Renovate an old leather armchair

Renovate an old leather armchair

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Subjected to the alternation of hot and cold, adored by cats who make their claws there, manhandled by children, the leather armchairs, so deep and so comfortable, lead a difficult life! To make them flexible and shiny, even to reduce scratches, here are some simple and effective tips…

I - For a simple maintenance

The best is, of course, to maintain your leather seats fairly regularly. Flexible and well nourished, they will be less sensitive, especially to water spots. 1 Sprinkle a flannel cloth with talc. 2 Dab the entire surface of the chair well and allow to penetrate. 3 Meanwhile, prepare a mixture based on turpentine in which you grate natural beeswax in the proportion of two-thirds to one-third. 4 Vacuum the excess talc. 5 Let the wax melt, or better, slightly heat the mixture on the electric plate. Please note, turpentine is very flammable, in no case should you perform this operation on gas. 6 With a flat brush, pass the cooled mixture over all the leather. 7 Let dry 24 hours, then polish with a soft, dry cloth.

II - For deep cleaning

Unearthed in a flea market or in the attic, the leather armchairs are often very dirty. 1 In a container, mix 3 measures of warm water for 1 measure of white vinegar. Soak a cloth and clean the leather. 2 Let it dry well and then, using a lint-free cloth, soak the leather in pure lanolin oil. Leather darkens? Do not panic, it will resume its original color as soon as it is "fed" and dry. 3 The next day, polish with a dry, soft cloth.

III - Reduce scratches

Cats particularly like to claw on the armrests ... But time is also the enemy of this fragile skin, especially if it is not softened by maintenance. 1 Gently wash the damaged area with warm, soapy water. 2 Let it dry before rendering the original shade with a special leather dye or walnut husk. 3 You can also use a small pumice stone to soften the edges of the scrapes, then apply shoe polish.

IV - Restore cracked leather

The lack of maintenance very often transforms leather armchairs into old, cracked skin ... not very aesthetic! -Simple and inexpensive: use a cleansing milk or baby milk that you will pass in several layers, until the leather has found a certain suppleness. Polish after drying. -You can also apply several layers of petroleum jelly oil. Let dry at least 24 hours between two coats, then let it shine. -Grained leathers are a little more difficult to recover. Put on gloves, mix a third of glycerin and two thirds of methylated spirits, then apply this mixture with a soft brush. Know-how - home decor © La maison rustique - éditions Flammarion, 2006