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How to fix water damaged leather?

How to repair water damaged leather? The best way to soften leather stiffened from water damage is to massage it, they get soft again.

Leather is a versatile and durable material, widely used for accessories, wallets, jackets, clothing, and furniture, among other things. However, just like any other material, leather is also prone to wear and tear. It may fade in color or dry out and crack over time. This is due to lack of proper care and environmental influences such as dust, sunlight oils and water. Are these signs of wear and tear showing up on your leather?

How to fix water damaged leather?
How to fix water damaged leather?

Water damage due to is not, typically, a major cause for concern with leather.  A little water won’t hurt leather at all, and most leather products have a protective layer that gives you enough time to clean up water spills before leather soaks it up.  When spills and small amounts of water do damage leather, it usually just makes the leather stiff. (Think about leather work gloves that always get stiff after a day of gardening.)

However, flooded leather is another issue. If the leather is soaked in water, the best way to keep it dry is to wipe the water using a dry cloth. Avoid using heat to dry the wet surface as it will only cause further damage. Time is the best remedy, followed by Leather Honey. Water damage can leave leather dry and brittle, so you’ll want to restore lost moisture by conditioning.

Restoring a water-damaged leather item can be a tough job but manageable

How to fix water damaged leather? 

The best way to soften leather stiffened from water damage is to massage it. Think back to those work gloves.  When you put them on in the morning, they’re all stiff from the last day’s work, but once you move around in them for a little while, they get soft again.

While the leather is still damp, apply leather conditioner. The pores are still open and allow for the solution to penetrate into the leather. Use a conditioner with a neutral pH balance rather than harsh alkaline pH as it will be harder for it to absorb into the leather. Apply the conditioner evenly to prevent spotting.

Dry leather. Let the conditioner set into the leather for about 30 minutes. Then towel off any excess conditioner that has surfaced or pooled to the top. Let the leather dry for a several hours

Refer:

  • https://www.leatherhoney.com/blogs/leather-care/six-leather-restoration-tips
  • https://www.fibrenew.com/blog/how-to-fix-and-prevent-water-damage-to-leather/
  • https://itstillruns.com/fix-leather-seats-damaged-rain-5782854.html