How to recolor tufted upholstery?

Use two small brushes and a damp sponge to restore or recolor tufted upholstery.

  1. Use one brush to apply Rub ‘n Restore® color to each button.
  2. Before the color begins to dry, use the second brush to trace your path and “wick” excess color from wrinkles, folds, and the button’s perimeter.
  3. Allow the color to dry.
  4. Do all the buttons and any other nooks and crannies before graduating to the sponge for the broader, smooth surfaces.

To create a burnished appearance, apply a different shade to the recessed buttons and feather outward without covering the plush, high spots. This is easier if working with a more translucent glaze (color diluted with Clear Prep+Finish).


  1. I just bought a new leather sofa and armchair from IKEA. Now that I’ve got them home, I’m not wild about the color. I want to change it with one of your beautiful Rub n Restore colors.
    Since this is brand new, top-grain leather furniture, will alcohol do everything I need to remove any manufacturer’s wax or protective coating? Currently, water runs off the surface —it does not absorb.


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