How to refinish a leather sofa

Written by heather preston | 13/05/2017
How to refinish a leather sofa
Leather sofas are luxurious additions to any home. (brown leather furniture image by Leonid Nyshko from

Leather sofas are loved by many because of their luxurious appearance and long-lasting comfort. With proper care and maintenance, leather sofas can last for years without any major renovations. On the other hand, if leather sofas are not properly cared for over time, they can crack and dry out. A brittle, dry sofa can become uncomfortable to sit on and will require some restoration. Refinishing a leather sofa is the best way to bring it back to life.

Wet a piece of medium-grit sandpaper and run it over the entire surface of your leather sofa. Press gently, and pay special attention to areas where dirt and grime has accumulated. Wipe off the surface with a clean, dry cloth after sanding.

Repair any cracks in the sofa with crack filler that matches the colour of the sofa. Follow manufacturer's instructions for filling cracks. Repair stains on the sofa with a leather cleaner. Use a soft-bristle brush to scrub the stains until they are lifted from the sofa.

Rinse the bristle brush thoroughly. Follow manufacturer's instructions for dye preparation. In a circular motion, rub in the dye with the soft bristle brush. Use two coats if necessary to restore leather to its original colour. Allow dye to dry for 48 hours before using the sofa.

Use a soft cloth to apply leather polish. Rub polish thoroughly in a circular motion. Continue to rub in polish until the sofa returns to its original lustre.

Things you need

  • Sandpaper
  • Leather cleaner
  • Leather polish
  • Leather dye
  • Leather crack filler
  • Soft-bristle brush
  • Cloth

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