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.

Chesterfield chairs restored using Geist leather restoration products



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 Geist. Rapid Leather & Vinyl 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 Geist. Surface Prep and sealed with Geist. Easy Colour Restorer Dye for leather & vinyl in a suitable colour.



It is common on two-tone leathers that the darker upper layer of colour or dye rubs off in the areas of use. Armrests and seats are mostly affected. This can be renewed with Geist. Easy Colour Restorer dye for leather & vinyl in a suitable shade. Black is most commonly used colour to create the patina effect. On shiny leather Geist. Easy Colour Restorer in black GLOSS may be required. The Easy Colour Restorer is evenly applied with a sponge and dried with a hair dryer. If too much is applied, remove excess with the Geist. 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 via the contact form

Restoration work on Chesterfield sofa armrestRestored armrest on Chesterfield armchair

On some shiny leathers, the gloss effect in the used areas (armrests and seats) become dull over time. Such areas should be cleaned with Geist. Surface Prep and the gloss can be renewed with Geist. Easy Colour Restorer Neutral GLOSS. Deeper scratches and cracks can be filled with Geist. Easy Filler for leather & vinyl.



Two tone leather with a matt finish should be sealed with Geist. Dye & Friction Blocker. To nourish and conserve old and dry leather, Geist. Leather Conditioner is the ideal care product. It contains oils and antioxidants prevent aging effects. For glossy leather, Geist. Leather Preserver is 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. 

At Geist. we provide colour and paint mixing service to match your furniture leather. Please contact us with pictures for further information so we can advise and guide you. Photos and pictures used in this article provided by Reclaimed-Leather