How do I clean leather or vinyl after using Rub ‘n Restore® products?

Cleaning vinyl or leather after a restoration or recoloring is best done with a rag dampened with water. If you must use a cleaner, choose a mild soap, diluted with water. Spray the cleaner onto a soft cloth, rather than directly on the surface, and use only where needed.

Leather wipes, soaps and other chemicals will gradually degrade the finish and necessitate touch-up, so be conservative in your cleaning.

Your leather does not need conditioning after Rub ‘n Restore®, and conditioners may also degrade the finish. Find more info on vinyl & leather maintenance here.

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  1. Michael Millar says

    I recently finished a chair. The color comes off when I whip it with a wet cloth.
    Did I do something wrong? Is there a way to seal the color so it does not come off on wet clothes, clothes, etc?

    • lesandre says

      Hi Michael, please clarify. Is the color completely coming off the chair? Or is there some color transference to a rag or paper towel.

      The latter can be observed even with latex paint on your walls and isn’t really a concern, as you don’t want to be sitting on leather furniture in wet clothing (and dark brown boat vinyl is exceedingly rare). Buffing the surface with a dry rag to remove any unstable pigment and more cure time may correct it. Applying a clear finish (whether a glaze or special order Satin Sealer)

      The former would indicate inadequate cleaning or a waxed finish that is repelling the color. We can be of more help if you email photos with more information about the problem and what you used to clean to info@rubnrestore.com.

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