How to Maintain Distressed Leather

What You'll Need
Soft Cloths
Leather conditioner

Distressed leather is leather which looks worn and aged giving it a distinctive worn out look. Usually it features more creases as it has been purposely artificially made to look older and rougher. This type of leather is mostly used in couches and other furnishings in rustic and cottage settings. Maintaining this type of leather is very important so as to keep it in a good condition and to prolong its life. Here we shall discuss what you should do to maintain distressed leather.

Step 1: Regularly Wipe the Leather

It is very important to regularly wipe distressed leather. Since this type of leather purposely features imperfections such as creases, it is more prone to the accumulation of dirt and dust in such places. Hence, it is crucial to wipe distressed leather on a regular basis with a soft, damp cloth.

Step 2: Prepare a Cleaning Solution

Occasionally you should clean the leather with a suitable cleaning solution. You may opt to purchase specialized leather cleaning products or else to make a homemade cleaning solution. This is easily done by mixing some detergent in a bowl of warm water. Make sure to use a very mild kind of detergent in such a case.

Step 3: Cleaning Your Leather

Immerse a soft cloth into the cleaning solution you prepared and start to apply it onto the leather. Rub gently to help the leather absorb the cleaning solution.

Step 4: Rinse

Afterwards use another cloth to rinse the leather by sponging clear water onto it. Make sure to remove soapy remains which might negatively effect the leather if left there for a prolonged period of time.

Step 5: Wipe

Once ready you need to wipe the leather dry with a soft towel.

Step 6: Treating Stains

Occasionally you may experience problems such as stains or spillages on the leather. In such a case you need to act immediately so as to avoid the dirt from having enough time to be absorbed in the leather. Some detergent might do the job if the stain is not overly problematical, but in more delicate cases you may need to use a specialized stain remover. In more extreme cases you might need to ask the help of a professional upholsterer who will be more knowledgeable on how to best deal with the stain.

Step 7: Applying Wax and Leather Conditioners

It is also important to apply wax to distressed leather on a regular basis. Wax will provide the leather with a suitable amount of moisture which will help the material’s components to be nourished inherently. Besides, the leather will look shinier and better. There are also specific products such as leather conditioners which can help you maintain your distressed leather in good condition.

Remember to test the cleaning product on a small area of the leather first to make sure it will not ruin it in any way. The same is true even of specialized products that are intended for use on leather.