Leather is a versatile and durable material, which is widely used for accessories, clothing, and furniture, among other things. However, just like any other material, leather is also prone to wear and tear. It may fade in color or dry out and crack over time. This is due to lack of proper leather care and environmental influences such as dust, sunlight oils and water, oils, and other things. Are these signs of wear and tear showing up on your leather? Here are six leather restoration tips to revive your leather.
Leather restoration starts with cleaning the surface of the leather. Remove any dirt, debris, or surface stains with a leather cleaning product. Commercial leather cleaners, like Leather Honey Leather Cleaner, are preferably used to clean the leather surface. 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. An environment-friendly alternative is to use a mixture of 1 cup mink oil and ½ cup vinegar.
2. Scratch Reduction
Finished 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 Leather Honey Leather 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.
Aside from leather conditioning to repair damage, leather needs to be conditioned regularly to restore lost moisture and keep the fibers flexible, preventing damage. For optimal result, use an all-natural, premium leather conditioner, such as Leather Honey. To start leather restoration and conditioning, apply Leather Honey 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.
4. Fade Repair
Due to exposure to sunlight or just a general wear over time, the original 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 than spot treating. If you need to add additional color, leather color balm is available in a wide variety of colors and shades, which match every original color of the leather.
5. 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, then 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. Sound intimidating? We admit, this is no easy fix. It may be best to consult a professional!
6. Water damage repair
Restoring water-damaged leather can be a tough job but manageable. 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 the life of your leather goods with proper leather care, Leather Honey leather care products can help. Take a look at some of our before & after leather restoration pictures.