- Cleaning: Leather restoration starts with cleaning the surface of the leather. Remove any dirt, debris, or surface stains with a leather cleaning product. Apply the cleaning product to the surface of the leather using a circular and steady motion, making thin, even strokes. Then wipe it off with a clean, lint-free towel with the same motion.
- Scratch reduction: Finishing leather, which is commonly used in furniture, may become scratched with pet claws, jewelry, and other sharp items. While it might be easy to search for how to repair a leather couch on the internet, to properly restore scratched leather,use conditioner to recondition the area, restore lost moisture, and camouflage scratches or marks. We advise testing in a discreet area first and applying leather conditioner to the entire piece - instead of spot treating - as conditioning can darken some leather. The original color often returns over time.
- Conditioning: Aside from leather conditioning to repair damage, leather needs to be conditioned regulary to restore lost moisture and keep the fibers flexible, preventing damage. For optimal results, use an all-natural, premium leather conditioner. To start leather restoration and conditioning, apply de product to the leather surface in thin coats, using a lint-free cloth, paint brush, foam sponge or even your hands. Allow the conditioner to absorb for at least two hours (preferably 24). Then, wipe off any excess conditioner using a clean lint-free cloth.
- Fade repair: Due to exposure to sunlight or just a general wear over time, the orginal color of leather may fade. Leather fades as it becomes dry. To restore leather, apply leather honey to the faded area on the leather's surface. Leather honey will bring back the lost color. Again, we recommend applying to the entire piece rather then spot trating. If you need to add additional color, leather color balm is available in a wide variety of colours and shades, which match every original color of the leather.
- Fill or Patch: Patches or fillers are used to rectify minor damages on the leather's surface. Apply the filler to the leather using a palette knife in a thin layer continuously until the hole levels up to the leather surface, the let it dry. If the leather damage needs a patch, apply a considerable amount of adhesive to the edges of the patch, and stick it to the leather canvas. Make sure that the patch is fitted tightly into the leather and fill the edges with the filler.
- Water damage repair: Restoring water-damage leather can be a tough job but manegable. If the leather is soaked in water, the best way to keep it dry is to wipe the water using a dry cloth. Avoid using heat to dry the wet surface as it will only cause further damage. Time is the best remedy, followed by leather honey. Water damage can leave leather dry and brittle, so you'll want to restore lost moisture by conditioning.
Whether you need to restore a leather couch or want to elongate then life of your leather goods with porper leather care.