Be Doing
Cleaning and Conditioning
Similar to hair, leather needs be cleaned and conditioned in order to look its best.
Over time, leather furniture accumulates body oils, perspiration, dirt, and more. Even if you can't see impurities on your furniture, you can bet its there.
The best thing you can do to rid your furniture or dirt, grime, and stains is to clean and condition it weekly. We have a variety of leather furniture conditioners and cleansers to choose from at Leather Care Supply, our most popular being the Apple Brand Leather Care Kit.This kit will supply you with a cleaner, conditioner, and cleaning cloth that is easy to use and made for all types of leather. First, use the cleaner to wipe away all the unwanted dirt and stains. Once dry, finish with the conditioner to give your upholstery a look of rejuvenation.
Cover It Up
If you’re not a fan of cleaning and conditioning your leather furniture or simply don’t have enough time in the day, consider covering your upholstery with a sheet.
When you are not using your furniture, keeping it covered is the best way to protect it from collecting dirt and dust. A lightweight sheet can also preserve the original color of your furniture by shielding it from the sunlight. As beautiful and aesthetically pleasing as it is to have a room that is lit perfectly by the sun, its effects can also be damaging to your leather furniture by drying and fading it out.
During your weekly cleaning, give your furniture a once over with a dust rag. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, pull out the vacuum and work in between and under the cushions to get rid of any hidden crumbs or dirt and dust particles.
Don't Do This
The worst thing you can do to your leather furniture is neglect. If you don’t properly care for your leather furniture, it will not last half as long as it would if you maintained it regularly.
Forget To CheckYou should never forget to conduct a spot check before using a new cleaning product on your leather upholstery.
If you forget to check, you are risking the chance of further staining your leather. To avoid discoloring your furniture, test out the new product on an area of the leather that is easily hidden from plain sight, like the back bottom corner. Let the product settle for a few minutes and check to see if it had any negative effects on the leather.
Let Stains Settle
If you accidently spill any liquids on the upholstery, clean it up immediately. Simply use a damp cloth to blot away the stain.
Unfortunately, a wet cloth won’t fix a grease or oil stain. We recommend using Saphir Reno Mat Leather Cleaner and Stain Remover for any tough stains.
If you follow these simple rules, your leather furniture will last you a long time. We, at Leather Care Supply, have all the products you need to keep your furniture looking its best.
- Lyubov Izotova
Diabetic Foot Care Tips For The Winter
Winter is a cold merciless season that forces us to turn up the heat, pull out the blankets in an attempt to keep all the warmth from getting sucked out of our bodies. For those who live with Diabetes, it is the most dreaded season of them all.
Numbness and decreased circulation throughout the body is a common and dangerous side effect of winter’s frigid temperatures. In diabetic patients, this side effect is even more severe and leads to a higher risk of ending up in the hospital with foot ulcers or infections. With winter rearing its ugly head, it is time to take the appropriate steps towards proper diabetic foot care. Follow these tips to keep your feet healthy and infection free this season.
Inspect Your Feet Daily
Doctors advise patients with diabetes to give their feet a once-over every single day. But what are you looking for?
Scan over your feet for any changes in color, breaks in the skin, and calluses. Your first sign of infection will be any discharge and changes in odor. Once you’ve given your feet a good and thorough inspection, take out any old socks you’ve worn and look for any stains. If you notice any differences in your feet, the first person you should call is your doctor.
Wear The Right Shoes
Proper diabetic foot care starts with the shoes you put on your feet.
When preparing for the winter, be sure to buy winter boots or shoes that give you all around coverage. These shoes/boots should provide your feet with warmth, protection from water and snow, and have enough padding and room to keep your feet comfortable. Once you’ve found the perfect boots for the winter, wear wool socks to keep your feet warm.
