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How to Get Creases Out of Leather Seats

Updated July 20, 2017

Nothing smells or looks as opulent and fresh as leather seats. Leather feels good and it wears well, which is why it is used to make seats for home furniture and cars. Leather requires only minimum care to keep it looking new and vibrant. After some time, even the best-made leather seats will begin to show wear and tear. One of the more troubling problems with worn leather is creasing. You can fix this at home by yourself.

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  1. Smooth out the area that is creased with the palms of your hands. Get an idea of how large the creased area is and choose the size of the bag based on that.

  2. Plug your iron into a working electrical socket. Find the lowest setting on your iron and preheat it to that setting.

  3. Take the paper bag and lay it on the area that is creased. Flatten it with your hand as much as possible.

  4. Place the iron on the paper bag and move it slowly over the creased areas. Do this two or three times, being careful not to allow the iron to remain in one place for too long.

  5. Tip

    Avoid getting the creases by taking some preventive measures. Try to keep the sun from hitting the seats any more than necessary. If this is in your car, park in shady areas or use shades on the windows. For furniture, get sun reducing curtains or close the shades when the sun is coming in. Open the windows or use your air conditioning on very hot days. Heat makes the leather swell and when it shrinks back can cause wrinkles. Use leather conditioner four or five times a year to keep the natural moisture within the leather. You should use this on leather coats and boots, as well.


    Never use chemicals on the leather unless specifically meant for leather items.

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Things You'll Need

  • Iron
  • Paper bag

About the Author

Sherry Feder

Based in New Hope, Penn., Sherry Feder has been writing computer-related articles since 1987. Her work has appeared in “Inc.” and “Business 2.0” magazines and online at Wired. Feder received the John Goldenberg Award in 2006. She holds a Bachelor of Science in management information systems from the University of Central Florida.

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