How do I restore leather furniture?


Hi , I recently purchased 2 leather recliners and the headrest on one had a huge stain . The owner said there was a mark from sweat ? , hair products ? , she wasn't sure and used saddle soap on it . Any chance of fixing this ? Should I wash the rest of the recliner with saddle soap ? then a conditioner ? Thank you

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  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Jan 15, 2019

    Well I don't think that would hurt it, then go over it with leather conditioner.

    • Carol Harris Carol Harris on Jan 16, 2019

      I use Pledge orange clean on my leather chair, it cleans it really good, use a white cloth and spray the pledge on it, works for me. The stain it just from peoples oil in their hair, it should come off.

  • Ralphy babes Ralphy babes on Jan 15, 2019

    I would get a coloured wax as near as you can it will take time with patience.

  • Chrispyjane.designs Chrispyjane.designs on Jan 15, 2019

    if you wipe with white vinegar you may have luck removing the stain stain completely. I have used it on green leather lounge suite

  • Paul Dempsey Paul Dempsey on Jan 15, 2019

    Lanolin leather cleaner conditioner would work best. There are lots of lanolin products marketed for various uses even hygiene products with lanolin. You will need enough to treat the entire chair. Chances are the stain will get bigger while rubbing it in, so draw it out, especially side to side to dilute the stain and move it across the whole top part and at least it will be even.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 16, 2019

    Hi there,

    If all else fails or is not practical, just cover it with a linen or tapestry headrest seatback that can be frequently washed. Or make a snood from old jumper to cover it.

  • Sal3170064 Sal3170064 on Jan 16, 2019

    If all above fails. Couldn't you dye the chair a darker colour to blend in better with the stain.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jan 16, 2019

    A good cleaner for leather may take it out, but it may stay stained. In that case once you clean the whole chair and use a conditioner on it, I would find something that would look nice on the top section, that is cleanable, would work well to cover it. The staining where the head rests will reoccur, it is just the nature of the leather to absorb most everything.

  • Debbie Debbie on Jan 16, 2019

    You can also paint leather. Check on YouTube. It's easier than you would think and comes out great.

  • DonnaD DonnaD on Jan 16, 2019

    I have purchased dye for leather as well and you can change to a darker colour

  • Theresa Theresa on Jan 16, 2019

    Wow , lots to think about ! Thank you all very much.

  • Karen Karen on Jan 17, 2019

    Looks like the chair needs restuffing. Check to see if there are any hidden zippers. If so, buy quilt batting and wrap around the seat. Use poly-fill for the back cushion. Start by cramming a large amount on the back side only. Keep adding and adding then add some more. For corners, use a ruler to stuff it. Make sure there is plenty of stuffing at the zipper. After it is done the chair will look too puffy and over-stuffed. Don't worry, this will settle down in a few weeks. Make sure you take off all your rings before doing this project as they can come off and get lost.