In addition to leather’s complex appearance, it’s durable, easy to care for and cozy. But in case your leather furniture is growing the stains and creases of age and wear, it may start to drop some of its attractiveness. Luckily, cracked, worn leather is generally fixable. You may hire expert leather restorers to fix your furniture, either in a shop or at your own home. This costs approximately $400 to $1,200 due to 2012, based on the magnitude of the furniture and the extent of the damage. You may also fix your damaged furniture for less using a leather repair kit.
Create a solution of warm water and a few drops of dishwashing detergent. Dip a cloth in the solution and wring out it loosely. Rub the entire damaged area on your furniture. Rinse your fabric and continue to rub the surface with more cleaning solution till it is completely clean. Rinse your fabric again and rub it on the leather surface to remove any soap. Let the surface dry completely.
Apply rubbing alcohol into a lint-free cloth or a paper towel and rub on the damaged area to remove any conditioners or residue that may be on the surface. Let it dry completely.
Apply a thin coat of leather repair chemical to the damaged surface, using a palette knife along with the spreading instrument that came with your kit. Spread the chemical 1/2 inch past the area surrounding the damaged section. Make the surface as smooth as you can, using the palette knife or a dampened finger. Permit the repaired area dry completely. Repeat this procedure one to four times. Permit each application to dry completely between coats, till you’re delighted with the outcome.
Dampen a thin cloth with rubbing alcohol and smooth it over the repaired area to even out any rough spots. Verify the fabric is completely saturated in alcohol to prevent damaging the repair. Use 600-grit sandpaper to lightly sand the repaired area, if desired.
Wipe away any sanding dust in the repair. Apply a light coat of dye colorant, using a foam applicator. After the colorant is dry to the touch, then add a second and third coat, if needed. Permit the colorant to dry between each coat.
Spray a last coat of colorant on the leather, if desired. Allow it to dry for 24 hours.
Apply a leather conditioner and sealer into the repaired area and the surrounding area.