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Thread: Zebra Skin Rug - 40yrs old is crack and split – can it be brought back to where it won’t crack when folded using your hydrator and fatliquor?

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    Default Zebra Skin Rug - 40yrs old is crack and split – can it be brought back to where it won’t crack when folded using your hydrator and fatliquor?

    Roger,
    I ran across a post from you on treating a 40 yr old zebra skin with your products. I have a similar situation with a zebra skin that is over 40 yrs old. It has wear in places but I am concerned with areas that have cracked and split. The skin has a vinyl backing sewn on it and is still somewhat pliable but if folded for any length of time or folded with any force the skin will split or crack at that fold. I have been told that there isn't too much I can do once it’s dried by a taxidermist but he suggested consulting a furrier. My question is can a hide that has been tanned and is this old and is on the dry side be brought back to where it won’t crack when folded using your hydrator and fatliquor? It would be a lot of work removing the backing to get to the hide but would it be worth it if your products can restore the hide and keep it from drying out even further and becoming more brittle? I believe repairs to the skin could be made if it was softened but at the stage it is now, it may not be possible.
    Thank you for any help you can be.

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    Yes!

    Can be done!

    Your wish come true with this Kit H4...


    Leather Doctor® Kit H4 : Hair-on-Hide - Standard Care Kit

    ■ Hair-on Hide Suede Side - Cleaning and Conditioning (Original Fatliquor Replenishing) System:
    The main objective of this system is to rejuvenate the skin side with the original fatliquor to relax the stiffness and returning the skin with softness, suppleness and strength. The sequence of process would still involve removing of foreign soiling in both dry and wet cleaning prior to hydrating it for an effective fatliquor replenishing to soften it.
    Instructions
    1st phase – Suede Side Cleaning:
    The objective of this process is to remove general surface soiling.
    1a) Dry Soil Removal:
    1] Vacuum off foreign soiling with help of Suede Brush-1.
    2] Exfoliate to renew fresh nap with help of Suede Eraser-5, follows with vacuum cleaner.
    1b) Wet Soil Removal:
    1] Apply Cleaner-3.8 and agitate with Brush-3/Eraser-5 and towel extract until it shows clean.
    2] Spray Rinse-3.0 and towel extract to a squeaky clean.
    1c) Optional Spots and Stains Removal:
    Specialty cleaning system applies to match the remaining soiling types, using the Leather-Safe Problem Solving Guide-S9 - Suede as reference.
    2nd phase - Hydrating:
    Hydrating is to relax the skin of stiffness from diminishing fatliquor. Fatliquor diminishes as the skin ages, accelerated when expose to direct heat and evaporates as VOC (volatile organic compound). Stiffness is common from a water damage situation too, when fatliquor leaches out, and when it becomes dry again the fibrils becomes stick to one another. Hydrating is to precondition the skin for an effective fatliquor replenishing; it helps to relax and separate the stick together fibrils and opens up the inter-fibrillary spaces for effective water movement within the leather structure. It facilitates to wick-up foreign contamination to be towel extracted when damp and erased when crispy dry. It plumps the leather to ease away the unnatural creases and wrinkles. It stabilizes the pH integrity of the skin and charges the skin protein fiber positive below its isoelectric point to hydrogen-bond with the negative fatliquor more effectively. It is therefore recommended to hydrate the skin to an optimum level, with moistures oozing out when gently pressed between thumb and fingers. Prolong dwell time will maximize the effects with the help of covering with clear plastic to prevent evaporation.
    1] Spray Hydrator-3.3, with white lint-free towel control to hydrate the entire thickness of the leather; extract with dry absorbent white terry towel to inspect for an even appearance without blotchiness and it’s ready for immediate fatliquoring.
    3rd phase - Fatliquor Replenishing:
    Fatliquor originally introduces to the skin to impart it desirous suppleness continues to diminish through evaporation as the skin ages, accelerated when exposed to heat. It diminishes through leaching as well in a non leather-safe solution, manifest as stiffness when the skin becomes dry again. Replenishing is done with “fatliquor-in-a-bottle” as a spray-on instead of the original immersion method. Fatliquor, the lifeblood of leathers; derived from fats, oils and water. Looks like fresh milk, when applies penetrates the leather and hydrogen-bond with the skin protein fiber. The fat plumps the skin with fullness, the oil lubricates the individual fibrils and the encasing water breaks free leaving the inter-fibrillary spaces void for transpiration. Effective fatliquoring will leave a non-greasy or non-oily surface when dry. Besides softening the skin with flatness; fatliquor enhances its rip tensile strength greatly. It relaxes coarse breaks, creases and wrinkles and prevents cracking. It helps to keep the skin at its optimum physical performance and prevent premature ageing.
    1] Spray Fatliquor-5.0, with foam brush control for an even appearance.
    2] Repeat application in between drying as the water contents evaporates until it’s saturated.
    3] The fully saturated leather is left for slow natural drying for extra softness.
    4] Use Eraser-4 to remove wicks up residue and inspect for visual satisfaction.

