Leather furniture needs periodic reconditioning to keep it looking and feeling like new. As leather ages, it loses moisture, which can lead to cracks and obvious wear. Never use water or household cleaners that are not specified for use on leather, as they can cause more damage. Instead, add oil to the leather to recondition it. Use either pure mink oil or a specially formulated leather conditioning product, found at furniture retailers and sporting goods stores.
Apply a small amount of leather cleaner in a small patch of leather near the underside of the couch and wait for it to dry to make sure it leaves a desirable appearance.
Disassemble the furniture, if applicable, by removing cushions or other removable pieces.
Wipe off the cleaner with a dry microfiber cloth.
Apply leather conditioner with a damp microfiber cloth or with the buffing or polishing pad of a rotary tool. Rub the surface with a circular motion with the cloth, working the conditioner into the leather and wiping off any excess as you go. If using the rotary power tool, use a low speed and move the tip across the surface in multiple directions.
Allow the conditioner to absorb for a few hours before use.
Tips & Warnings
- If your furniture has multiple pieces, clean and condition each part completely before moving on to the next piece.
- After cleaning the leather, you can use mink oil rather than a commercial leather conditioner.
Things You'll Need:
- Leather cleaner
- 3 microfiber cloths
- Leather conditioner
- Rotary tool with buffing and polishing accessories
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