Whether in the car or around your home, leather seats and chairs have an elegance that is distinctly their own. Like most leather products, leather seats begin to wear over use. Common problems include tears and stains or discoloration. When problems like these occur, basic leather seat repair is needed. This type of repair is very easy to do, and you can do it yourself.
Stain, Dust, & Dirt Repair
Dust and dirt can build up on leather over time, especially in the crevices of the upholstery. To remove this build up as well as leather stains, use a leather cleaner, such as Mothers Leather Cleaner. Apply the cleaner. Then, take a soft or medium bristled toothbrush and gently rub on the problem area. Let it sit for half a minute then brush more vigorously. Once the stain has been dissolved, wipe the leather with a clean rag. If the problem is particularly bad, apply two coats of cleaner. After you've wiped it clean, apply a leather cleanser
Tip: If you are repairing a leather chair, be sure you watch out for the wooden parts of the chair or areas which are not made of lather. Some leather cleaners can stain wood or other materials so protecting these ares is important. If you are repairing a leather car seat, try and remove the seat from the car (assuming it isn't too complicated.) If this can't be done, be sure to protect the other areas of the car.
Repairing Tears & Holes
Small tears and holes can be easily repaired with a leather repair kit. There are plenty of different types available on the market. Some newer leather products come with their own repair kit as well. The basics of using these kits were discussed in the article Simple Do-It-Yourself Leather Couch Repair. Follow up the repair process with some leather conditioner. This should smoothen any uneven sections and give the leather its old shine back.
Remember, always perform a spot test before going ahead with any cleaning method. If you do not know how to do a spot test, check out the article Choosing the Best Leather Cleaner. Performing this test will help make sure you do not ruin your furniture.
Leather seat repair for antique or vintage leather chairs along with the seats in antique or vintage cars should always be done by a professional. These pieces have not been made with top-coated protected leather, and many commercial leather cleaners will only ruin this type of upholstery. Professional cleaners treat these pieces with great care, sometimes designing a special formula based on the color on age of the leather.