Leather is a versatile and durable material, widely used for accessories, jackets, 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 care and environmental influences such as dust, sunlight oils and water. Are these signs of wear and tear showing up on your leather?
Here are six leather restoration tips:
Leather restoration starts with cleaning the surface of the leather. Remove any dirt, debris, or surface stains with a leather cleaning product. Never use a regular household cleaner on leather. Apply the cleaning product to the surface of the leather using a circular motion, making thin, even strokes. Wipe it off with a clean lint-free towel.
Scratch Reduction on Leather Items
Finished leather, which is commonly used in furniture, may become scratched with pet claws, jewelry, and other sharp items. To restore or reduce scratched leather, use Leather Honey to recondition the area, restore lost moisture, and camouflage scratches or marks. We advise testing in a discreet area first and applying Leather Honey to the entire piece – instead of spot treating – as conditioning can darken some leather. The original color often returns over time.
Aside conditioning to repair damage, leather needs to be conditioned regularly to restore lost moisture and keep the fibers flexible, preventing damage. Apply Leather Honey Leather Conditioner to the leather surface in thin coats, using a lint-free cloth, paint brush, foam sponge or even you hands. Allow the conditioner to absorb for at least 2 hours (preferably 24) and wipe off any excess conditioner using a clean lint-free cloth.
Faded Leather Repair
Due to exposure to sunlight or just general wear over time, the original color of leather may fade. Leather fades as it becomes dry. To restore this, apply Leather Honey. Leather Honey can help bring back the lost color. Again, we recommend applying to the entire piece rather than spot treating.
Fill or Patch Holes in Leather
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 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 in this case.
Water Damaged Leather Repair
Restoring a water-damaged leather item 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.
If you've used Leather Honey, we'd love to see the results.