Even though snow boot and shoes are made to withstand the elements of winter, it is advised to steer clear of excessive amounts of puddles formed by melting snow. No matter how high-quality of a boot you have, you are still risking the chance of getting damp feet. If this happens, change out of your wet socks as soon as possible and examine your feet for any discoloration. The last thing you want is for bacteria to fester.
Moisturize and Massage Your Feet
Anyone living with diabetes knows that their damaged nerves can lead to poor circulation. But did you know that poor circulation can lead to the deficiency of your moisturizing glands located in your feet? Due to this, your feet have a harder time of staying hydrated and are more likely to develop dry, red skin which can lead to skin breakage and ultimately an infection.
After each shower, break out your favorite moisturizer and give your feet a mini-massage. Be sure to moisturize every day and thoroughly rub all the lotion in. By giving yourself a mini-massage, you are helping stimulate better blood flow in your feet.
While you’re at it, pull out the nail clippers and give your toenails a good trim. If you let your toenails grow too long, you risk getting an infection under the nail.
Avoid Any Extra Types of Warming
In the winter season, it is so easy to want to turn the water on steaming hot and soak your cold body in. But for diabetic patients, this is a big no-no. Due to nerve damage caused by diabetes, it is recommended that patients stay clear of any extra efforts to keep their feet warm. Electric blankets, hot foot soaks, heating pads or even sticking your feet by the fire is considered risky.
Monitor Blood Sugar Levels
Finally, the best way to take care of your diabetic foot problems is to carefully monitor and control your blood sugar levels. If you can keep your Diabetes under control, then managing your foot care needs will be even easier. Eat healthily, watch your weight and avoid smoking for an all-around better lifestyle.
Leather Care Supply Has Your Feet Covered
We carry a plethora of diabetic foot care products.
If you are looking for something to stimulate the circulation in your feet or something to help ease your soreness, you may want to try the Foot Rubz Foot Massager.
Another product great for stimulation circulation is Leather Care Supply’s Orthosleeve Compression Foot Sleeve. The compression sock is made to press the veins in your foot to promote better circulation.
Leather Care Supply also carries a selection of quality foot lotions, creams, washes, and soaking crystals that are beneficial for diabetic foot care needs. For more added comfort in your shoes, Leather Care Supply has an array of foot petals, arch supports, and insoles that fit comfortably in your shoes and are fit for any occasion.
- Lyubov Izotova
How To Care For Patent Leather Shoes
Leather vs Patent Leather
Leather is made from animal skin that has gone through the tanning process. The tanning process involves soaking the skin in an acidic solution that helps soften and preserve it at the same time. Depending on the purpose of the leather, it can be dyed during the tanning process to many different colors. Some popular leather colors are tan, brown, white, gray, and red. Most of the time, leather is created for different styles of clothing, shoes, purses, gloves, upholstery and even book bindings.
Patent leather, like standard leather, goes through the same tanning process as well. However, once the tanning process is complete and the leather is formed into a specific product, it is coated in either a plastic, varnish, or a lacquer finish that gives it a noticeable shine. Most of the time, patent leather has a smooth glossy finish, but it is also able to be embossed in different textures. Patent leather is most commonly used for belts, dress shoes and purses.
4 Simple Steps To Care For Patent Leather ShoesPatent leather cares differs a bit from standard leather.
If you have a pair of patent leather shoes that desperately need some TLC, here are four quick and easy steps you can follow for any of your patent leather care needs.
Use a damp cloth and carefully wipe away any dust or debris left lingering on your shoes. Cleaning away any dust or residue is important because it allows the cleanser (Step 2) to do its job properly
Step 2:Use a patent leather cleaner and apply a thick layer to your entire shoe. Try out Cadillac Boot & Shoe Leather, Patent & Vinyl Cleaner Protector for a cleanser that gives the patent leather a deep, smooth, and clean finish.
If your black shoes are scratched or scuffed, use Saphir Vernis Rife Cleanser. This cleanser cleanser is perfect for eliminating any scuff marks and restores color and shine for your black shoes. This cleanser is also available in a neutral tone and both are supplied with a chamois cloth for cleaning.
