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How To Restore Leather

How To Restore Leather

Leather can be restored in two ways.


1. Using the Leather Recoloring Balm. This is a simple wipe on and buff off application, however it requires the leathers surface to be absorbant in order for the balm to properly penetrate. It also works if the surface coating has split/cracked exposing a lighter color beneath.


The advantages of using the balm are that it is cheap and easy to use, and the results are very pleasing. However, it only restores the color, if the leather is cracked, it will not actually fix the cracks - just hide them with color. For a more complete restoration, see number two.


2. If you want to restore the leather to pristine condition, fixing all scuffs and cracks, then follow the instructions provided below.



Restoring Leather Guide  

 


Worn Blue Leather Sofa

In this guide we will restore the two seater sofa shown in the photo on the left.

The leather is heavily cracked and so we will be using Leather BinderFlexifil and the Large Leather Colorant Kit to carry out the restoration (Choose 'severe cracking' option from bundle selection menu above).


If the Leather had little or no cracking, you would not require Flexifil, in this case choose the 'light cracking' option from the menu provided and skip the section of the guide on filling cracks.


All of the products mentioned in this guide can be purchased at the bottom of this page.


 



Preparing The Leather As Instructed Can Reduce Crease & Cracks



The first step is preparing the leather ready for applications of color. We do this to remove any waxes, oils or silicones that may be present on the leather, not removing these could cause adhesion problems. Prepping the leather also removes the manufactured finish. If the leather is very dirty, clean it first with the leather ultra clean or warm soapy water.

Different prepping techniques can be employed with similar results but we will show you the most thorough way in this guide and explain the reasons for doing so along the way

1. Do the back & sides first. A lot of furniture these days have finished splits on the back & sides and using a strong cleaner like the leather prep would strip the color off so we won't be using it on the sides. For the sides all you need to do is wipe them down with some alcohol cleaner on a cloth. Not prepping the back and sides as thoroughly as the rest of the leather won't affect the end results, this is because the back and sides aren't really used and so come under no, or very little stress.
 
Step 1: Prepping the leather 2. Because the seating cushions and other areas come under more stress (wear & tear) it is more important to prepare them. To do this it is best to rub them with the Leather Prep and an Abrasive Pad, this application removes the leather finish. However, because this leather is very badly worn, it is best to just wipe the leather down with the Leather Prep and a cloth. The Abrasive Pad would make the cracking even worse in this case.


The leather is correctly prepped when you start to see color transfer from the leather onto the Abrasive Pad or cloth. This indicates that the finish has been removed exposing the color beneath.

3. The above process will have removed the manufacturers finish and any silicones that are soluble in solvents. There are however some silicones like spray on polish and waxes that aren't soluble in solvents, and so to remove these we need to use the Alcohol Cleaner. After using the Leather Prep wipe the leather down with a cloth dampened in the Alcohol Cleaner and for ease of use you could also spray the Alcohol Cleaner directly onto the leather. Now wait 30 minutes for the prep to evaporate.



Repairing the cracks & worn areas


Cracked Leather Cushion Cracked Leather Close Up


The above two photos show the seating cushion in very bad condition. The photo to the right is an up-close photo of a section of the cushion. The cracks have occurred over 20 years of wear and tear on the leathers surface causing the pigment to 'crack' as the leather flexes. Regular applications of protection cream could have prevented this!!

The process will be to fill the cracks and then color the leather.
 



Applying the light filler
 

Strengthening the leather with Leather Binder

The first process is to strengthen the leather to prevent future cracking. The Leather Binder is applied with a sponge and is absorbed by the leather holding all the worn leather fibres together. Apply approximately 3-5 coats to the entire surface, leaving time for each coat to dry before applying the next.


Note that it is important that excess binder that may build up around areas of stitching should be wiped away before it dries.


Leather with lighter filler on
 

Note that the binder will change the look of the leather slightly at this stage, in this example It may appear as though it has colored the cracks. All it has done is darken them as they absorbed it. Do not think this has sorted the problem!
 

Leather Filled
 

Applying the Flexifil (Heavily Cracked Leather Only)

After the Leather Binder has strengthened the leather to prevent future cracking; Flexifil is used to repair existing cracking.


Note: It is not suitable for repairing damage such as holes, cat scratches, tears, cuts or burns, for areas that have suffered this kind of damage you require the Leather Repair Kit.


To apply the Flexifil, simply take a pallet knife or spatula and apply a small amount to any areas of cracking on the leather. Then, carefully run the edge of the pallete knife over the filled area to smooth it out and remove any excess. Once all of the cracking has been filled, leave this to dry for 30 minutes and then take some fine sandpaper (1200) and smooth the area down.


Repair Compound in leather To the left is a photo showing a close up as before. This time you will notice where the Leather Binder has filled in some areas and the Flexifil others.

NOTE: It is fine to apply another coat of Binder on top of the Flexifil if necessary. Even if you apply color and think it could be re-filled, it is ok to apply Flexifil on top of the color. This helps to achieve a smooth finish.

Sponging on colour
 

Applying the Colorant


Shake the bottle of Leather Colorant for about 3 minutes to make sure it is well mixed. Pour a small amount onto a sponge and rub into the leather. The idea is to sponge on a thin coat of color working it into any gaps, creases and hard to reach areas. Apply light pressure here to work the colorant into the grain. If you apply too much pressure you may get a foam of color on the surface, this is not a problem, just wipe it away with the sponge (gently).


1 base coat of colour The image to the left is the before close up with a coat of color sponged on. After applying one base coat of color a thin spray coat can then be applied to further enhance the finish on the leather.

The Leather Colorant dries naturally or you can speed it up with a hair drier.


