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Restoring Colour to a Faded Leather Sofa

Posted on June 2, 2017

by Furniture Clinic

Leather sofas can often become faded due to age, wear or excess sunlight.

The way in which you will restore the colour of the leather will depend on the type of leather you’re working with.

Before you start! Pour a drop of water onto an undamaged area of leather and rub it in with your finger. If the leather darkens and the water soaks in, the leather is absorbent.

If the leather is not absorbent, please read our ‘How to Restore Leather’ guide.

If it is absorbent, please keep on reading…


This image was sent in by a customer after she restored the colour to her sofa using our Leather Re-Colouring Balm

Aniline and Pull Up leathers are both extremely absorbent as they have very little to no lacquered finish applied after dying.

This lacquered finish can often act as a protective barrier so these types of leather, commonly used on sofas and other furnishings, tend to be more difficult to care for as they stain and fade easily.

If the colour on your leather sofa has started to fade, we recommend you use our Leather Recolouring Balm.

The Leather Re-colouring Balm renovates the colour and aspect of all absorbent leather items both old and new. There are 21 colours formulated for use on leather from a dark to light shade.

It works great at restoring colour to areas that have been exposed to sunlight or direct heat and is ideal for colouring cat scratches, dried out and faded areas.

The Leather Re-colouring Balm is 100% absorbs into your leather so will not rub off onto any clothes.

Only one application is necessary. With use, the leather will fade again but this can be reduced by using the Leather Protection Cream. The Leather Re-colouring Balm is generally re-applied once every three years.


Recommended by Real Homes magazine


Real Homes magazine recommends our Leather Re-Colouring Balm

Customer Results

Our Leather Recolouring Balm has proved to be a customer favourite with many sharing their fantastic results on our social pages for the world to see. Here are some examples below.

"Oh my word! I ordered your furniture balm and it is absolutely amazing! I really didn't believe it would be as good as this. My leather furniture came up like new.It is so easy to use, I have never done anything like this before and I found it easy to do. A fantastic product." - Tina Ward

"Oh my word! I ordered your furniture balm and it is absolutely amazing! I really didn't believe it would be as good as this. My leather furniture came up like new.It is so easy to use, I have never done anything like this before and I found it easy to do. A fantastic product." - Tina Ward



"Just spent an hour recolouring our 2 leather sofas due to our 2 labradors jumping all over them and scratching them. I have to say I am really impressed with leather re-colouring balm that I bought from Furniture Clinic. Very easy to apply, the balm covers really well and we have loads left in the pot. Quick buff with a clean cloth and they are as good as new! Before and after photos attached - thanks furniture clinic!!" - Anna Tuggey

Problems with your leather?

If your leather sofa is suffering from more than a little colour loss, you can find all of our leather repair and restoration products, including the Leather Recolouring balm on our online store, as well as a range of 'How-to' guides and video tutorials to help you every step of the way.

We also offer nationwide leather cleaning, repair and restoration services. Find your nearest branch here.

"Just spent an hour recolouring our 2 leather sofas due to our 2 labradors jumping all over them and scratching them. I have to say I am really impressed with leather re-colouring balm that I bought from Furniture Clinic. Very easy to apply, the balm covers really well and we have loads left in the pot. Quick buff with a clean cloth and they are as good as new! Before and after photos attached - thanks furniture clinic!!" - Anna Tuggey

Problems with your leather?

If your leather sofa is suffering from more than a little colour loss, you can find all of our leather repair and restoration products, including the Leather Recolouring balm on our online store, as well as a range of 'How-to' guides and video tutorials to help you every step of the way.

We also offer nationwide leather cleaning, repair and restoration services. Find your nearest branch here.



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