    Contents:

    Leather Doctor® Cleaner-3.8 in 250ml.
    This is a Ph 3.8 all purpose leather-safe anionic cleaner that is particularly effective in emulsifying oily soils and in suspending its particulates. It works by penetrating, lubricating and suspending soiling safely and effectively through gentle chemical reaction; working in perfect harmony with all leather constituents that include the tanning agent, preservative, dyestuff and especially the fatliquor. It’s safe for all leather trims including; aniline, vachetta, nubuck and suede. This product is always followed through with Rinse-3.0 as a system to a healthy squeaky feel.

    Leather Doctor® Rinse-3.0 in 250ml.
    This is a pH 3.0 aqueous anionic leather-safe rinse to neutralize harmful alkaline and perspiration residues; for stabilizing and strengthening leather to its neutral pH value of 3 to 5 chemistry integrity. It’s safe for all leather trims including; aniline, vachetta, nubuck and suede.

    Leather Doctor® Hydrator-3.3 in 250ml
    This is a pH 3.3 aqueous leather-safe hydrator with active surfactantcy for lowering the interfacial tension between the protein leather fibers and its constituents. It’s for relaxing creases and wrinkle and eliminating them while damp prior to fatliquoring it. It’s for hydrating dried, stiffed or shrunk leathers to separates the crushed, stick together fibrils and relaxes them in the inter-fibrillary leather structure for effective distribution of the Fatliquor-5.0. It’s for charging the leather protein fibers below its iso-electric point positive to hydrogen-bond with the ionic negative charged Fatliquor-5.0. It’s for facilitating colloidal water movement within the leather structure during the wicking process to move soiling particulates to the surface. It’s for reactivating the dormant dyestuff to resurface thus reducing the contrast between the color coat and the leather crust. It’s for reducing or eliminate blotchiness when dry especially absorbent leathers. It’s for facilitating better finish penetration during refinishing thus providing good surface properties, especially the uniformity of surface dyeing during aniline refinishing. It’s safe for other leather trims that may include aniline, vachetta, nubuck, suede, hair-on-hide and woolskin.

    Leather Doctor® Fatliquor-5.0 in 250ml
    This is a pH 5.0 anionic charged micro emulsion fatliquor leather rejuvenator. It’s for replenishing original fatliquor that has diminished thru sun-bleaching, ageing, heat and alkaline exposure or cleaning. It penetrates and lubricates the leather fibers so that after drying, they are capable of sliding over one another smoothly. Besides softening the leather with stretchability, compressibility and flexibility; fatliquor enhances its rip tensile strength greatly thus reduces split or tear to the stitching and perforated holes. It relaxes coarse breaks, creases and wrinkles to provide drapes, suppleness and prevents cracking. It helps to keep leather at its optimum physical performance and prevent premature ageing. It’s safe for all other leather trims including; aniline, vachetta, nubuck, suede, hair-on-hide and woolskin. It is available with infused leather scent as Fatliquor LS-5.5.

    Cleaner-5.5 (250ml)
    It’s for Hair-on-Hide and Wool of Woolskin, Sheepskin, Shearling, Feather and all fabrics except rayon and silk.
    This is a pH 5.5 aqueous wool-safe mild disinfectant cleaner. It cleans gently by penetrating, lubricating and suspending soiling through chemical reaction and odor control during drying.

    Rinse-4.0 (250ml)
    It’s for Hair-on-Hide and Wool of Woolskin, Sheepskin, Shearling, Feather and all fabrics except rayon and silk.
    This is a pH 4.0 aqueous wool-safe rinse. It’s for rinsing, neutralizing and stabilizing wool and hair fiber pH chemistry integrity.

    Protection-S+Leather Scent-S (250ml)
    It’s silky-feel for Pure-Aniline, Nubuck, Suede, Hair-On-Hide and Woolskin leather types.
    This is a non-film forming, non-stick, rub-resistant protector that enhances a natural silky-feel, with a classic leather scent. It imparts a non-stick, breathable barrier, essentially to shield the detrimental effects of sticky soiling, including the nasty ballpoint ink. And it does help to release those tenacious dye-transfer stains, especially on light colored leathers easily, without resorting to costly color repairs. Its natural silky-feel protection increases the leather resistance to wet and dry rubs, thus reduce stretch, scuff and abrasion. And it reduces friction squeaks that wear the finishes when leather is rubbed against during movement.

    Suede Eraser-5
    This is a 2½ x 2 x ¾ inch fine pumice block with corrugated side for effective nap exfoliation.

    Suede Brush-3
    This brass bristles detailing brush is ergonomically designed to be an extension of your hand with sturdy grooved grip, designed to produce effective result easily and efficiently. It’s recommended for split suede that provides tough, aggressive cleaning with mild abrasiveness; to reduce aggressiveness slant it at an angle especially for cleaning hair on hide. Length is 7 inches with a three row bristle 1½ inches cleaning head.

    PolyBrush®
    This is the 3” made in USA washable foam brush that last. It’s used for spreading the Prep-7.7, rinse clean and thereafter used for the leather Scent-B and Scent-D application to prevent overspray.

    Washable Rags
    This rag works like cloth, lint free and highly absorbent for extracting suspended soiling or for wiping the leather Scent-B and Scent-D during routine easy cleaning-protection application.

    Refills are available…for more information email [email protected]

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