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Fixing Cracked Leather?

The arm of my la-z-boy that is closest to the window has gotten too much sun and now the leather is dry and cracking. How do I fix it?

Once it’s cracked, it’s over for real leather. There are products to fill in cracks and holes for vinyl, but none for actual leather that I know of.

Leather typically comes in different types for furniture; there should be an indicator that’s a single letter. Flip it over and see if the tag says what kind of leather it is, by letter or by name. Then, take yourself to a furniture store or google and look for conditioning/cleaning kits for that leather type. There will typically be both a soap and a moisturizing product, usually with an ink remover included. Cleaning and moisturizing it should making the cracking less obvious, and should restore some suppleness. You’re supposed to give the leather surfaces (typically not the whole chair, in “leather everywhere you touch” schemes) a cleaning and moisturizing every 90 to 180 days.

[quote]Nonleg wrote:
Once it’s cracked, it’s over for real leather. There are products to fill in cracks and holes for vinyl, but none for actual leather that I know of.

Leather typically comes in different types for furniture; there should be an indicator that’s a single letter. Flip it over and see if the tag says what kind of leather it is, by letter or by name. Then, take yourself to a furniture store or google and look for conditioning/cleaning kits for that leather type. There will typically be both a soap and a moisturizing product, usually with an ink remover included. Cleaning and moisturizing it should making the cracking less obvious, and should restore some suppleness. You’re supposed to give the leather surfaces (typically not the whole chair, in “leather everywhere you touch” schemes) a cleaning and moisturizing every 90 to 180 days.[/quote]

What about leather jackets?

Thanks pal.

ProDoc,

Try the dry-cleaners.

[quote]beebuddy wrote:
Thanks pal.

ProDoc,

Try the dry-cleaners.[/quote]

I was specifically speaking to the leather expert, my pseudoephedrine hoarding comrade.

““I was specifically speaking to the leather expert, my pseudoephedrine hoarding comrade.””

Consider it a bump Dr.

You’re welcome. :slight_smile: