How to fix a wrinkled leather chair

Updated November 21, 2016

Leather furnishing can lend an upscale air to any decor. Chic and luxurious, quality leather sofas and chairs are designed to last for decades -- but only if they are properly cared for. Over time, soft, pliable leather can begin to wrinkle. This is a common problem with leather chairs, in particular, as fidgeting guests and frequent use quickly leads to creases. Wrinkles and creases can be steamed out or the material can be pulled and stretched, but the simplest way of removing winkles is by shrinking the leather through the direct application of dry heat.

Pour half a cup of distilled white vinegar into a large bowl. Add 1 cup of neat's-foot oil, which is found in hardware of pet supply stores. Stir well until the two are thoroughly blended. Apply the mixture to the chair with a soft, lint-free cloth. Rub gently to remove any dirt or debris. Buff with a clean cloth to remove any excess solution.

Turn a hair dryer to its highest, hottest setting. Hold the nozzle approximately 6 to 8 inches away from any visible creases, folds or furrows. Move the dryer down the length of the affected area, sweeping it gently back and forth, until the wrinkles vanish. Be patient. The deeper the wrinkles, the longer it will take to remove them.

Plug in an iron, and adjust the setting to low. While the iron warms up, cover any remaining wrinkles with a thick cotton cloth or a sheet of brown wrapping paper. If you do not have brown wrapping paper, substitute a paper grocery bag that has been cut in half to form a single layer.

Press the iron lightly against the protective barrier. Move the iron across the affected area using small, swift strokes. Keep the iron in constant motion; do not let it rest or press too powerfully against the wrinkles. Check your progress periodically. The heat should smooth the material, effectively removing any creases.


Always test an untried method in an inconspicuous area prior to making a more general application.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • Large bowl
  • 1 cup neat's-foot oil
  • Soft, lint-free cloths
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • Cotton cloth or brown wrapping paper
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About the Author

Lisa Parris is a writer and former features editor of "The Caldwell County News." Her work has also appeared in the "Journal of Comparative Parasitology," "The Monterey County Herald" and "The Richmond Daily News." In 2012, Parris was honored with awards from the Missouri Press Association for best feature story, best feature series and best humor series.