I use Leather CPR restore leather. You can get it at Tuesday Morning or at Sam's, Walmart, etc. We have a leather couch, and it removes scratches from our dogs nail marks on it, so I thought I'd try it on some of the more well-loved pieces I've purchased at the thrift store lately. Use is very simple: wipe on with a soft cloth, let it soak in for a few minutes, wipe of with a different soft cloth.
Let's start with the successes, shall we...
Fossil Brown Leather Purse:
This purse cleaned up really well. It had some major scuffs and scratches to the leather. Those all came out. There was also a dark spot on the front of the purse, but it didn't come out. I have another trick I want to try on it, so I'll post again if it works.
|Purse Back before.|
|Purse Back after.|
|Purse Front before.|
|Purse Front after.|
I bought this purse only because it was 75% off of $3. I thought it would be nice to have for summer, but I really didn't expect to have it clean up very well or to use it very much. Well, I was wrong on both counts. It cleaned up very well. You can't tell from these pictures, but it was very dingy. The picture of the bottom is truer to life, dirt-wise. Also, I love carrying it because it goes with just about everything!
|White Purse before.|
|White purse after.|
And now the not-so-successful attempt.
Brown Leather Frye Sandals:
I found these sandals about 4 years ago at the thrift store but never wore them. They were a little too big. Then I had a baby and they fit perfectly. (Thanks Emmeline!) I love these sandals, and I wear them even though they are scuffed. I thought I'd try to get them to clean up some.
|Frye sandals before|
|Frye sandals after|
Can't tell a difference. Yeah, me either. Bummer, right. Oh well, I do love them, so I wear them even with the scuffs.
I hope this post will give you some encouragement recondition some old leather, either something that you already own, or something that you find at the thrift store on your next adventure!