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This is the business when it comes to treating leather sofas!,
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This review is from: Renapur Leather Balsam 200ml (Kitchen & Home)
We recently bought a leather sofa, chair and stool from DFS (in a Chesterfield style, so the leather has lots of folds and buttons).
Now we like the furniture, but when it arrived it felt very dried out and a little dirty. So we cleaned it with the cleaning materials provided by DFS. These improved the feel of the leather a little bit, but didn't make a huge difference.
So I bought a LeatherMaster Leather Care Kit, and used that on the furniture. Now to be fair to the Leather Care Kit, it did improve the feel of the furniture even more.
But even so, after having the furniture for nearly a month, it didn't quite have the luxury leather feel that we wanted, although it was very keen.
I ordered the Renapur Leather Balsam as I wanted to really treat and soften the leather.
And I'm extremely glad that I did.
Firstly, some advice. If you have leather furniture, buy this product and use it: it will improve it.
Secondly, some more advice about the instructions.
It tells you to apply sparingly with a sponge. Now one of these instructions is wrong, in my opinion.
Forget the sponge.
I have treated various leather products over the years, from walking boots to Barbour jackets, and one thing that I was told by an old Army instructor years ago was that it is nearly always better to use your fingers when applying leather treatments. The heat from your hand, and the suppleness and flexibility in your fingers, means that you can really massage the cream into the leather so much better than you could if you use a sponge.
On the other hand, you do need to apply this sparingly.
So this afternoon I have, to all intents and purposes, given my leather furniture a massage using the Renapur Leather Balsam.
And it now looks and feels amazing.
The colour has intensified (some might say deepened, but it has certainly not darkened). Now, the furniture looks like I always hoped it would: a much loved, and well treated, classic. It shines with a depth that it didn't have before. The leather has absorbed the balsam and is now soft to touch, but not greasy.
To be completely honest, it was a little greasy when I finished, so don't apply the treatment five minutes before your in-laws come to visit unless you don't like them and want them to slide off your furniture. But wait an hour or two for the cream to be complete absorbed, and then just wipe lightly with a soft cloth to buff to a deep shine.
(A quick tip here. When they say apply sparingly, they mean it. The pot may be small, but my estimate it's going to last years.)
(Another tip: always check the product is right for you, and always test on a small discrete and non-visible part of the material.)
I have absolutely no problem recommending this product. It is awesome.
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Initial post: 26 Feb 2014 16:39:38 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Feb 2014 16:42:24 GMT
very impressive reviews but no one has mentioned whether the leather they are cleaning is of the finished variety or the unfinished and this is very important.
Posted on 21 Mar 2015 19:50:41 GMT
I have a leather chair which has a sheen but is not high gloss. Can this product be used on this type of leather of is it only for 'shiny' type leathers, or does it simply depend on how much you 'buff' it up after use?
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Aug 2015 09:51:57 BDT
This is from the Renapur website:
Renapur Leather Balsam, Leather Cleaner and Hi-Shine are for use on finished i.e. smooth leather only. Do not use on suede, nubuck or fully aniline type leather.
Hope that helps!
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