Spraying the color



Wait 30 minutes for the colorant to thoroughly dry and then proceed to spray the leather. Set up your spray gun or airbrush and then spray the leather at a comfortable distance, not to over apply the color. It is best to practice a bit on a piece of paper to get the hang of spraying first. Spray the colorant on in thin layers. This avoids runs and so makes for a nicer finish.

Because the colorant we're using is water based it takes a few minutes to dry. We therefore advise you to spray one area and then dry it using a hair drier. Doing it this way reduces the chance of runs. If you do see a run, just wipe it off with a cloth or sponge and then re-spray the area.

There is no right number of coats that should be applied to the leather. Spray on one coat and dry it off, then just keep spraying on a coat at a time until all the base color is hidden.
 

Spraying the Finish



The Leather Finish is then applied in the exact same way as the colorant. Thin layers are the key! We recommend spraying on 2 layers of sealant (glossy), and then 2 layers of Leather Finish as this gives a very strong coating guaranteeing a very long life span of your job! The Leather Finish further enhances the feel and texture of the leather, it gives you a lovely soft and delicate touch, even if the leather was rough beforehand!
 

Finished Work 
 


Finish Sofa Finish Sofa Close Up

The above two images are of the seat thoroughly colored. As standard the leather has a slight shine to it. This can be either increased using a gloss finish, matted down using a matt finish or kept the same using a satin finish. In this case we used a satin finish to match the original sheen.

 



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3 months ago

Colleen Linscomb

I have 2 captains chairs in a motorhome that are heavily cracked what size kit do I need to purchase?

3 months ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Colleen,

Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to assist you with your leather restoration needs but require some additional information so we may advise you properly. If you could email us a few photos of the leather you are planning to restore to help@furnitureclinic.com, we will ascertain and respond with an email of the recommended products for your leather restoration needs.

We look forward to hearing back from you.

Best,

Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

4 months ago

Jim Low

Have a chair with Natuzzi leather that is in need of cleaning and restoration. Any product suggestions.

4 months ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Jim,

Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to assist you with your leather restoration needs but require some additional information so we may advise you properly. If you could email us a few photos of the leather you are planning to restore to help@furnitureclinic.com, we will ascertain and respond with an email of the recommended products for your leather restoration needs.

We look forward to hearing back from you.

Best,

Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

4 months ago

Pete

I have a small spot on a leather chair that has some moderate cracking. The spot is about 4 x 5 inches. Can I use the basic leather repair kit to fix it?

4 months ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Pete,

Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to assist you with your leather restoration needs but require some additional information so we may advise you properly. If you could send a few photos of the leather you are planning to restore to help@furnitureclinic.com, we will ascertain any damages and respond with an email of the recommended products for your leather restoration needs. We advise to send a few close-up photos of any damages to your leather and a couple pan-out photos of the whole piece itself.

We look forward to hearing back from you.

Best,

Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

6 months ago

Marty Brooks

I have a leather sofa that is glove leather. What do I use to recondition?

6 months ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Marty,

Thank you for your email. For cleaning, protecting and conditioning your leather we would recommend our Leather Care Kit whichis a money saving value that contains our Leather Ultra Clean which will gently clean your leather and our Leather Protection Cream which will feed,condition and further protect your leather with the technology that it has to repel stains. These two products are an amazing maintenance system and is recommended you clean and protect your leather every three to four months.

If you need any further information please contact us.

Best,
Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

9 months ago

Karen Bebnee

Our Brown leather recliner does not absorb water. the leather finish is turning a red discolor. Is there anything to fix it? If not, it is going out the door

8 months ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Karen,

Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to assist you with your leather restoration needs but require some additional information so we may advise you properly. If you could send a few photos of the leather you are planning to restore to help@furnitureclinic.com, we will ascertain any damages and respond with an email of the recommended products for your leather restoration needs. We advise to send a few close-up photos of any damages to your leather and a couple pan-out photos of the whole piece itself.

We look forward to hearing back from you.

Best,

Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

10 months ago

Mark Phillips

Does this work for white leathers as well as darker colors?

9 months ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Mark,

Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to assist you with your leather restoration needs but require some additional information so we may advise you properly. If you could email us a few photos of the leather you are planning to restore to help@furnitureclinic.com, we will ascertain and respond with an email of the recommended products for your leather restoration needs.

Also we need need to determine the type of leather you have and ask you to perform our Water Test to see if your leather is absorbent. To do this, put a few drops of water on the surface of your leather in an undamaged area. If the water immediately seeps in and darkens the leather it is absorbent. If the water beads upon the surface and can be wiped away it is non-absorbent. Please let us know the results of your water test so we may advise you further. Also we need to know which product you were questioning about?

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best,

Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

10 months ago

Tammy

Is there any products you'd recommend using to maintain the look of your leather furniture as far as cleaning and conditioning in hopes to avoid cracking of the furniture. When something is spilt on it we just use water to wipe it up as it doesn't absorb into the fabric. Thanks in advance.

10 months ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Tammy,

Thank you for your email. For maintaining your leather we would recommend our Leather Care Kit which contains our Leather Ultra Clean which will gently clean your leather and our Leather Protection Cream which will feed,condition and further protect your leather with the technology that it has to repel stains. These two products are an amazing maintenance system and is recommended you clean and protect your leather every three to four months.

If you need any further information please contact us.

Best,
Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

10 months ago

Nancy

I need help with restoring my Cibola Rhine Green leather sofas. They are pretty worn and cracked, much like the sofa in this article (they were purchased in July 1999). I put water on a spot and it did not absorb, it rolled right off. I have several questions:

1.) When you state "For the sides all you need to do is wipe them down with some alcohol cleaner on a cloth" is there a particular alcohol cleaner, brand/type?

2.) The article states that all the items in the article were at the bottom of the page, but I don't see them. How do I find the items mentioned; leather binder, flexifill, colorant?

3.) Do you have green and if so are there shades of green? Mine is pretty dark, cibola called it a Rhine Green but I cannot find any samples online and they are out of business.

