How to clean and protect leather furniture

Most furniture leathers are coated with a colour pigment and protected with a matt top coat. There are also high-quality porous leathers (called aniline or semi-aniline), suede or nubuck and cheap coated PU leather. On aniline leather, a drop of water rubbed in an undamaged area, will darken the leather. It is porous and therefore standard water based cleaning products can leave a stain. They need to be treated with care - please refer to How to clean, care & protect Aniline leather  

The following instructions are for pigmented, matt top-coated leather (non-porous). Please contact a specialist if you have one of the other mentioned types.

HOW TO LOOK AFTER NEW LEATHER (PIGMENTED NAPA)

In case of soiling and dirt, the leather should be treated with COLOURLOCK Mild Leather Cleaner. Depending on the amount of use, the leather should be treated sparingly with our care cream, COLOURLOCK Leather Protector, every three to six months. This product is ideal for pigmented leather. It maintains softness and flexibility while preventing shrinkage and fading.

Dye transfer from jeans and other dark clothing is a common problem on new, light-coloured leather. To avoid these stains, we recommend protecting contact areas (hand, head and leg areas) with COLOURLOCK Leather Shield. It prevents dye migration and friction damage. Always best to clean the leather first.  

HOW TO LOOK AFTER OLDER LEATHER

Soiling and other surface dirt should be cleaned with COLOURLOCK Mild Leather Cleaner. The COLOURLOCK Leather Cleaning Brush is an ideal tool to remove soiling from the leather grain.

Leathers that show light fading or wear and tear caused by friction and extensive use can be refreshed with COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh, a leather toner which is available in 46 standard colours or mixed according to your sample. Leather Fresh also re-seals the damaged surface. Degrease damaged areas with COLOURLOCK Leather Cleaning Spirit before applying the colour.

To rejuvenate and maintain older leathers, we recommend using COLOURLOCK Leather Protector. Is anti-oxidants slow down the degradation process and prevents shrinkage and cracking. It also has UV filters that protect against fading and, more importantly, against UV rays which reduce tear strength of the leather resulting in cracks and tears. The conditioning oil-emulsion maintains softness.

In severe cases, we recommend emailing photos and detailed description. We can estimate better whether our products are able to solve the problem or not. Rough or cracked areas should be smoothed with the COLOURLOCK Leather Sanding Pad before toning. Deeper cracks and smaller rips can be filled with COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather.

Some heavily damaged or delicate aniline or nubuck leathers need professional treatment. Contact us in such cases. We will be happy to check if we can recommend someone close to you.

Not too heavily worn leather, light fading or scratches etc.: cleaning, refreshing, care

In such cases, please contact us first or email photos for advice:

Recommended products

Leather Cleaning Brush normal
The Leather Cleaning Brush is ideal for:  Using with the Mild or Strong Leather Cleaner to remove ingrained dirt Using with the COLOURLOCK Cleaner for Artificial Leather to remove ingrained dirt from vinyl or plastics Brushing up nubuck and suede Wet pre-cleaning of greasy areas before washing with LEDER FEIN Leather and Fur Wash Concentrate Polishing shoes and boots with COLOURLOCK Elephant Leather Preserver Amount: 1 piece. One brush is usually sufficient for cleaning a car interior or a set of furniture multiple times.Application areas: Car Leather, Furniture Leather, Shoes, Bags & Accessories, Leather ClothingFor: Artificial leather, Pigmented leather, PU leather, Semi-aniline leather, Suede and nubuck leatherWith its durable bristles and high-quality wooden handle, the Colourlock Leather Cleaning Brush is great for removing dirt and stains effectively and gently from leather car seats, sofas, chairs, clothing and handbags. It can also be used to clean Alcantara and other Textile materials as long as it is used gently.
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£4.50*
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Leather Sanding Pad
The Leather Sanding Pad is ideal for:  Smoothing rough areas before applying COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh or COLOURLOCK Liquid Leather. Cleaning greasy areas on nubuck and suede. Careful sanding during professional colouring in the workshop. Amount: 1 piece. One pad is sufficient for a complete set of furniture or car interior.; Pack of 5 Application Rub the leather gently with the pad in a circular motion. Avoid gouging and deep scratches. Both faces of the pad can be used. It can be washed out with water.  Before colouring nappa leather, the surfaces should be sanded carefully. Our Leather Sanding Pad is ideal for this step.

