How to Repair the Color of Leather Furniture

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How to Repair the Color of Leather Furniture
You may need to re-colour your leather furniture with a leather balm in order to restore its original colour. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Though it adds quality and beauty to your home, leather furniture is an expensive investment. Whether your leather furniture is a classic brown or finished in a more contemporary colour, such as red, over time, the colour of your leather furniture can fade, losing its vibrant lustre. In order to repair the colour of a piece of leather furniture, you should clean away any dirt and debris in addition to performing a colour restoration with a colour balm or compound.

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Things you need

  • Warm water
  • Non-bleach-containing dish soap
  • Clean cloths
  • Leather re-colouring balm or compound

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  1. 1

    Mix together a solution of 1 cup of warm water and 1 tbsp of gentle, non-bleach dish soap.

  2. 2

    Apply the solution to a clean, soft cloth and gently scrub any areas of the furniture that are dirty or stained.

  3. 3

    Wipe the scrubbed area again with another clean, damp cloth and allow the furniture to dry completely. Try to avoid getting too much water on the furniture.

  4. 4

    Purchase a leather re-colouring balm or compound that is suitable for your leather furniture. If you are unsure what type of compound to purchase, contact a leather and upholstery store in your area and ask for advice. You will need to know the colour of the leather you want to restore and whether your leather furniture is finished or unfinished.

  5. 5

    Apply the leather compound or balm to a soft cloth. Using the cloth, rub the coloured balm or compound into the leather in a circular motion, making sure that you cover the entire surface of the furniture.

  6. 6

    Buff the leather furniture with a clean cloth, making sure that the colour has completely penetrated the leather and looks even.

  7. 7

    Allow the furniture to dry for at least 24 hours before using it.

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