Thank you for your help,
Nancy

10 months ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Nancy,

Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to assist you with your leather restoration needs but require some additional information so we may advise you properly. If you could send a few photos of the leather you are planning to restore to help@furnitureclinic.com, we will ascertain any damages and respond with an email of the recommended products for your leather restoration needs. We advise to send a few close-up photos of any damages to your leather and a couple pan-out photos of the whole piece itself. When emailing please provide your phone number so we may contact you regarding the use of our Leather Alcohol Cleaner, Color Selections as well as our repair products.



We look forward to hearing back from you.

Best,

Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

10 months ago

Karrie

After applying the color balm do I need to use anything else?

10 months ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Karrie,

Thank you for your inquiry. Our Leather Re-Coloring Balm is used to renovate the existing color of absorbent type leathers i.e.leather without a finish on top. When used with the proper type of absorbent type leather we recommend to use our Ultra Clean before re-coloring and our Protection Cream for added protection after applying the Re-Coloring Balm.

If you would like further advice regarding your leather restoration you may email us a couple of photos at help@furnitureclinic.com and we will ascertain and provided you with the proper products for you to restore.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best,

Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

1 year ago

Leslie

I have a leather chair that is absorbent in the very worn areas and non absorbent in other areas. There are scratch marks on it everywhere and other marks. How do I go about cleaning and protecting it?

1 year ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Leslie,

Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to assist you with your leather restoration needs but require some additional information so we may advise you properly. If you could send a few photos of the leather you are planning to restore to help@furnitureclinic.com, we will ascertain any damages and respond with an email of the recommended products for your leather restoration needs. We advise to send a few close-up photos of any damages to your leather and a couple pan-out photos of the whole piece itself.

We look forward to hearing back from you.

Best,

Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

1 year ago

Claudia Root

can I send a picture of my worn leather sofa and chair to get your advice on what products to buy?

1 year ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Claudia,

Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to assist you with your leather restoration needs but require some additional information so we may advise you properly. If you could send a few photos of the leather you are planning to restore to help@furnitureclinic.com, we will ascertain any damages and respond with an email of the recommended products for your leather restoration needs. We advise to send a few close-up photos of any damages/color-loss to your leather and a couple pan-out photos of the whole piece itself.

Also we need need to determine the type of leather you have and ask you to perform our Water Test to see if your leather is absorbent. To do this, put a few drops of water on the surface of your leather in an undamaged area. If the water immediately seeps in and darkens the leather it is absorbent. If the water beads upon the surface and can be wiped away it is non-absorbent. Please let us know the results of your water test so we may advise you further.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best,

Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

1 year ago

Cliff Johnson

I have a heavily stained, very thick aniline sofa, chair & loveseat... camel colored. Some of the hide has been roughed up in attempted cleaning... and is very absorbent. Is there a product that can rescue a set like this? Thanks!

1 year ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Cliff,

Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to assist you with your leather restoration needs but require some additional information so we may advise you properly. If you could send a few photos of the leather you are planning to restore to help@furnitureclinic.com, we will ascertain any damages and respond with an email of the recommended products for your leather restoration needs. We advise to send a few close-up photos of any damages/color-loss to your leather and a couple pan-out photos of the whole piece itself.

Also we need need to determine the type of leather you have and ask you to perform our Water Test to see if your leather is absorbent. To do this, put a few drops of water on the surface of your leather in an undamaged area. If the water immediately seeps in and darkens the leather it is absorbent. If the water beads upon the surface and can be wiped away it is non-absorbent. Please let us know the results of your water test so we may advise you further.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best,

Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

1 year ago

Carol

My sectional dark brown is loosing its surface color where we sit and turning maroon. I thought the color was dyed all the way through, but apparently not! Why is the color wearing off ? It is not peeling! Is it caused by body oils?

1 year ago

Furniture Clinic

Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to assist you with your leather restoration needs but require some additional information so we may advise you properly. If you could send a few photos of the leather you are planning to restore to help@furnitureclinic.com, we will ascertain any damages and respond with an email of the recommended products for your leather restoration needs. We advise to send a few close-up photos of any damages/color-loss to your leather and a couple pan-out photos of the whole piece itself.

Also we need need to determine the type of leather you have and ask you to perform our Water Test to see if your leather is absorbent. To do this, put a few drops of water on the surface of your leather in an undamaged area. If the water immediately seeps in and darkens the leather it is absorbent. If the water beads upon the surface and can be wiped away it is non-absorbent.

We look forward to hearing back from you.

Best,

Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

1 year ago

Edward

Dear furniture clinic,
I did buy this furniture from Casio as leather, but it is not real leather is artificial leather.
Now it is loosing the paint on it.
Is it possible to fix it?
Edwatd

1 year ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Edward,

Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to assist you with your leather restoration needs but require some additional information so we may advise you properly. If you could send a few photos of the leather you are planning to restore to help@furnitureclinic.com, we will ascertain any damages and respond with an email of the recommended products for your leather restoration needs. We advise to send a few close-up photos of any damages to your leather and a couple pan-out photos of the whole piece itself.

We look forward to hearing back from you.

Best,

Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

1 year ago

Monice

Hello-
I have a leather set that I love! However whenever you sit on it you stick to it leaving fibers from your clothing on the leather chair, ottoman, or sofa. Is this repairable?

1 year ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Monice,

Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to assist you with your leather restoration needs but require some additional information so we may advise you properly. If you could send a few photos of the leather you are planning to restore to help@furnitureclinic.com, we will ascertain any damages and respond with an email of the recommended products for your leather restoration needs. We advise to send a few close-up photos of any damages to your leather and a couple pan-out photos of the whole piece itself.

We look forward to hearing back from you.

Best,

Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

1 year ago

Monice

Hello-
I have a leather set that I love! However whenever you sit on it you stick to it leaving fibers from your clothing on the leather chair, ottoman, or sofa. Is this repairable?