After applying the cleanser, allow it to dry for 3 to 5 minutes. A white film may become visible on your shoe but don't be alarmed, it’s all part of the process.
Last but not least, use the chamois and buff your shoe. By buffing it, you are cleaning all of the dried cleanser off and turning it into a high-gloss shine. There is no need to add any polish to your shoe once it has been buffed. If you add any polish, you are risking the chance of ruining the glossy film that was originally painted onto the shoe. Buffing the cleanser will add enough shine on its own.
Cleaning your patent leather shoes is as simple at that.
- Lyubov Izotova
How Footballs Are Made For The NFL
The art of football has been making history since its inauguration in 1920. The NFL was formally known as the American Professional Football Association before they changed their name in 1922. With the constant progression of the game in the following years, the NFL made the decision to join forces with the American Football League (AFL) in 1966
In January of 1967, America had the privilege to watch the very first Super Bowl. 51 years later and with 32 highly talented teams, the expansion of the NFL is clearly evident and the progression of American football is still continuous. But there is one thing that hasn’t changed since the time of the very first Super Bowl kick-off, and that’s its official football supplier.
A Small Business Transformed Into A National Supplier
If you’re a dedicated football fan, you probably know that Wilson Sporting Goods has been the national supplier of the NFL footballs since 1940.
What you may not be aware of is the partnership that was formed by the Horween Leather Co. with Wilson Sporting Goods to supply the leather that the NFL footballs consisted of.
A Quick History Lesson
Back in the 1930s, the Horween Leather Company was a family-run business located in Chicago that was well knnown for producing high quality leather, including Shell Cordovan. Shell Cordovan is a leather that is commonly used in the production of upscale shoes, gloves, and wallets.
One day, the Horween brothers came acquainted with George S. Halas, the owner of the Chicago Bears. In the same time period, Wilson Sporting Goods, who was also based in Chicago, began their production of hand-sewn footballs.
With the help of Halas, the owners of the NFL agreed to allow Wilson Sporting Goods to be their official football supplier in April of 1940. Though Wilson would be the supplier, Horween Leather Co. would produce their high-quality leather for the footballs that met the NFL’s strict requirements.
From The Factory To the FieldTo produce the perfect quality of leather for a football, The Horween’s had a specific process.
- First, the all hair was removed from the leather.
- Next the leather entered the tanning phase
- Once tanning was completed, the leather would be cut into the appropriate size.
- Then the leather would go through another tanning phase
- After final tanning, oils and waxes would be applied to the leather as a sealant.
- The leather is then stamped with the infamous pebble texture and sent off to the Wilson Sporting Goods' plant.
In only 3 days, the factory workers at Wilson will turn that leather into a ball perfect for gameday.
Leather Care Supply Has The Products To Keep Footballs In Top ShapeAt Leather Care Supply, we provide a multitude of products that will ensure your footballs stand the test time. We also carry quality leather shoe care products, leather dye, and a variety of foot care products.
- Lyubov Izotova
The Vacuum Cleaner Meets The Shoe
Someone woke up one day and had a brilliant idea: "Let's put a vacuum cleaner on the bottom of shoes, so you can clean as you step!"
This year, at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show that idea became a reality. Each year the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) provides consumers with the latest gadgets and gear. An open platform that encourages innovation, the event brings together the best and brightest in the technological community.
However, not all ideas that come out of CES are meant to be a success.
Enter Vacuum Cleaner Shoes
The shoes are a concept that was taken to full-completion by Denso, a Japan-based global auto parts supplier. Every year the company holds an employee competition for new inventions and ideas. Yearly, 12 finalists are chosen, with winners exhibiting at CES. This year the winning design was a pair of Elvis-inspired platform shoes that function as a mini-vacuum cleaner.
