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Fixing a Faded Leather Couch

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Repairing faded spots on your leather couch may be difficult. Check out some possible solutions on this page. This is a guide about fixing a faded leather couch.


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March 19, 2009

How do you cover or fix faded spots on a leather sofa?

Donna from NJ


March 23, 20090 found this helpful

Have you tried shoe polish? I'd use the solid kind.

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April 14, 20170 found this helpful

Hi, buy the solid shoe paste in the color you need. I do this with my leather jacket as well. Clean the leather well, dry. Do not use conditioner on leather.
Rub in small circle pattern. Let dry, then using an old washcloth, dishtowel, buff the couch/coat, etc. Let hang to dry (if clothing) air dry couch/chair well, rub white cloth over to make sure nothing comes off on cloth. If it does, buff more.

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September 2, 20080 found this helpful

Leather couch arm has faded spots from someone using a towel with Oxy Clean on it. It turned from a dark brown leather to a light brown. A small area needs to be darkened.

KG from Gulf Coast, MS


Banana Peels

Try rubbing them with the inside of a banana skin. It works on leather shoes, so it should work on couch arms. Rub it in and polish off with a soft cloth. (08/26/2008)

By patsand31

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August 15, 20080 found this helpful

I was using these wipes that are meant to clean leather couches, but it seems to be making my couch fade. How do I stop it from fading and how do I get the color back?

Katie from Elkhart, IN


Leather Car Seat Cleaner

I'd try to get something from the store like Armoral cleaner or wipes designed for car leather interiors and seats. Since those types of cleaners or conditioners are meant to help protect and repair auto leather from sun damage. Couldn't hurt, might help. I know the local auto parts place will carry them, but so will Target & Kmart.



By bookgrrl42

Leather Specialist

Leather finishes can be very weak under certain circumstances and using leather wipes that maybe haven't been thoroughly tested under all circumstances can damage the finish and may remove pigment or dye (depending on what type of leather you have). Armoral wipes will probably do even more damage unfortunately. You need now to call in a leather specialist as he will be able to ascertain exactly what has happened and what needs doing to rectify the problem. Please do not try DIY methods as these are very rarely successful and may cause further problems. (11/26/2007)

By Ann

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