1 year ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Monice,

Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to assist you with your leather restoration needs but require some additional information so we may advise you properly. If you could send a few photos of the leather you are planning to restore to help@furnitureclinic.com, we will ascertain any damages and respond with an email of the recommended products for your leather restoration needs. We advise to send a few close-up photos of any damages to your leather and a couple pan-out photos of the whole piece itself.

We look forward to hearing back from you.

Best,

Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

1 year ago

Norman Haupt

After years of use, my recliner is losing the dark brown color on the arms and seat. It does not seem to be water absorbant. What do I need to get to restore the original color to my chair?

1 year ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Norman,

Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to assist you with your leather restoration needs but require some additional information so we may advise you properly. If you could send a few photos of the leather you are planning to restore to help@furnitureclinic.com, we will ascertain any damages and respond with an email of the recommended products for your leather restoration needs. We advise to send a few close-up photos of any damages to your leather and a couple pan-out photos of the whole piece itself.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best,

Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

2 years ago

Francine Merenghi

My off white leather sectional has brown areas on the top of the sofa. Because it is in a area with lots of windows, I'm assuming the spots are related to sun damage. There is no cracking, just discoloration. Can your products fix this?

2 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Francine,

Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to help you restore your leather furniture but we require more information to advise you correctly. Would it be possible to send us a photo or two to our email help@furnitureclinic.com and we will ascertain the damage, and recommend the proper products for your leather restoration needs.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best,

Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

2 years ago

pleomorphic

Which size colorant kit, binder, and flexifill do you suggest for an ottoman approximately 30x36x18 inches in dimension?

2 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Pleomorphic,

Thank you for your email. Our Small Leather Colorant Kit supplies enough product to restore up to the size of a car seat, our Medium Leather Colorant Kit is enough product to restore up to the size of an arm chair. Regarding the sizes of the Binder and Flexifill it is hard to determine without seeing the damages. We would be happy to help you restore your leather ottoman but require a bit more information from you. Would it be possible to send us a couple of photos to help@furnitureclinic.com so we may ascertain the damages and provide you with the proper products and sizes for your leather restoration needs.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

2 years ago

Clayton

I have a polyester leather sofa and it needs some attention. Please help!!!

2 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Clayton,

Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to help you with your restoration needs but require some additional information so we may advise you correctly. Would it be possible to send us a couple of photos to help@furnitureclinic.com so we may ascertain any damages and provide you with the proper products for your restoration needs.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

2 years ago

pleomorphic

Which size colorant kit, binder, and flexifill do you suggest for an ottoman approximately 30x36x18 inches in dimension?

2 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Pleomorphic,

Thank you for your email. Our Small Leather Colorant Kit supplies enough product to restore up to the size of a car seat, our Medium Leather Colorant Kit is enough product to restore up to the size of an arm chair. Regarding the sizes of the Binder and Flexifill it is hard to determine without seeing the damages. We would be happy to help you restore your leather ottoman but require a bit more information from you. Would it be possible to send us a couple of photos to help@furnitureclinic.com so we may ascertain the damages and provide you with the proper products and sizes for your leather restoration needs.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

2 years ago

pleomorphic

Which size colorant kit, binder, and flexifill do you suggest for an ottoman approximately 30x36x18 inches in dimension?

2 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Pleomorphic,

Thank you for your email. Our Small Leather Colorant Kit supplies enough product to restore up to the size of a car seat, our Medium Leather Colorant Kit is enough product to restore up to the size of an arm chair. Regarding the sizes of the Binder and Flexifill it is hard to determine without seeing the damages. We would be happy to help you restore your leather ottoman but require a bit more information from you. Would it be possible to send us a couple of photos to help@furnitureclinic.com so we may ascertain the damages and provide you with the proper products and sizes for your leather restoration needs.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

2 years ago

Amanda Seaver

Hello I have three leather couches. I have used leather protection cream on them probably 3-4 times s year however the leather on one of the couches is just starting on the arms to show some scratching not necessarily to the cracking stage yet. My other couch has significant pigmentbliss on the seats, arms, and ottoman but no cracking or scratches. Two of the cushions have some stains in the leather which I made worse when I tried to repair them. My final couch was in rough condition when I bought it but I have done some things to it including sewing up a seam that had lost its stitching. For that couch it dies have significant cracking in one arm and the other arm has some scratching ( not sure of the correct terminology but similar to the scratching in one of the previous couches I mentioned). Any suggestions are appreciated.

2 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Amanda,

We would be happy to help you restore your leather furniture but we require some more information from you to advise you correctly. Would it be possible to send us a photo or two so we can ascertain the damage, and so we may provide you with the proper products to restore your leather furniture?

Please send your photos to help@furnitureclinic.com so we may be able to assist you further.

Best,
Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

2 years ago

Bonnie

Hello,

I just found your site while searching for furniture restoration products, and I like what I see. My couch is about 23 years old and has survived 3 children, 3 dogs, 3 cats and is still in beautiful condition except for minor cracking on the seats and armrests. There is one spot on an armrest and one of the seats that appears to have more extensive cracking. It is not split leather; it is full grain, and I sure wish I had kept up with the conditioning! I would like to send some pictures so that you can recommend the appropriate products and restoration procedures.

Thank you,
Bonnie

2 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Bonnie,

We would be happy to help you restore your leather furniture but we require some more information from you to advise you correctly. Would it be possible to send us a photo or two so we can ascertain the damage, and so we may provide you with the proper products to restore your leather furniture? Also, we need to determine the type of leather you have and ask you to perform our Water Test to see if your leather is absorbent. To do this, put a few drops of water on the surface of your leather in an undamaged area. If the water immediately seeps in and darkens the leather it is absorbent. If the water beads upon the surface and can be wiped away it is non-absorbent.

