Leather Care Products
January 22, 2010 3:43 PM   Subscribe

[Leather Care Filter]: What are some specific products to clean and restore this leather chair?

This leather chair has a variety of problems, probably requiring a variety of fixes.
1) a hair oil stain on the head rest. I guess.
2) cracking on the armrests and some hand oil/ gunk buildup
3) a water or liquid spill on the seat cushion

I've looked at these two old posts for leather care, but any other suggestions are welcome.
I got this chair used and super cheap, so I don't have enough invested in it to take it to a professional restoration place.
Some discoloration is okay with me. I'm more interested in getting it clean.
What home remedies do you suggest?
posted by at the crossroads to Home & Garden (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
saddle soap
posted by Babblesort at 3:53 PM on January 22, 2010

I have had good experience with Leather CPR on my leather desk chair. It's even recommended by Linda Cobb the Queen of Clean :)
posted by netbros at 4:37 PM on January 22, 2010

I and everyone I know in the BDSM community swears by Lexol to care for their sweaty leather.
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 6:44 PM on January 22, 2010

Lexol has renewed some of the nastiest horse equipment I've ever seen.
posted by mmf at 6:49 PM on January 22, 2010

Try Leatherique. It's well-known, in the auto world at least, as being the best.
posted by luckypozzo at 12:19 PM on January 23, 2010

Response by poster: Actually, lots of websites now say saddle soap is terribly bad for leather in the long haul.
I've read a few counter arguments for Lexol also. Downsides include a silicone additive in Lexol that tends to make it sticky and also difficult to remove later.

1) I've tried using cornstarch to remove the hair oil on the headrest without much success. But they say persistence is key to removing oil so I am still at it.

2) I applied 100% mineral spirits to a cotton rag and wiped the armrests until they were damp-ish. Then I scrubbed with a toothbrush. The armrests, experiencing the most wear and neglect, have worn down to the quick. I suppose maybe I was too vigorous in my scrubbing and now I have two small tears (1/8" or less) on the right side where the leather gave way.

3) After wiping the seat cushion with a rag soaked in mineral spirits, the water stain is now completely gone. The color of the leather has gotten much darker, but that's to be expected.

I left it for an hour or so for the mineral spirits to evaporate and then I wiped it with a rag soaked in mineral oil.

I've been looking at other forums for leather reconditioning (mostly for luxury car interiors).
And trying to find ingredient lists for these "leather conditioner products" but I s'pose that's all patented and proprietary information.
posted by at the crossroads at 7:04 PM on January 24, 2010

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