For When You Need To Walk and Clean
The shoes are meant to gather dust and other small crumbs as you walk. When your heel hits the ground, a lever turns a gear built into platform that generates electricity and starts the vacuum. The vacuum can then pick up small particles through the front of the shoe. Viralkick calls this prototype - which is not yet going into production - a “shoe-ver.” Their purpose is supposed to be dual function, allowing the individual to walk and vacuum at the same time.
However, arent you already walking when using a manual vacuum cleaner?
Its impracticability lies in the fact that the dirt resides in a small dust box no larger than a Tic Tac mint box. It’s not very good for larger cleanup jobs accordingly. USA Today reporter Jennifer Jolly comments that the “shoe-ver” is unlikely to replace her robot vacuum anytime soon. CNet.com found that “the concept sounds cool, but the shoes are impractical. They're very heavy and not the slightest bit attractive. Since you have to keep pumping your heel up and down to turn on the vacuum, you won’t be able to pick up as much dirt as you walk. Instead you’ll need to repeatedly step in one place and deliberately aim at the debris.
- Lyubov Izotova
Keeping Your Feet Healthy During The Winter
The Importance of Foot Health
Doctor Matthew Garoufalis a podiatrist and APMA past-president mentions that "each season presents unique challenges to foot health. Surveys and research tell us that foot health is intrinsic to overall health, so protecting feet all year long is vital to our overall well-being” (Source).
A common traditional saying in Greece goes something like this “it all starts with the feet.” And how true that is! Feet keep us grounded to the earth and act as a point of contact with the floor. We carry our weight on our feet - which is why exercise is recommended for overweight people; carrying all that weight around presents a challenge to our ankles, shins, and the cushions of our feet. We may carry the weight of the world on our shoulders, but that weight is carried on our feet.
We need to give ourselves every advantage.
Winter is Here
Foot health and foot hygiene becomes even more difficult during the winter months. That’s because the cold, ice, sleet, and snow presents an additional challenge to overcome. With the winter season in full force, your feet are exposed to the hazardous combination of cold, damp footwear and dry indoor heat. This makes your likelihood of exposure to foot problems greater than ever.
Feeling cold? Slip on a pair of J.T.Foote Alaskan Wool Felt Warm & Dry Insoles. These insoles, and others like it, are worn by Alaskan North Atlantic fisherman. In temperatures where cold water that seeps into shoes can turn into ice in less than an hour, it is crucial to defend our base against the blizzard.
Beware of Frostbite!
Dr. Garoufalis goes on to say that “exposing feet to extreme temperatures means risking frostbite and injury.” This means that during the winter months, especially, feet are most likely to get into trouble. Any moisture that comes into contact with the feet is likely to stay at the base of the shoe and present challenges down the line. This can happen a variety of ways. Maybe you have a shoe sole that is cut open at the base, or perhaps you’re wearing an old pair of shoes that have crevices where slush can seep in. Perhaps you walk through a puddle so deep that the water goes over and above the lid of your boots - all the way into your boots!
The weather has a way of working itself not only into your clothing, your skin, but into your bones. I mean this in a metaphorical sense, but you’ll swear after talking with people that have had to shovel snow, or those who get caught in a blizzard, that the cold has an insidious way of working its way into your body.
Top Products for Winter Foot Health
- Foot odor: Fiebing's Fresh Feet Spray, New Balance Gear Bomb Freshener and Deodorizer, & Fresh Scent Shoe Spray
- Warm Insoles: Tacco Sheepskin Leather Insoles, & Powerstep ComfortLast Maximum Cushioning, Anti-Shock, Total Support Full Insoles
- Blisters, Bumps, and Cushioning: Pedifix Felt Hammer Toe Cushion Comforts, Powerstep Arch Boosters Cushion Support
- Healing: Deep-Healing Foot Cream, Neat Feat Foot Scrub Soap - Fruit and Walnut
- Lyubov Izotova