£3.50*
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Leather Cleaning Spirit
Leather Cleaning Spirit is suitable for: Removing grease and traces of care products from nappa leather before repairing it with COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather or refreshing the colour with COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh. Removing greasy stains on furniture headrests or armrests (see our INFO section for more information) Removing grease prior to professional workshop colouring (aniline leather) Cleaning/degreasing very greasy nubuck or suede furniture Removing oil and sweat stains from jacket collars before washing with LEDER FEIN Leather & Fur Wash Concentrate Amount: 250 ml. This is usually sufficient to treat a complete car interior or set of furniture.; 1 litreApplication areas: Car Leather, Furniture Leather, Bags & Accessories, Leather ClothingFor: Artificial leather, Aniline leather, Refined aniline leather, Pigmented leather, PU leather, Pull Up leather, Semi-aniline leather, Suede and nubuck leatherApplicationAlways test any products first on a hidden area in case they affect the colour.Moisten a clean, soft, white piece of cloth with a small amount of Leather Cleaning Spirit and apply to the greasy areas. Be careful to dab the leather lightly to avoid stains or rims forming, especially on porous leather (aniline, suede or nubuck). Always let the leather dry thoroughly between applications. Not every greasy spot can be removed completely! If you are having difficulty, please ask us for advice. After cleaning with the Leather Cleaning Spirit, the leather should be treated with a leather protector.
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Content: 250 ml (£44.00* / 1000 ml)

£11.00*
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Leather Protector
To maintain the surface, we recommend our Leather Protector. It contains antioxidants, which stops the leather's decay, and its UV filters protect the surfaces from colour fading and will make them supple once more.Amount: 150 ml. This is usually sufficient for the one-time treatment (minimum) of a complete car interior or a set of furniture.Application: Always test any products first on a hidden area in case they affect the colour!Use COLOURLOCK Leather Protector when the leather has dried completely from cleaning or colour refreshment, ideally on the following day. Apply with a soft cloth and let dry without polishing. One application is sufficient. Strained surfaces (heavy use or in sunlit areas) should be treated every three months. Clean before use to prevent dirt sticking to the surface.These products are also suitable for "Cool Leather/SRT (SunReflective Technology) Leather"!
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Content: 150 ml (£11.67* / 100 ml)

£17.50*
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Refresher for scratches
Leather Fresh Dye
Leather Fresh is a colour refresher (dye) for scratches, worn, or faded leather. Leather Fresh is ideal to refresh colour damages on car leather, furniture leather, leather garments and handbags. Do not use on porous leathers unless colouring the entire surface - it can make the surface appear patchy. It can be sponged on or sprayed using an airbrush.  Application Always test any products first on a hidden area to test for colour match!Firstly, clean the leather thoroughly and prepare the surface. Use Mild Leather Cleaner for normal degrees of soiling or Strong Leather Cleaner to remove heavier dirt (where the leather has been neglected for many years). Cleaning prior to treatment ensures the paint bonds to the surface well and ensures durability. Use Leather Cleaning Brush to effectively remove all ingrained dirt. Cleaning removes dirt but for long lasting results you should also de-grease using Leather Cleaning Spirit.Use a sponge to apply the colour evenly, working from seam to seam. Dry afterwards with a hair dryer. On small spots, a one application is sufficient. Apply multiple thin layers and dry each layer using a hair dryer.A day later, after it dries, apply Leather Protector. It gives the leather a good sheen and helps blend the repair. It contains antioxidants, which stops the leather's decay, and its UV filters protect the surfaces of old and valuable leathers from bleaching and fading. Also keeps the leather supple.  46 standard colours and prepare special colours according to sample or manufacturer name.
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Content: 150 ml (£18.00* / 100 ml)