Please send your photos to help@furnitureclinic.com and let us know the results of your water test so we may be able to advise you further.

Best,
Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

2 years ago

Jack

When is it safe to apply the leather conditioner cream after applying the color balm? I notice that some color gets removed when applying it after I use a hair dryer to dry the balm.

2 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Jack,

Our Leather Re-Coloring Balm is used to renovate the color and all aspects of absorbent type leathers i.e (leather without a finish on top). The only way the color will not become 100% colorfast is if the leather has some type of finish on top. A non-absorbent type leather would require alternative products to restore.

To assist you further please send us a couple of photos to help@furnitureclinic.com so we may advise you with the proper products to restore your non-absorbent type leather.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best,
Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

2 years ago

Christine

Can I use this on a soft vinyl ottoman? I want the piece to be shinier than it is.

2 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Christine,

You can use our Leather Colorant Kit to re-color and re-finish your vinyl ottoman and we would be happy to help you with your restoration needs. Would it be possible for you to send us a couple of photos to help@furnitureclinic.com so we may ascertain any damage and provide you with the proper products you will need.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best,
Furniture Clinic
Customer Service

2 years ago

Gloria

Thank you this was very insightful

2 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Gloria,

We are always happy to hear when our customers find our tutorials to be informative.

If you require any further information or advise please feel free to contact us at help@furnitureclinic.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best,
Furniture Clinic

2 years ago

JIBIN

i would like to open a leather restoration store in india and i am presently into car care business so if you could guide me through the technical side,product details and procedure for this it would be a great help.

2 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Jibin,

Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, you have reached our North American office where we only deal with orders to the United States and Canada. Our United Kingdom Headquarters deals with all orders to the rest of the world so you would need to get in touch with them. Their contact details are as
follows:

Website: www.furnitureclinic.co.uk
Email: enquiries@furnitureclinic.co.uk

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Furniture Clinic


2 years ago

Diane

How do i change the color of my leather sofa from dark green to grey? What supplies do I need? thanks!

2 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Diane,
We would be happy to help you change the color your leather sofa. We definately have the products you will need to re-color your leather sofa. Would it be possible to send us a photo or two to help@furnitureclinic.com so we may provide you with the Proper products and size information you will need for your leather restoration.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Best,
Furniture Clinic

2 years ago

Mishell Osmundson

hi. We have a red/burgundy sofa. After 5 years its still in amazing shape. But the leather has oxidized so much its almost an ugly brown colour. But the leather under the arm rests is still its bright pretty colour. Everythign I read is about darkening leather. I need to lighten it. I'd like the original colour back. Thank you

2 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Mishell,
We would be happy to help you restore your leather furniture but we require some more information from you to advise you correctly. Would it be possible to send us a photo or two so we can ascertain the damage, and so we may provide you with the proper products to restore your leather furniture? Also, we need to determine the type of leather you have and ask you to perform our Water Test to see if your leather is absorbent. To do this, put a few drops of water on the surface of your leather in an undamaged area. If the water immediately seeps in and darkens the leather it is absorbent. If the water beads upon the surface and can be wiped away it is non-absorbent.

Please send your photos to help@furnitureclinic.com and let us know the results of your water test so we may be able to advise you further.
Best,
Furniture Clinic

2 years ago

Rosemarie

I have 2 areas on my leather sofa where the color is gone. It is from my husbands head oil. How can I restore the color?

Thank you.

2 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Rosemarie,
We would be happy to help you restore your leather furniture but we require some more information from you to advise you correctly. Would it be possible to send us a photo or two so we can ascertain the damage, and so we may provide you with the proper products to restore your leather furniture? Also, we need to determine the type of leather you have and ask you to perform our Water Test to see if your leather is absorbent. To do this, put a few drops of water on the surface of your leather in an undamaged area. If the water immediately seeps in and darkens the leather it is absorbent. If the water beads upon the surface and can be wiped away it is non-absorbent.

Please send your photos to help@furnitureclinic.com and let us know the results of your water test so we may be able to advise you further.
Best,
Furniture Clinic

2 years ago

Jo mabey

I have two white leather sofas that have dark areas where you sit because the colour has worn off. These areas are particularly dark. Will the white balm restore these areas to the original white

2 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Jo,
We would be happy to help you restore your white leather sofas but need a bit more information from you. Would it be possible to send us a photo or two so we can ascertain the damage, and so we may provide you with the proper products to restore your leather. Also, regarding our Leather Re-Coloring Balm which is used on absorbent type leather we need to determine the type of leather you have and ask you to perform our Water Test to see if your leather is absorbent. To do this, put a few drops of water on the surface of your leather in an undamaged area. If the water immediately seeps in and darkens the leather it is absorbent. If the water beads upon the surface and can be wiped away it is non-absorbent.

Please send photos to help@furnitureclinic.com and let us know the results of your water test so we may be able to advise you further.
Best,
Furniture Clinic

2 years ago

Pedro Cortes

I own three wood arm chairs, about 100 years old, with bottoms made of dark leather. They are breaking down badly with cracks and discoloring. they need staining and resurfacing. Which is the best approach?

2 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Pedro,
We would be happy to help you restore your leather chairs but we require some more information from you to advise you correctly. Would it be possible to send us a photo or two so we can ascertain the damage, and so we may provide you with the proper products to restore your leather. You can email photos to help@furnitureclinic.com
We look forward to hearing from you
Regards,
Furniture Clinic

2 years ago

Debbie

We bought leather furniture 3 years ago, (supposedly good quality). On the lounger arm rests, right in front, the leather cracked. The leather feels very brittle and different from the other pieces. Is there something I can do? It does not look worn...just cracked.

