What to Know About How to Restore Dry Leather
Make sure your living room is a showplace by calling the experts at Creative Colors International to learn how to restore dry leather and prevent future damage.
Real leather furniture is a premium, top-of-the-line option for furnishing your home. It is durable, comfortable, and easy to clean. It can endure the wear and tear of a busy family and their pets. While leather furniture has a high price tag, it can withstand the test of time and lasts longer than fabric furniture. It’s also a neutral color, which makes it a versatile option for homeowners who like to add a variety of accents.
Leather has been used for furniture as early as ancient Egypt, where it was used to create chairs. Historians believe the first leather couch hails from Greece in the 7th century, but the popularity of leather furniture really achieved its heyday starting in the 1960s when advances in technology made it more affordable and trendy.
Even premium leather furniture can get damaged over time. That’s where CCI’s service technicians can help. Our technicians can come to your home or office to fix cracks, rips, tears, burns, scratches, and fading. Cracking is a common problem with leather furniture. Over time, dirt and oil from regular wear and tear soak into the top coating of leather and break down the surface dye, which can lead to cracking.
While there are steps you can take to prevent cracking from happening, once your leather furniture is showing its age, you need help from a professional. CCI’s trained technicians will come to your home or business and use leather filler to fix cracks and re-dye your sofa to look like new. Depending on the extent of the damage, one of our technicians may choose to replace the leather in the damaged area to solve the problem.
How to Prevent Cracking
A leather sofa can be expected to last at least 25 years if it receives the proper care. Although it is hardy, your leather furniture requires regular attention to make sure it stays in tip-top shape. CCI has some leather care tips on how to restore dry leather and keep your furniture looking like it just came off the showroom floor.
- At least once a week, take time out of your busy schedule to clean your leather furniture. Use a soft cloth to clean any dirt and debris off your sofa. Use the soft brush on your vacuum to clean the hard-to-reach places.
- Wipe down the sofa with a damp cloth and dry it.
- Every four weeks, apply a gentle leather cleaner to the sofa after you wipe it down with a damp cloth. CCI offers a leather care kit with environmentally safe cleaners that will not damage your leather.
- We recommend applying a leather conditioner to hydrate your leather furniture at least every two months. Leather conditioner will prevent your furniture from future cracking.
- Take a look at the positioning of your furniture in your living room. Direct exposure to sunlight can increase the likelihood of fading and cracking. You may be able to prevent future problems simply by rearranging the furniture.
- Make sure never to clean leather with any household chemicals, including mineral spirits, turpentine, and other petroleum distillates. It’s also a good idea not to use silicone products, waxes, or other leather preparations that can impair your product’s ability to “breathe.”
Request a Free Quote
If your leather sofa needs a makeover, request a free quote from CCI to learn how to restore dry leather. Our technicians offer leather restoration services to get the job done and give you advice for making sure your leather furniture remains in great condition.