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What are the ingredients in Rub ‘n Restore® products, and are they safe?

Rub ‘n Restore® products are safe for home use, around pets and children. The safety data and labels required by law assume the most hazardous method of application (i.e. spraying vs. sponging) and chronic exposure. CC and Lesandre have been using these products since 1987 with no injury or chronic disease. Rub ‘n Restore® products are no worse than the latex paint on your walls and are less toxic than the chromium used to tan leather, the PVC used to manufacture vinyl, and the flame retardants applied upholstery foam, carpets and fabrics.

Let’s look at the ingredients.

It’s likely that you have recently touched, inhaled, and eaten the aforementioned chemicals. It’s very unlikely that you would develop cancer as a result of occasionally using Rub ‘n Restore® on your furniture, car or boat interior.

Our products are low VOC. More info here.

Read the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for our products here:

Clear Prep+Finish™

Color I (colors containing white)

Color II (colors without white)

Soft Filler Leather Repair Compound

Flite™ Cleaner-Degreaser

What can you do to protect yourself from the chemicals in Rub ‘n Restore®?

  1. Don’t eat it!
  2. Wear gloves.
  3. Stick with a sponge for applying our products. If you need to spray a surface, do it outdoors, or ventilate the area. If you’re particularly sensitive, wear a respirator.

Then ask yourself, what other endocrine-disrupting and cancer-causing chemicals are in our home? Things like:

  • memory foam mattresses (where you spend 6-8 hours every night)
  • non-stick and Teflon® cookware
  • triclosan (the active ingredient in antibacterial soaps)
  • air fresheners and scented candles
  • pesticides and herbicides
  • laundry and dish detergents
  • cosmetics, sunscreens, lotions, body washes, and hair products
  • food and water packaged and stored in plastic or styrene (Styrofoam®)
  • radiation from microwave ovens, WiFi, cell phones
  • processed foods and those containing GMOs (genetically modified) and pesticides
  • even coffee which contains acrylamide and is now labeled as cancerous in California!

Your exposure to carcinogens is greater from the chemicals in your daily life than the occasional use of Rub ‘n Restore®. The vast majority of these toxic substances are unnecessary and can be easily eliminated without compromising the protection of your skin and the cleanliness of your home, laundry, baby, and body. When it comes to painting the living room or restoring your couch, you make an exception and don’t lose sleep over it. Remember, stress causes cancer too!

Reader Interactions


  1. Irene says

    I have a 2008 Chanel Purple Pleated Leather Doctor’s Bag that I want to restore its luster and change the color to black. Is that possible? Thanks.

  2. Paul Vlcek says

    I accidentally spilled white latex paint on my black leather sofa I tried to wipe it up as fast as I could but no use is there anyway I could dye this black leather sofa

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