2 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Debbie,
We would be happy to help you restore your leather furniture but we require some more information from you to advise you correctly. Would it be possible to send us a photo or two so we can ascertain the damage, and so we may provide you with the proper products to restore your leather furniture.
Also, we need to determine the type of leather you have and ask you to perform our Water Test to see if your leather is absorbent. To do this, put a few drops of water on the surface of your leather in an undamaged area. If the water immediately seeps in and darkens the leather it is absorbent. If the water beads upon the surface and can be wiped away it is non-absorbent.

Please send photos to help@furnitureclinic.com and let us know the results of your water test so we may be able to advise you further.

We look forward to hearing from you.
Regards,
Furniture Clinic

2 years ago

Kimberly Donnelly

This is what my leather chairs look like. I'm at a loss. Any suggestions. I'm no looking for perfection just visiblet quality.
Is there a place where I can send pictures?

2 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Kimberly,
We would be happy to help you restore your leather chairs. Would it be possible to send us a couple of photos to help@furnitureclinic.com so we may ascertain the damage and provide you with the proper products you will need.
We look forward to hearing from you.

2 years ago

Steven G. Schassler

I just both an original brown leather Barco lounger from NC a bit dirty at the head (hair oil) area and cracked worn to a lighter brown on the pull out leg/foot part.

I'm not shooting for perfect at all as I like the actual worn-in look but don't want it getting worse.

The "leather re-coloring balm" seems perfect and the chair has a sample piece of the original leather/color attached underneath.

I don't see that product listed above.

I'm permanently disabled and every dollar counts.

What do you suggest I do?

Thank you much. - Steve

2 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hi Steven,
Thank you for your comment. We would be happy to help you restore your leather furniture but we require a bit more information from you. Would it be possible to send us a photo or two so we can ascertain the damage, and so we may provide you with the proper products to restore your leather furniture.
Also, we need to determine the type of leather you have and ask you to perform our Water Test to see if your leather is absorbent. To do this, put a few drops of water on the surface of your leather in an undamaged area. If the water immediately seeps in and darkens the leather it is absorbent. If the water beads upon the surface and can be wiped away it is non-absorbent. Please email photos to help@furnitureclinic.com and let us know the results of your water test.
We look forward to hearing from you.

Best,
Furniture Clinic

3 years ago

Matthew

Can these methods/products be used on leather seats in an automobile as well? The drivers side of my Camaro is fairly worn and I'm looking to sell it later this year.

3 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Matthew,
Yes we absolutely have restoration products for your leather interior for your Camaro. Would it be possible to send us a couple of photos to help@furnitureclinic.com so we can ascertain the damages and provide you with proper products you will need for your leather restoration needs.

3 years ago

Kent

Hello, I have acquired 4 sets of heavy duty leather work horse harness I need to rejuvenate. The harnes was stored inside an Iowa corn crib for 50 + years and surpringly in acceptable condition (hopefully.)
Just dirty, only one tug piece is split but all leather out of the weather the entire time. I power washed clean. Now very dry but clean.
Looking for your advice, thouhts, ideas and recomendations before I tackle this project with your products. Also, which products do you recommend?
My goal is to end up with one or two good harnesses for light work with my American Saddlebred here in the Black Forest, CO.
Looking forward to your response.
Sincerely,
Kent

3 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Kent,
We would be happy to help you restore your leather harnesses but need a bit more information from you. Is it possible for you to send a couple of photos to help@furnitureclinic.com so we may ascertain the damage and provide you with the proper products restore.
We look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regard,

3 years ago

Ingrid E

Hi. I bought a kitchenette table set with a bench and 2 regular chair 6 yrs ago. The material used to wrap the chairs was leather fabric. The fabric started stripping and it looks ugly. Can I use your kit to fix them? I will upload a few pictures for you to see.

3 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Ingrid,
We would be happy to help you with your leather restoration needs. Would it be possible to email us a couple of photos to help@furnitureclinic.com so we can ascertain the damage and provide you with the proper products to restore your leather chairs.
We look forward to hearing from you. Best Regards

3 years ago

Larry Strickland

Hello, we have five cats... probably that is enough said but a couple of them use our white leather 'egg chair', white leather occasional chair and white leather couch as a scratching post. Interestingly, these are three different colors of white. Do you have a product that can help repair the scratch marks/holes made by the cats and that we can use to match the different color whites? Thanks.

3 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Larry,
Thank you for your comment. We would be happy to help you restore your leather furniture but require a bit more information from you. Would it be possible to send us a couple of photos to help@furnitureclinic.com so we may ascertain the damage and provide you with the proper products you will need to restore your leather. We look forward to hearing from you.

3 years ago

Dan

Hello, I have a pool table that has been in storage for nine years. We recently decided to put it back together and found that the tape used to mark the leather pockets once removed also took the top layer of the leather with the color off. Do you feel this is repairable and if so what products to you recommend?

3 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Dan,
Thank you for your comment. We would be happy to help you with your restoration needs but require a bit more information for us to advise you properly. Would it be possible to send us a couple of photos so we can ascertain the damage and provide you with the proper products. You can Email us at help@furnitureclinic.com. We look forward to receiving your photos. Regards,

3 years ago

Alyssa

Hello! I've recently acquired a very old aniline leather couch. The seats and back are very rough, past the point of just cracks. Should I sand the leather before beginning the process of dying and sealing the leather? Will the binder and flexifil be enough for such a rough surface? Thanks for the help in advance!

3 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Alyssa,
We would be happy to help you restore your leather sofa but require a bit more information from you. Would it be possible to send us a couple of photos so we can ascertain the damage. Also we need you to perform our Water Test so we can determine the absorbency of your leather. To do this please drop a few drops of water on an undamaged part of your leather sofa. If it seeps in automatically it is absorbent, if it bead up or just sits there then it is non-absorbent. Please send photos to: help@furnitureclinic.com and let us know the results of your water test so we may provide you with the proper products needed.
We look forward to hearing from you.

