How To Restore Faded Leather?

Leather tends to fade away over time. No matter if it is your clothing, shoes, furniture, or a decorative piece. After some time, due to sunlight, moisture, or dust, your leather piece can fade away.

If you want to keep using your leather piece, you should know how to restore faded leather. In the market, you will find different kinds of leather balm and dye available. Using them on clean leather, you can restore your faded leather. Also, you can go for leather dye.

Before you apply leather balm or dye, a few steps need to be followed. Using this process, you can restore any piece of leather you have. Even after patching, you will need to take some precautionary steps for it to last longer.

How To Clean Leather

To restore the leather, you have to clean it first. The market has a variety of cleansers to offer. On the other hand, if you want to, you can also use some home remedies to clean your leather before restoring it.

Store-bought leather cleaner

First, take a piece of cloth and gently remove the dust from the surface of the leather. Now with the help of a sponge or a cloth, apply the leather cleaner gently. This will take away all the oil build-ups or any stain on the leather.

Homemade remedy

For homemade remedies, you will need the following ingredients.

  • A piece of cloth
  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Bowl
  • Sponge scrubber

Firstly, take that piece of clean cloth and clean the dust from the leather. Wet the cloth. Make sure to rinse the water properly.

Now scrub off the easy stains. If you find any rough stain, put some baking soda over it. Keep it there for an hour at least. In a bowl, mix vinegar and water in the same proportion. Soaking the sponge scrubber in, rub on the spot. You will find the stain gone.

In the same way, you will have to get rid of the stain from the wrinkles. Leather wrinkles have a reputation for holding debris. Rub the sponge on the wrinkles in a circular motion.

If the crease is stubborn, you can use edible oils like coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, etc., on the wrinkle. This oil will help to loosen up the stain on the ruffle and will be easier for you to remove with the help of vinegar and water.

After the stain is gone, wipe off the whole leather surface with the help of a dry cloth. In this way, you got yourself a clean leather piece. It is ready to hold the following process of restoration.

Restoration Of Faded Leather

Before starting the restoration of the faded leather, you have to fulfill some conditions. Here are a few pointers.

  • Original leather: For this process to work, make sure that you are working with genuine leather. You can identify natural leather by the smell and texture of the piece.
  • Clean surface: To apply any kind of dye or balm, the surface of your leather has to be clean. Make sure there is no stain,  dirt, or debris left. Even the wrinkle has to be clean.
  • The absorbance of leather: The dye or the balm applied to your leather will actually be inside the leather rather than on the surface. For this, the absorbency of the leather is essential.

To check the absorbance of your leather, put a drop of water on the leather surface. If the water is absorbed, it is ready to be dyed.

Applying Dye Or Balm

After fulfilling all the following conditions, your leather is ready to be dyed. Dying of leather can be done in three easy steps.

Step 1:

From a variety of hues, choose the right color for your leather. To choose the right color to apply the dye or the balm on a less visible area. Before confirming the color wait a while for the deoxidation.

In this way, you can choose the perfect color for restoring your leather collection.

Step 2:

Apply the dye or the balm on the leather surface.

Take a small amount at a time. With a clean piece of white cloth or sponge, apply it on the leather surface. The application must be made in a circular motion. Make sure the dye gets on the wrinkle areas.

For getting a darker shade of the color, apply two or more layers of coating the darker the shade gets.

Step 3:

After the coloring is done, give some resting time. When you see that the color has stabilized, wipe with a white cloth to ensure that the color is not getting off the leather.

After checking the color, if everything is ok, your restoration has been completed. Your old leather piece has turned into a new one!

Taking Care Of Your Leather

To keep your leather viable for a longer time, take proper care of it. Keep it away from direct sunlight if possible. Also, avoid getting it wet as much as possible.

Regularly clean and condition it with a mixture of vinegar and edible oil. Mix 3 tbsp of vinegar and 5 to 10 drops of oil. Apply this mixture on the given proportion on your leather gently.

This will give good conditioning and a shiny new look to any leather surface.

Final Words

Leather is a very delicate material. Over time, it gets wrinkled and stained. If it is a small item like a bag, belt, jacket, shoes, or a small decorative piece, you can easily replace it with a new one. It might not cost you much money, but replacing it will cost you a lot if it is a large piece like a sofa. Not only that but restoring it by professionals will also cost you a fortune!

Knowing how to restore faded leather will save you from this extra cost. It can be done quickly in your home on the weekend. Take care of your leather items so that they last long.

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