Leather Cleaning and Restoration for beautifully clean, soft, supple leather.
CROSS Specialist Cleaning safely clean, protect, repair and restore your leather upholstery in Brighton and the surrounding Sussex areas.
Cleaning is an essential part to prolonging the look, feel and life of your Leather. Over time, soils and oils can wear, break down, deteriorate and crack the protective surface coatings. To avoid this, it is important to correctly care for your leather to remove these soils and maintain the ambient moisture balance.
Quality leather furniture is not cheap and requires a trained specialist to clean and protect the hide. With many types of leather on the market, it is imperative that a cleaning operative can inspect and determine which type of leather you have so that the correct cleaning solution and method are used to safely and effectively clean it! Without specialist training, there is a high risk that permanent damage can be caused to your valuable furnishing!
With great care and attention, CROSS Specialist Cleaning can safely restore the look and feel of your leather using the best leather care products on the market removing years of dirt and grease.
The key benefits of our Leather Cleaning and Restoration service
We repair and restore leather upholstery or fashion items like handbags!
We can bring your leather back to its best!
We clean, protect and repair the leather in your car or vehicle
Eco-friendly cleaning for a healthy, hygienic environment!
CROSS Specialist Cleaning is a member of the CarCleanseUK® network dedicated to professional vehicle interior deep cleaning.
Assessing which ‘type’ of leather you have?
Before cleaning leather it is imperative to identify the ‘type’ of leather you have, so that the correct cleaning products and process can be used! This ensures that no damage occurs during the leather cleaning process which is ever more so important for ‘Aniline style’ leathers where the surface has little or no protection.
Which type of leather do you have?
- Crust / Aniline Leather
- Micro Pigment
- Pull Up
- Single Colour Pigment
- Antique Style
- Two Tone
What is Aniline Leather?
Aniline is the most natural of leather and is sometimes referred to as naked, unprotected or crust leather. It is usually produced from ‘Full Grain’, referred to as the best quality because the top surface has not been corrected or altered in any way. Natural markings from the animal may still occur which can include scars, insect bites, brand or burn marks.
How to tell if I have an Aniline style Leather?
Check these 4 simple steps:
- Appearance – is the colour even/uneven? Is there a regular grain pattern? Aniline will have an uneven appearance and a non-even grain pattern.
- Touch – does your leather feel soft and warm to touch?
Aniline will feel soft and warm.
- Scratch – (in an inconspicuous area) lightly run your finger nail over the surface. Aniline will mark easily.
- Moisture – (in an inconspicuous area) put a drop of water on the surface to see if it soaks into the leather and leaves a dark mark. (Don’t worry, the mark will dry out!). If it absorbs, it is an Aniline style leather.
Cleaning and Caring for Aniline Leather
Aniline is appreciated for its natural look and because it offers a soft, warm sensation to touch. To keep it looking and feeling its best, it is imperative that Aniline is regularly maintained and protected as the leather has little or no protective coating on the surface. Failure to maintain and protect Aniline will cause it to mark or stain very easily!
CROSS Specialist Cleaning use specialist Aniline cleaning products to safely and effectively clean the leather as well as enrich the colour which can be prone to fading.
Dry Aniline – Aniline leather can sometimes look and feel dry to the touch. We can remedy this by re-hydrating the leather to restore the soft natural feel.
Faded Aniline – Aniline leathers will fade over time, especially if exposed to UV rays. This is not damage, so, we can normally restore the leather using a dyeing process. Please see Leather Restoration
Greasy areas on Aniline – Aniline style leathers only have light surface protection, so, heavy wear areas e.g. the headrest and arms, often suffer from a build-up of body oils which gradually soak into the leather causing a dark patch. This requires a de-greasing and restoration process, not cleaning. Please see Leather Restoration
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Leather Cleaning & Protection
Leather Protector is included in our cleaning process
ALL leather types should be protected to prevent the surface coatings from damage! As part of our service, CROSS Specialist Cleaning apply an application of protector included within our price! Treat your leather to a ‘Labour of love’ service from CROSS Specialist Cleaning and you will not only restore its appearance but will extend the life of your leather furniture for years to come!
6 Reasons to Protect Leather:
- Maintenance cleaning is easier.
- Rehydrates the leather.
- Guards against dye transfer.
- Prevents stains from spillages.
- Helps to slow down UV fading.
- Helps to guard against damage.
Our top quality fluorocarbon protector guards against:
9 common problems we can successfully remove from leather upholstery and goods:
Our high standards achieve optimum results each and every clean – we don’t cut corners to save time!!
Leather Repair & Restoration
Restore and repair cuts, punctures, scratches and scuffs
Over time leather will wear and accidents can happen that damage the leather. There is often no need to replace it when it can be repaired by our technician.
Whether it’s your favourite armchair or your comfy sofa, CROSS Specialist Cleaning can repair your leather and, in most cases, restore the leather back to its original condition!
So we can provide you with an accurate quote for renovation, we make a visit to your home or commercial premises to assess the level of restoration. Or, you can send us photographs highlighting the damage.
Trained by leading Leather care specialist LTT, CROSS Specialist Cleaning are skilled to professionally repair all types of damage to leather furniture & goods which include:
We clean & repair leather:
Do you want a complete change of colour?
Maybe you are planning to decorate but your Leather furniture no longer matches, we can re-colour it any colour you desire to match (not applicable to Aniline style leathers).
Vehicle Leather – Car Seats
Deep Cleaning and Protecting Leather Upholstery in Cars
Surface damage is often mistaken for dirt and no cleaning product will achieve a desirable result and it may require a repair.
CROSS Specialist Cleaning first inspect the leather to ascertain its condition and whether the pigment coating is damaged. We will advise accordingly, the likely results that can be achieved.
Deep cleaning should be carried out once or twice a year, depending on the amount of use and colour of the leather (lighter colours may require more regular intervals). It is important to remove dirt from the grain as this will cause cracking and damage to the surface coatings. The specialist leather products and technique we use gently lifts the dirt from the grain and encapsulates it rather than just move the dirt around the surface.
CROSS Specialist Cleaning always include an application of protector as part of the leather cleaning process to help keep the leather clean and in good condition. It is important that all leather is protected to help prevent stains, damage and wear to the surface coatings.
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Areas where we operate our Leather Cleaning Services
Our team of leather cleaning experts cover a wide area including:
East Sussex: Brighton, Ovingdean, Rottingdean, Woodingdean, Saltdean, Peacehaven, Newhaven, Seaford, Lewes, Eastbourne, Burgess Hill, Uckfield, Haywards Heath, Crowborough.
West Sussex: Arundel, Worthing, Shoreham, Portslade, Hove, Pulborough, Billingshurst, Horsham, Crawley.
Gatwick: The surrounding towns and villages.
Monday – Saturday | 8am – 8pm
Out of Hours cleaning available