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Tom Forsythe

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Oil pull-up leathers are generally thicker than other leathers. A scratch in an oil pull-up leather can typically be rubbed out with kneading or rubbing the leather alone. The oils are part of the leather. Wax is a surface coating on aniline leathers. It can be worn off in areas of heavier use. Wax On adds the coating evenly over the surface of the leather. Oleosa adds back oils to both the surface and internal parts of the leather. You may want to visit a leather furniture store and examine some of their samples to see more clearly the difference.

Protected and pigmented leather are generally easy to clean as long as the urethane/pigmented coat is intact. Aniline leather can be a bit more problematic. Nubuck and suede leather characterized by a nap should be declined until you have more training. There are also some newer type of poor quality leathers that are also problematic.

We used to do a full day leather class to discuss all of these issues with a lot of hands on leather identification and cleaning. It is hard to cover this adequately in a few paragraphs.
 

OldCarpetVet

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I hope so. Those pieces look filthy. Usually I turn those away but he's a good customer and don't wanna lose him to another company.

You NEVER want to lose ANY work to a competitor. ALWAYS try to accommodate your customer because if you don't, someone else will. And then you lose them forever.
Not good.
We live in an era and world today where we can get all the information that we could ever dream of just by going on Youtube. If in doubt, go to youtube...google it...ask someone here. Do something other than say no and give it away. That money on the table is YOURS! Just say YES and take it. Even if you have to make up a story and schedule the job for another day until you dot the "i" and cross the "t". Understand?
 

EVDOG

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I hope so. Those pieces look filthy. Usually I turn those away but he's a good customer and don't wanna lose him to another company.

You NEVER want to lose ANY work to a competitor. ALWAYS try to accommodate your customer because if you don't, someone else will. And then you lose them forever.
Not good.
We live in an era and world today where we can get all the information that we could ever dream of just by going on Youtube. If in doubt, go to youtube...google it...ask someone here. Do something other than say no and give it away. That money on the table is YOURS! Just say YES and take it. Even if you have to make up a story and schedule the job for another day until you dot the "i" and cross the "t". Understand?
Yes sir. That's why I came on here and asked for your advice!
 

OldCarpetVet

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You're the smarter man. Your wisdom is tenfold mine. I thank you for your advice.

You're too kind. Thank You for that compliment.
Wisdom comes with years of experience. That includes mistakes and luck.
One day, YOU will be the wise one to a whole new generation of carpet cleaners.
For me...It's an honor to help. (y)