The resulting horror that ignites when you discover your prized leather sofa has a scratch or hole in it can be overwhelming. All that money saved up and spent on the sofa has now gone down the drain? Right? … Wrong! Relax, sit down and read through this article to discover the various ways you can repair damage to any type of leather furniture you have in your home.
First of all, inspect carefully the damage caused and evaluate how it came about and what type of breakage it is. If you have pets, especially cats, then furniture is always going to be in danger of getting scratched and ripped. For households with children then scuffs, scrapes and spillages are likely going to be a relatively frequent concern.
Luckily, over 90% of leather furniture can be repaired at home. Check whether the damaged furniture item is made from protected or top coated leather. If so, you are in luck. You’ll be able to distinguish this fact from the uniform color and appearance of the leather. For the rarer non-protected leather furniture, you’ll need to find the services of an expert restorer.
Leather repair kits can be purchased from most hardware stores and online shopping websites. Detailed instructions will make the repair job simple and straightforward and as long as the damage is not large and extensive, you’ll find that the sofa, armchair or footrest will be looking as good as new in no time at all. Make sure to act as soon as a cut or hole appears otherwise it will get worse very quickly and likely lead to an unfixable situation.
Most kits will involve a chemical compound which fills the tear or hole and secures the edges together. This will work also for scuff marks, scratches, wear spots, cigarette burns and cracking. In the case of puncture holes, a spare piece of leather will likely be needed. The smaller the damage, the quicker and easier the repair job will be and once you have repair once injury to the leather, you’ll find yourself more skilled at repairing damage in the future.
It’s very important to make sure the affected area is clean before repairs are made. Think of it in the same way you would clean the area around a human wound before applying anti-septic cream and bandages. Be careful to use only soft soaps and avoid harsh chemicals which will cause more damage to the surface of the leather. After the repair job is completed, it is wise to condition the leather with a special conditioning cream. This keeps the leather shining and supple. This should be done every six months.
So you see, you don’t have to panic and start preparing to throw your expensive sofa out onto the street for the vagrants to use. Most leather furniture can overcome minor to moderate damage from cat claws, cigarette burns, spillages, scrapes, punctures and blemishes.