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Kit for scratches, abrasions
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Leather Fresh Dye Kit
This repair kit is ideal for repairing scratches, abrasions or slight fading on leather furniture or leather car seats.First, clean the leather thoroughly before refreshing the colour or the application of care products. Use COLOURLOCK Mild Leather Cleaner for normal degrees of soiling but, for more serious soiling, you will need COLOURLOCK Strong Leather Cleaner. Cleaning prior to treatment prevents dirt sticking on the leather's surface during colour or care. Our COLOURLOCK Leather Cleaning Brush will remove soiling from the depths of the grain (for best results, use a circular motion in all directions). You can also use the cleaning sponge contained in this kit. After cleaning or, in the case of recently treated or oily leather, de-grease it using COLOURLOCK Leather Cleaning Spirit (not contained in the kit).Once the surface has been prepared, apply COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh to revitalise the leather's original colour on scratches, abrasions or slight fading (which are often found in vehicle seat side bolsters and furniture sitting areas). The colour can be prepared according to our colour chart or send us a leather sample by post and we will mix it for you (an additional charge will apply for mixing colour according to a sample).To maintain the top surface, we recommend our COLOURLOCK Leather Protector. It contains antioxidants, that stop the leather's decay, and UV filters to protect the surfaces from colour fading. It will also make the leather soft and supple once again.Application Always test any products first in a hidden area for changes or to confirm colour matching!  COLOURLOCK Mild Leather Cleaner The Leather Cleaner is provided in a foam dispenser bottle. Foams clean the leather more efficiently than liquid agents, the consumption is considerably smaller, and the leather does not become wet, which could otherwise lead to hardening after drying.The Leather Cleaner gently cleans all kinds of nappa leather. Apply some foam on the Cleaning Sponge and proceed with cleaning the leather. Remove dirty foam with a slightly moist cloth. COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh (leather dye) After a pre-cleaning with the COLOURLOCK Strong Leather Cleaner (which has a slight re-greasing property) and in case of oily spots, de-grease the leather additionally with COLOURLOCK Leather Cleaning Spirit. Wait 1 to 3 hours for the cleaner to dry. Apply the colour after the cleaner has dried.Use a sponge to apply the colour evenly on the respective surfaces, working from seam to seam. Dry afterwards with a hair dryer. On small spots, one application is sufficient. Only treat surfaces where colour change is needed! If high opacity is desired, apply the colour in several layers and dry in-between layers with a hair dryer. COLOURLOCK Leather Protector Wait 24 hrs for cleaning or colouring products to dry completely. Use COLOURLOCK Leather Protector as soon as the leather has dried after cleaning or colour refreshment, ideally on the following day. Apply with a soft cloth and let dry without polishing afterwards. One application is sufficient. Strained surfaces (heavy use or in sunlit areas) should be treated every three months. Clean before in case of soiling!  Leather Cleaner: Using the practical foam dispenser bottle, the leather will not become too wet by cleaning. Clean the leather according to the degree of soiling with COLOURLOCK Mild or Strong Leather Cleaner. Use the COLOURLOCK Leather Cleaning Brush against dirt in the depth of the grain. 46 standard colours and prepare special colours according to sample or manufacturer name.
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Cleaner mild or strong

