How to treat antique leather & chesterfield sofas

Chesterfield sofas and antique leathers mostly tend to have a two-tone patina. A darker but slightly transparent colour is applied on a brighter underlying tone to generate the antique look.



Often Chesterfield sofas have draw buttons. Due to the design, the button areas and folds in the surrounding areas collect dust. Such areas can be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner and a soft brush.

Visible dirt can be removed with COLOURLOCK Mild Leather Cleaner. On some leathers, the wiped-on patina colouration is sensitive to water and might be removed when cleaning. These colourations are especially sensitive in areas with hair and skin contact. Sweat softens the upper layer of colouration making it sensitive. Always rub a tiny drop of water and test the area first. Such sensitive areas can be cleaned with COLOURLOCK Leather Cleaning Spirit and sealed with COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh in a suitable colour.



It is common for two-tone leathers that the darker upper layer of colouration rubs of in the areas of use. Armrests and seats are mostly affected. This can be renewed with COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh in a suitable shade. Black is most commonly used colour to create the patina effect. On shiny leather COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh black GLOSS may be required. The leather Fresh is evenly applied with a sponge and dried with a hair dryer. If too much is applied, remove excess with the COLOURLOCK Leather Sanding Pad. Sanding will lighten the he higher areas of the grain and the depth of the grain structure will remain dark. Always test this technique in a hidden area. The application seems complicated, but it is actually very easy to do. Please ask us if you need any help by emailing us on

On some shiny leathers, the gloss effect in the used areas (armrests and seats) become dull over time. Such areas should be cleaned with COLOURLOCK Leather Cleaning Spirit and the gloss can be renewed with COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh Neutral GLOSS. Deeper scratches and cracks can be filled with COLOURLOCK Fluid Leather.



Two tone leather with a matt finish should be sealed with COLOURLOCK Leather Shield. To nourish and conserve old and dry leather, COLOURLOCK Leather Protector is the ideal care product. It contains oils and antioxidants prevent aging effects. For glossy leather, COLOURLOCK Elephant Leather Preserve ris recommended. It keeps the leather soft and supple. It also prevents the growth of mildew and is highly suitable for chesterfield sofas and antique leather items. 

Typical patina on a Chesterfield leather chair

Rubbed off top layer of colour

Patination with black

Brownish patina. We will need to mix a special colour for you

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