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    Default Zebra Hide Ottoman - it seems that it is drying out!

    I have a zebra hide ottoman that is now getting very delicate. I accidentally put my high heel through an area! It used to be very tough and now it seems that it is drying out. The problem is, that it is an ottoman so the fur is showing. It is 15 years old. I don't want it to get any worse and would like to try to fix the damaged part. Does the hide need to be removed and replaced?

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    >>> Does the hide need to be removed and replaced?

    No removal of the hide necessary . . . follow this holistic system of repairs

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    Hair-on-Hide Zebra & Cow Sofa Cleaner, Conditioner & Repair Kit H7 by Leather Doctor is a holistic system with two add-on products Bond-3D and Patch-4S to our Hair-on-Hide Zebra & Cow Sofa Cleaner & Conditioner Kit H4. Leather Bond-3D is for rip and tear repair. This water-based medium soft polyurethane bonds the suede fibers when dries and become a homogeneous part of the hide. Repairs will require close contact until it dries to bond. Backing reinforcement for strength is bonded from the suede side with Patch-4S. Generally, the repair is done after the hair is wet cleaned, and sanitized free of soiling with Hair-on-Hide Cleaner-5.5 followed by Hair-on-Hide Rinse-4.0 system and fatliquor conditioned with Hydrator-3.3 followed by Fatliquor-5.0 and clean up with Hydrator-3.3 system, and the hide is pulled to close-up and let dry before repairs begin. The fat and oil that remains on the hide increase its rip tensile strength. Protector-S+ imparts a rub-resistant silky feel to lubricate the hair from abrasion wear and a non-stick property to shield the hair from sticky soiling with a classic leather scent.

    Instruction:

    Dry Soil Removal:
    1- Vacuum off foreign soiling with help of nylon Brush-2, by brushing along the lay of the hair.

    Wet Soil Sanitizing & Removal:
    1- Cleaner-5.5 is applied and brushed along the lay of hair in one direction and cotton towel extract until it shows clean, and continue with rinsing . . .

    Rinse:

    1- Rinse-4.0 is applied and brush along the lay of hair in one direction and cotton towel extract free of suds to a squeaky clean, and continue with hydrating . . .

    Hydrating:
    1- Hydrator-3.3 is applied directly onto the base of the hair with the help of a brush or a comb to part it. Application may be by direct spraying or indirect transferring to a foam brush for better control.
    2- The entire panel is saturated without a dry edge until a little moisture ooze out when pressed with fingers.
    3- Massaging/flexing/stretching/ of the repair area to allow overlapping of rip or tear.
    4- When the hide is still damp to the touch or about 25% total moisture content reading from a leather moisture meter, Fatliquor-5.0 application commences. . .

    5- Fatliquoring:
    1- Fatliquor-5.0 is applied similarly to Hydrator-3.3.
    2- Saturate until a little moisture ooze out when pressed with fingers.
    3- Allow natural water evaporation to take place, leaving behind the essential fat and oil.
    4- Depending on pre-existing dryness additional application may be necessary, until the last application water evaporation cycle, the hide absorbs no more.
    5- A leather moisture meter may be used to read its moisture content when dry, and an average of 14% of fat and oil content will contribute to the tensile strength of the hide from rip or tear.

    6- Rinsing:
    1- Any sticky residue from Fatliquor-5.0 is rinsed off with Hydrator-3.3 to reduce soiling attraction or improve appearance.
    2- Spray Hydrator-3.3, brush with nylon Brush-2 and wipe off with a cotton towel until the towel shows clean and dry.

    7- Drying:
    1- Let slow natural drying for extra hide suppleness.
    2- The rip or tear location is attended to by stretching it to close up tight while the hide is in the process of drying.

    8- Repairs:
    1- Rip or tear repairs begins by cutting out from a paper template with the center line drawn to indicate the actual positioning when the Patch-4S is inserted into position ready for Bond-3D.
    2- Bond-3D is applied to the lower side of the rip so that the upper tear overlaps from the top of the repair seamlessly. Let it dry and firm up for better control for alignment prior to bonding the upper rip.
    3- The repair has to be held in place with tie-down straps until the bond dries, otherwise it may move out of place and when dried will be tough to make any alignment adjustment.

    9- Non-Stick, Rub-Resistant Protection:
    1- Protector-S+ is shaken well and mist sprays evenly and brushed with nylon Brush-2 on the lay of the hair.
    2- When dry thereafter groom again with nylon Brush-2 or a slick comb for the best appearance and it is ready for use.

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    Applying High Quality leather conditioners or leather softners will help you a lot to soften the leather.

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