£57.00*
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Leather Cleaner with sponge
Ideal for cleaning leather car and furniture upholstery, bags, suitcases or garments.The Leather Cleaner is provided in a foam dispenser bottle. Foams clean the leather more efficiently than liquid agents, the consumption is considerably smaller, and the leather does not become wet, which could otherwise become hard after drying.Firstly, clean the leather thoroughly before refreshing the colour or applying care products. Use COLOURLOCK Mild Leather Cleaner against normal soiling. Cleaning before treatment prevents the dirt sticking to the leather's surface. Our COLOURLOCK Leather Cleaning Brush effectively removes ingrained dirt (use circular motions and work from seam to seam). After cleaning, it is always best to apply a care product to protect it against general wear and future staining.Amount: 200 ml Mild Leather Cleaner. This is usually sufficient for the cleaning of a whole car interior or set of furniture.Amount: 1 litreApplication areas: Car Leather, Furniture Leather, Shoes, Bags & Accessories, Leather ClothingFor: Pigmented leather, PU leather, Pull Up leather, Semi-aniline leather ApplicationAlways test any products first on a hidden area in case they affect the colour.Dispense some foam on a sponge or brush. Do not apply to the leather directly! Clean the leather from seam to seam using the foam; repeat several times, if necessary. Remove dirty foam residue with a slightly moistened piece of cloth, then allow to dry.On older leathers, stains might sink into the surface, or perceived dirt might actually be colour damage. Such stains cannot always be removed by cleaning, in which case, use COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh for refreshing the colour, or ask us for advice.These products are also suitable for "Cool Leather/SRT (SunReflective Technology) Leather"! IngredientsMild Leather Cleaner Ingredients according to "INCI" (International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredients): AQUA, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE Ingredients of the odorants and preserving agents according to "INCI" METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, IODOPROPYNYL BUTYLCARBAMATE (The INCI information assists persons who are allergic to certain compounds, which are harmless to most other persons, in identifying these.) Ingredients explained in a more understandable way: The Mild Leather Cleaner is a gentle cleaner adjusted to the pH value of leather.
Cleaner mild or strong
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£21.00*
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Fills cracks and holes
Fluid Leather
Fluid Leather is only recommended for damage where a filling is necessary. For scratches and general wear-and-tear on the colour surface we recommend smoothing the surface with the COLOURLOCK Leather Sanding Pad and refreshing the colour with COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh. The surface of COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather is smooth and shiny after drying. To hide the repair, apply COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh in the respective colour to the area. This covers the gloss of the COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather. Lightly dab the COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh several times with a sponge on the repair and dry with a hair dryer between layers until the desired covering is achieved. Degrease the repair area with COLOURLOCK Leather Cleaning Spirit in order to remove care product residue. Before starting any repairs with COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather, smooth rough areas and scratches with the COLOURLOCK Leather Sanding Pad  For hardened leathers, use COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather before any treatment with COLOURLOCK Old Leather Softener. This oily treatment would reduce the adhesion of the COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather. PROCEDURE Fill the damaged areas with COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather and spread evenly with a spatula. Leave to dry for 1-2 hours, depending on the amount used. Repeat the procedure until the repaired area is as full and smooth as possible. COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather cannot be sanded dry. This would damage the repair.We recommend using the COLOURLOCK GLD Pen to smooth the repair. The GLD Solvent slightly dissolves the surface of the COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather and provides a smoother finish.Open the lid of the COLOURLOCK GLD Pen and press down the felt tip several times until it is moistened. If the felt tip gets too moist, remove the excess quantity by cleaning it with a cloth. Smooth the repair area carefully with the moistened felt tip. When the repair area is wet with GLD, an additional treatment with the COLOURLOCK Leather Sanding Pad can be done to smooth the repair area. Always work with a small amount of GLD to prevent the repair area from becoming too dissolved. Using GLD, a repair can be adjusted to achieve the best possible result.Professionals can repair the graining on a work area using a Repair Grain. Usually, old leathers are smooth and do not need a new graining.The tip of the COLOURLOCK GLD Pen can be removed and reversed when worn. Especially when working on a new colour, it is necessary to change or turn the felt tip upside down.Finally, repairs with COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather must be recoloured with COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh to balance differences in colour and gloss. In order to cover the COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather sufficiently, the COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh should be dabbed onto the area several times and dried between the layers with a hair dryer. After 24 hours treat the leather with Leather Protector.  A HOLE WITH MISSING LEATHER Holes should be reinforced before repairing by gluing a thin piece of cloth underneath the hole with COLOURLOCK Leather Glue. Cut out a small piece of the original leather from a hidden area and adjust its shape according to the hole. Use the COLOURLOCK Leather Glue to glue it onto the piece of cloth and the edges of the hole. Close the visible rims with COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather. Leathers with big tears must first be examined in order to decide whether it would be better to replace the weak leather. Especially long tears in old and rough leathers, or in areas of high use, are often irreparable or not durable enough after a repair. We recommend the repair of tears only on stable leathers and only if the tear is no larger than a few centimetres.Procedure: Minor tears which are not under tension should be provisionally glued with COLOURLOCK Leather Glue from edge to edge. Then close the tear with COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather, as explained.Tears under high tension should be backed by thin cloth. In the case of very large tears and/or very rough leathers, it is advisable to sew the leather with a thin but strong thread. Place a seam every 3-4 centimetres with the starting knot on the leather's reverse. Cover the thread with COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather.If the leather is not too rough, drill a small hole to the right and the left of the tear (approximately 2-3 millimetres) and sew with a round needle. Lay the knot underneath and pull the tear together. Tears in areas of frequent use should always be replaced by new leather when they are too large; the same is true for weak or hardened leathers. In cases like these, it is more advisable to replace the leather.
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Content: 7 ml (£29.29* / 10 ml)

£20.50*
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