QI have a red Natuzzi leather sofa. The leather on the seat is starting to crack. What’s the best way to restore its former appearance, and how should I moisturize it after I get the cracks filled in? Also, is it possible to change the color? The red is nice, but it really dominates the decor of the room!
AIt’s the color finish, not the leather itself, that is cracking. This type of damage can sometimes be repaired. But sometimes the only option is to replace that panel of the upholstery.
Natuzzi’s warranty on upholstery is for only two years, so unless your piece is quite new, you’ll probably need to pay for the repair yourself. David Zein at the Natuzzi Italia store in Georgetown recommends getting help from Ram Leather and Fur Care in Manassas (800-333-2302; www.ramleatherandfur.com). The company offers free consultations for people who e-mail pictures of damaged pieces to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can arrange an in-home consultation for $75. If you go ahead with a repair, $50 of that will go toward the repair bill.