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  1. Vihzel

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    For those people that have white leather, how do you take care of it? I'm a little worried over dye transfer from jeans and normal everyday stuff. Obviously I'm not going to be drinking or eating anything on it.
     

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    Steven stares blankly at Vizhel. :p
     
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    *Vihzel stares lovingly in the eyes of Steven*

    Don't make me make things more awkward. :p
     
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    whys it gotta be white? huh?
     
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    The couch will be in a small room, so white is better than black or brown in making the space feel brighter and bigger. It would also match the white gloss coffee table and contrast with a dark blue/purple/white mix rug. I want the rug to be the only big dark element in the room.
     
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    lol.

    No you don't. I'm old and crusty. :p
     
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    You need to use a good quality water based foam leather cleaner. (LTT Leather Shampoo) With light coloured leather dye transfer from clothing can be a problem although using a good quality leather protector (LTT Leather Protect) will help inhibit this. Black obviously does not show this problem.

    DO NOT use anything containing oils, waxes or silicones. (Most 'conditioners' contain waxes or oils) and furniture polish (pledge) contains silicones which will eventually destroy the finish on the leather. Most car cleaners also contain oils or waxes so should not be used as they leave residues on the surface of the leather which attract more dirt which eventually leads to cracking.

    BABY WIPES are the worst thing you can use as they will destroy the finish on your leather. They are very strong alkiline cleaners to neutralise urine (acid) on babys skin so they are not the right thing to use on leather.

    Saddle soap is too harsh to use on todays leathers.

    A lot of leather wipes contain chemicals which will also destroy the finish or leave residues on the leather which will damage it. They are not cheap in the long run as you would need a lot to clean. A bottle of foam cleaner should do your car about 3-4 times.

    Fairy liquid contains more salt these days to get dishes clean and this will break the finish down on your leather. This has been verified by the manufacturers (as with the baby wipes).

    You should also follow cleaning with a good water based leather protector which will act like a 'scotchgard' and inhibit dirt and stains from being absorbed and make cleaning easier the next time.

    Dry leather needs rehydrating with water and oils and waxes should not be used as the natural oils do not dry out of leather. Wiping over with a damp cloth regularly will help to do this.

    It is important to maintain a regular cleaning regime cleaning dirt off the surface regularly and inhibiting the absorption of body oils into the leather with a protector is the best way of doing this. The only 'moisturizer' a leather needs is from water.

    The alternative is a brand new product on the market called Lazy Leather. This is the latest technology in cleaning and combines an effective cleaner with a protector. It is quick and easy to use and should be used as a maintenance product once your suite has been cleaned or from new if you have just bought it.

    Using incorrect care products is usually the cause of deterioration in the leather as unfortunately most car care products contain waxes and oils or silicones which do not do the leather any good.
     
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    you didn't get the joke...

    and to add another joke:

    why's the coach gotta be white? huh?

    i'm guessing that's supposed to be couch. :p
     
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    Oh dear god. We are talking about a couch? No way in hell I'd go with white, no matter how awesome it looked.
     
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    Oops. lol For some reason, I keep typing in coach instead of couch. I've done that so many times now. Don't understand why. :p

    What did you think I was talking about? lol

    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/Textiles/tools/textiles_rooms_ideas

    If you go there and go to the image titled "Blue and majestic" in the top right corner, that is my inspiration. The actual coUch is:

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    The rug is:

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    I didn't honestly read farther than taking care of leather and talking about jeans. I thought it might be a coat or something. Looks nice, but you must not have pets, or at least don't allow them up there.
     
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    What about those super sexy clear plastic slip covers that old people like so much? The ones that squeak whenever there is the slightest breeze.

    The couch will always look like new and you will know whenever someone tries to break in and take a nap.
     
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    I thought those were only in the second living room of Italians on the furniture that is there purely for decor and is never used...
     
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    Yeah I wont have any pets while in Manhattan because I'm just going to be so busy. It'll just be me in the apartment. I'm not even sure if pets are allowed in my apartment although I believe it is acceptable.

    Aren't those extinct yet? lol I haven't been in a house with plastic slips covers for a very long time.
     
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    I'm telling you, go to an Italian family (no racial).
     
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    +1...that was what I had originally thought, lol.

    So purple and white is the theme? :)

    Don't forget, lots of mirrors to make a room feel bigger!!!
     
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    It's actually black, white, dark blue, and a splash of purple. Those are the only colors that I'm going to use to for the living room. I'm trying to incorporate purple into every room since one of NYU's main colors is purple. I think I will instead keep the walls white, black leather sofa, same rug, and white gloss coffee and side tables with another wall with two white gloss shelves. I think I will decorate the walls with different art works that try to incorporate those colors so it's not just one big white room. Complementary decorative details still unknown... but I'm having fun figuring them out. :)
     
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    Black sofa sounds like a smart idea. Hope you give us pics when this is all done :)
     
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    Nothing to add, just that I happened onto this thread and the first three posts had me truly LOL. :D :D
     

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