Chewbaca the cockatoo destroyed our recliner in Middle Mess, our tv and bird room, before we realized it, so I bought a used replacement, rather than new, for her to chew.
Now, if I turned it ninety degrees, I'd have the Tourabout I always wanted, my rear seat pax could ride up high like a Thomas Touring, and I still could fit stuff under the rear seat like this IHC:
The best of all worlds..
BTW, the leather on this thing is absorbent. Water soaks right in. What would be the best coating for it?
The best protectant for a piece of furniture like that is spilled beer. I'm sorry Ralph. I just had to say it.
They actually make some pretty good cleaners and protectants that can be purchased at the furniture stores. The problem is to get in the place, purchase it and get out without being attacked by a salesperson.
It also seems McGuires would have a cleaner and protectant available.
That's a good idea Mike, then all the stains would match the protectant.
I used to have 3 ferrets that would customize the decor of the living room to there standards, My wife put a stop to that. I am now ferret-less.
Sounds like Chewbaca really suffers from separation anxiety order...
Do they have cockatoo 'whisperers'? I would guess that if they do, they are in California? Do they make muzzles for cockatiels? Here's a hint....rubber bands!
Just about all of the leather products you buy are meant for quick fix junkie emotion...and usually you pay for it later.
There is a holistic way, been there, done that, and it depends on what you start with.
Is it soiled here and there? You can't scrub, need to rub lightly and blot. If so a little bit of Johnsons baby soap in a quart of water, with a couple of drops of vinegar is your best home brew. DON"T use other soaps, they have salts and salt and leather don't like each other!
On the other hand, it you are clean and ready to go, then the best answer is linseed oil. Yeah, its going to stink for a bit and you won't sit in it for a week. Blot it on, rub just lightly, let it stand for 45 minutes or so and buff the leather out. If it dries with dull spots...just do the spots for the second coat.
I use the two step method shown above but it takes a bit as the leather has to be back to house humidity before applying the oil.
For the impatient type...a mix of 60% linseed and 40% vinegar will work almost as well. But blot and rub extra light. The vinegar lifts the dirt, suspends it in the linseed and any dirt 'should' float and transfer to the buffing rag. Turn often/fold often.
Don't put the couch in direct sunlight unless you want to retreat at about 4 months for forever. In the shade, the above actually should give you 9 mo to a year. But heres the drill, 'feel' how subtle and soft the day after done...then as weeks go by if it feels different, then time to redo....kind of like that new oil change scheme on cars...having leather that is too conditioned is just as bad as having dry leather.
George: boiled or raw? The linseed oil, not the bird.
I knew I could depend on you for the right stuff.
A cockatoo is a feathered beast with a can opener on its face. Big macaws crack and open Brazil nuts. . Birds are not descended from dinosaurs; they ARE dinosaurs.
Because their brain cases have to be lightweight and streamlined, their size vs. intelligence can't be compared directly to mammal brains. Their brains have had at least 20 million years longer to develop, too.
We don't want to warp her little psyche, so we'll just have to let her continue to wreak havoc, I guess.
I actually prefer pressed linseed oil and not the BLO. If you do go the BLO route, check out the chemicals added for driers, the one with the least amount will be the best.
There is the old safety thing to also think about. Partly why its 'dab' and not 'flush'. As long as it can breath openly until dry it's OK.
Leather is still organic and lots of these bottled things have chemical waxes in them, lots of other chemicals to swell the fibers (temporarily), and why I recommend the old home brew stuff and the pressed is that organic on organic is usually the safest bet all around. Drying can be long, but it is worth the wait.
I personally do not like stuff like LEXOL as a packaged conditioner, I never really see any benefit other than a quick satin shine with eventual cracking where you rub out the most yet then complain to LEXOL and they just say it wasn't cleaned right to begin with, too much body oils, etc. I mention LEXOL as their phone guy is a Model A guy who swears by the stuff...to each his own.
Do be aware that linseed oil might cause a hue shift a slight amount of yellow, generally not worth even worrying about...but the old adage of try it where you won't see it is always a good first step.