3 years ago

Millie

Wow, this article seems to be what I have been looking for! I hope to god that it will work on my leather sofa. Over 2 years ago I bought a very expensive leather sofa, a month later when cleaning it with a damp cloth, the colour started coming off. No help from the place I bought it, manufacturer filed bankruptcy and one attempt to repair it has now caused for the colour to come off even more.
How is it possible for the colour to be coming off just with wiping it with a damp cloth? Would it be possible to repair?
Sofa is dark,blood red, but now due to the colour coming off, I have pinky patches all over the couch. I am too scared to clean the sofa so I keep it covered. Some advice please? I can send some photographs if that would help.

3 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Millie,
We would be happy to help you restore your leather sofa but require a bit more information from you. Would it be possible to send us a couple of photos so we can ascertain the damage. Also we need you to perform our Water Test so we can determine the absorbency of your leather. To do this please drop a few drops of water on an undamaged part of your leather sofa. If it seeps in automatically it is absorbent, if it bead up or just sits there then it is non-absorbent. Please send photos to help@furnitureclinic.com and let us know the results of your water test so we may provide you with the proper products needed.
We look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

3 years ago

Delfina

Hi, I made a guitar strap and I applied a sealer to the natural leather. BUT my nephew would like a black strap. How do I remove the sealer? I used Eco-flo, super shene. I called Tandy leather factory and they told me that it can not be removed. Can you help?

3 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Delfina,

We would be happy to help you restore your leather strap. You will need our Small Leather Colorant Kit which will remove the finish with our Leather Prep. The rest of the product in this Kit will give you everything you need to prepare, recolor, and refinish your leather including all accessories.

If you have any further questions please email us at help@furnitureclinic.com

3 years ago

Linda Lee

How may I post a photo?

3 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hi Linda,

Any photos you'd like to send to us, please email them to help@furnitureclinic.com

3 years ago

Joel Martin

What about peeling off of paint in button and stich areas of my white couch?

3 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hi Joel,

Thank you for your question. In order to advise you more accurately, would you please be able to send some photos of the damaged photos and stitching to help@furnitureclinic.com where one of our representatives will be able to advise you further.

3 years ago

Pam

I would like to recolor my family room coach, loveseat and ottoman. The coach and loveseat have fading as a result of years of sunlight exposure and the ottoman has stains resulting from pet damage.

Please suggest which set of your products can help solve my problem.

3 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hi Pam,

Thank you for your question. With regards to restoring color to faded leather, you would need our Leather Colorant Kit which gives you everything you need to prepare, recolor and refinish the leather. You have the option of choosing your color from the charts on our website or by sending a small sample of leather to us that we can custom color match for your. The size option you would need is Extra Large if you intend on recoloring all three items in full.

With regards to the staining, it is difficult to advise which products are necessary without more information. If you are able to send an email including photographs and description of the stained area to help@furnitureclinic.com we would be more than happy to assist you further.

3 years ago

Bill

I have a soft leather recliner. Large dark spot where my head rests. Tried to remove with Lexol cleaner. Made it worse and dissolved the finish. Left a area of rough surface darker than before I started. Any solutions?
Bill

3 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hi Bill,

Thank you for your question. What you have described sounds like an oil/grease-based stain caused by natural oils when the skin/hair touches the headrest area. In order to diagnose this more accurately, would you please be able to send some photos of the damaged area to help@furnitureclinic.com where we would love to be able to assist you further.

3 years ago

julie

I have a pontoon boat and the leather is just tired from being outside . It does not have any cracking or tears just faded. Is there a DIY product that I can colour it grey or taupe to bring it back to looking new. It is a tired cream right now.
or is it recommended to have professional job.

3 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hi Julie,

Thank you for your question. We certainly do have a DIY product for restoring faded leather; you would need to use our Leather Colorant Kit, which includes everything you need to prepare, recolor and refinish the leather, including all necessary accessories.

If you have any further questions about this product, please email us at help@furnitureclinic.com

3 years ago

flaviu

Hello. My name is Flaviu. I`m from Romania. My leather sofa becomes matte. How can I meke it shiny again? than you

3 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hi Flaviu,

Thank you for your question. We certainly do have products that would fix your problem but you would need to contact our UK Branch as they deal with sales in Europe. You can contact them at enquiries@furnitureclinic.co.uk

3 years ago

Ron

I have used the recloring balm on a set of furniture that had an absorbant leather. It worked great. Now i am trying to get a faded headrest area on a non absorbant leather and it is not penetrating and coming off. it their something i can used to prep thies leather so it will take?

3 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hi Ron,

Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, the Leather Re-Coloring Balm will not work on non-absorbent leathers and there is no approach that would allow this to work. You would need to use our Leather Colorant Kit which is the appropriate product for your leather type. It is a more involved process but is necessary for non-absorbent leather due to the fact that there is a protective coating that needs to be removed then reapplied after coloring.

If there is anything else we can help with, please email us at help@furnitureclinic.com

3 years ago

Uyen

Hi,

I have 8 dinning chairs that are old and some chair leather surfaces are worn, peeling, and cracked. Which product should I use to restore.

3 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hi Uyen,

Thank you for your interest in Furniture Clinic. It would be great if you could take some photos of the damaged leather surfaces and email them to us at help@furnitureclinic.com where one of our Advisers can recommend the best way forward.

3 years ago

thomas wood

I have a sofa, loveseat, and a chair that needs repaired. No tears or scratches, but the surface is cracked and peeling. I am on a strict budget as I am disabled, so I dont want to order more product than I will need. Would you be able to suggest an approximate amount so I dont get too much?

3 years ago

Furniture Clinic

HI
If you send me some photos of the problem areas, I will advise you accordingly on what products to use and what procedures to follow to restore your leather.

help@furnitureclinic.com

3 years ago

Linda

I have a leather sofa n my son spilled nail polish and I use nail polish remover and now the color faded. So.. how can I restore the color?? Can I still restore it or it is a lost cause??

