Leather furniture can absolutely change from pretty to gorgeous the look and feel of any home; as upholstery material, leather works wonder at making any space looks elegant and comfortable. However, this excellent material can sometimes be subject to more abuse than it is able to handle; crack and eventually peel are two of the main damages you can notice in your piece of furniture over time.
Luster and flexibility are some of the features your couch loses due to water and sun damage, this leads to hardening and ultimately breaking apart of the fabric. Leather start to peeling, and this is what causes your couch’s finish and color start to come off, fortunately there are amazing ways to make repair damaged leather furniture. The following are some DIY steps you can do in order to solve that problem you are having with your pieces of furniture upholstered with leather; if well- executed you can reach to almost imperceptible repair results that will give your couch the opportunity to keep performing at its best.
Materials & tools required
- Scrub brush
- Leather cleaner
- Leather cleaning cloth, or a high- quality microfiber cloth
- Hair dryer
- A pair of tweezers
- Sandpaper (200- grit/ 400-grit)
- Leather dye
- Rubber gloves
- Damp cloth
- Leather sealer
Step #1: inspect your couch’s upholstery
In order to notice any forthcoming issues before you start your DIY project, make sure to inspect the leather around those areas that are peeling in your couch; this is important due to the fact that it will be more efficient for you to patch up your couch’s problems at once, plus doing it this way ensures that all the repairs will perfectly match. Strive to carefully inspect your couch by sitting on it and check whether the cushions have that peeling or flaking look under weight.
Step #2: clean that are of your couch that needs to be fixed
Cleaning before the repair contributes to show the real leather color, and so you can make a proper color match with the leather dye. To accomplish this step, you will need to use a high- quality cleaner that does not have any oils or wax additives; you will also need a leather cleaning cloth or a high- quality microfiber cloth, in this way you ensure that the microfiber cloth pull the soil into the cloth, this is something that a lesser quality cloth cannot do because it will push the solid around instead. Let the area dry, if you want to speed the drying process then you can use a hair dryer to speed up the area drying.
Step #3: remove the loose finish, try not to create more damage
Use a pair of tweezers to pick off and clean the loose finish, and once the area is cleaned up, rub the surface with 400-600 grit sandpaper lightly to remove all of the damaged leather on your couch. Be gently while doing this, then remove debris with a towel, spray on leather prep spryer and make sure you totally wipe off any fine dust.
Step #4: shake it & mix it up
Start this step by mixing the leather repair solution with the right leather dye in an empty container, make sure you mix one or more colors just to reach the tone best matches your entire couch color. Do a test of this repair solution on an unnoticeable area, for instance the back of the couch near one of the legs, this is just to make sure the colors match the leather. Now, shake the container and apply the leather repair solution to worn or cracked surface; push the leather dyes into the material with a rubber glove, in order to get the maximum absorption. Let the repaired area dry, you can use once again a hair dryer to speed the dying process.
Step #5: coating time
once you have filled the entire damaged section with the repair solution, wipe excess off with a damp cloth and inspect the color; of course, it needs to be the tone you want and the overall look of the repair has to be the one that makes you happy. You will probably need to apply a second or third coats of leather dye to the surface, be sure to let each coat dry before applying the next one; next, you should apply leather sealer as the final coat to the just repaired area surface and let it dry.
At FinishBuild we do believe in giving your home elements a new version and get the best from them; however, if you feel that after repairing and dyeing your piece of furniture, you will have to face the same fate you were dealing with when you started noticing the damages in your couch, then the most advisable step to male is to reupholster or replace such piece of furniture.