How To Condition & Protect Leather Furniture
This is a guided tutorial where we'll show you how to care for your leather couch, sofa, or bench with Otter Wax Leather Oil. Keep new leather looking great and revive older leathers by applying every 4~6 months or more depending on use and conditions. Application is quick, easy, and mess-free.
This is the Luca Bench from our friends at Poly & Bark. It’s upholstered in cognac tanned, full-grain aniline leather and our Oil will help it last a lifetime. Otter Wax Leather Oil is safe to use on all types and colors of leather because our products never contain synthetic dyes, chemicals, or petroleum.
All you need is a bottle of our Leather Oil, a couple of lint-free cloths, and a small soft-bristle brush.
Before you begin, ensure the surface is free of any dust, crumbs, or pet hair. Dampen a cloth in warm water, ring out excess, and wipe down the entire item. Remember that leather is skin, using the warm water opens leather pores and facilitates better absorption when the oil is applied.
Give the bottle a good shake and always dispense the oil first onto your cloth first and then to the leather.
Dispensing Leather Oil directly to the leather will result in a splotchy uneven finish. If this happens, it's not the end of the world. The leather will even back out over the next several days in dry conditions.
Always test on a small inconspicuous area to make sure you’ll be happy with the results. Temporary darkening may occur and is especially common when treating light color leathers.
Dispense oil onto a dry cloth, then begin applying using a smooth circular motion. Make sure that whenever you apply Leather Oil that you are applying to the entire item.
Use the soft brush for those hard to reach spots like seams and corners.
Small surface scratches from pet claws can be blended in, but it's important to note that scratches that involve any kind of tearing are permanent. If the leather is torn or ripped, your leather will need to be cared for by a professional in your area that specializes in torn leather.
It's important to remember that leather is unique because it ages along with how it's used and cared for. Leather that is nourished and hydrated consistently can be used heavily every day and still last for decades.
It's also important for people to let go of the idea of leather looking the same as when they bought it. Leather holds the memories of the people that use it, so it's important to try and embrace all the uniqueness that well-cared-for leather has to offer.