3 years ago

Furniture Clinic

HI
If you send me some photos of the problem areas, I will advise you accordingly on what products to use and what procedures to follow to restore your leather.

help@furnitureclinic.com

3 years ago

nancy mcduffie

I have a leather recliner and over the years the arm rest has gotten dirty and greasy from hands. I tried some liquid leather restorer and now it is worse than ever. Is there any hope for my recliner?

3 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hi Nancy,

Thank you for your interest in Furniture Clinic. I'm confident that we will have products that can remedy your situation, particularly our Leather Degreaser which is specifically designed for the type of stain you mentioned.
In order to advise you further, it would be great if you could take a couple of photos of the stained areas and email them to help@furnitureclinic.com where our customer service specialists can advise you more accurately.

3 years ago

Bcm

We have a Barcalounger and the left arm rest has a spot where it looks like the upper top finish/coating is actually coming off. It may be because of sun or something else but it is not used all that much. We don't have it in the sun either - guessing . I believe it is pigmented leather whether it is a deep chocolate brown with some distressing in it. Which product could I use to try and refinish both armrests too close to the original color and distressed look. Would a picture of the damage help?

3 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hi,

Thank you for your interest in our products. I'm sure we will have what you need to repair the damage you have described but you are absolutely correct that a picture of the furniture would help. This would allow us to recommend the most appropriate products for your needs.

If you could send the picture(s) to help@furnitureclinic.com we will get back to you ASAP with advice on what you need.

3 years ago

E M

Can this be used on aniline leather?

3 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hi E M,

The products used in this tutorial can be used on aniline leather but it should be noted that it would alter the texture and finish of this leather type. This is due to the fact that the color and finish applied would create what is, in effect, a finished (or protected) leather and you would no longer feel the natural softness of an aniline leather.

If you are simply looking to restore color to an aniline leather (and not change color at all) you may be more interested in our Leather Re-Coloring Balm which can be rubbed into your leather type and would retain the natural texture.

If you have any further questions about any of these products, please feel free to email us at help@furnitureclinic.com

3 years ago

John Council

can you tell me the quantity of Leather Binder, Flexifil and Leather Colorant Kit used in achieving the restoration of thie two seater sofa in the example?

3 years ago

Furniture Clinic

HI John.

The quantities of the binder and flexfil used in this tutorial is 250ml. We used a large sized colourant kit to restore the colour.
To ensure that you get the right colour, you can send us a sample of the leather to match the colour for you.

3 years ago

Kim Maloney

The couch arm where my husband lays his head is black
How can I fix that

3 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hi Kim,

The way in which you would solve this depends on the type of stain and the extent of damage. Due to the fact that it is only where your husband lays his head, it sounds like a grease stain caused by natural oils in his hair, and we do have products to fix that. However, to confirm for certain the most appropriate items, could you please email us some photographs of the stained area as this will allow us to diagnose the problem properly and advise of the correct products.

The email address to send to is help@furnitureclinic.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

4 years ago

J H

I have a Top Grain Natural Leather Recliner in a Bronco Colt (rich brown) color. Part of the area behind where your head would rest is faded and has lost its color from an incident where a wet head was rested. Do you have anything that would restore this one area to its original color without having to restore the entire recliner? Thanks.

4 years ago

Furniture Clinic

If color has been faded or removed, there are two ways you can repair color based on your leather type.

Be sure to preform our Water Test to see if your leather is of an absorbent or nonabsorbent quality. To do this, put a few drops of water on the surface of your leather in an undamaged area. If the water immediately seeps in and darkens the leather it is absorbent. If the water beads upon the surface and can be wiped away it is non-absorbent. This represents a layer of finish or a top coat.

You will need either our Leather Colorant Kit to apply new color to these areas of discoloration for non-absorbent leathers: http://www.furnitureclinic.com/Leather_Colorant_Kit.php or Our Recoloring Balm for Non-absorbent leathers: http://www.furnitureclinic.com/Leather_Recoloring_Balm.php.

4 years ago

Toyin Ojo

This is exactly what I need. How do I get the all products.

4 years ago

Furniture Clinic

These items are available for order online or over the phone to be delivered throughout the USA and Canada using Credit Card or Paypal registered in USA/Canada.

4 years ago

J Ann

I have a "golden" brown leather sofa. Can I change the color to navy or chocolate?

4 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hi There
Yes, you can change the color of your leather with our Leather Colorant Kit under the Dyes and Restoration section for leather. We have a color chart you can choose from our standard colors or you can send a nickel sized color sample to us and we can provide custom color matching for you.

Thanks!

4 years ago

Niki

We just got a new used Italian leather couch set. One of the cushions has dried and cracked. Those areas seem to be almost dark blueish in color, the couch is a dark brown. Will this product help restore our couch and address this issue? Thank you.

4 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hi Niki,

The products included in this guide are typically appropriate to restoring dry and cracked leather but the exact products required will depend on the severity of the cracking and the size of the area to be repaired.

What would be useful is if you were able to email some photos of the damage to our customer service email address: help@furnitureclinic.com

We will then be able to advise you more accurately as to which products you should purchase.

Thank you.

4 years ago

Joe

The leather in my car is also hard and dry. What part of this process softens the leather? Or do I need to add a step to soften it?
Thx

4 years ago

Furniture Clinic

Hello Joe

A lack of oils in the leather over time can cause it to dry out and become hard. The best thing to do would be to use our Leather Revive. www.furnitureclinic.com/Leather_Revive.php

When applied to leather, it penetrates the surface, coating each individual fibre with a balanced application of natural oil making the leather much softer.
Apply this after you have used Leather Prep.

Thank you.