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How to fix scratches on your leather couch

If you’re on this page, you’re probably the owner of a leather sofa with a few (or a lot of) scratches on it. Whether it’s your cat, your kids or your own doing, it’s okay. With a leather couch, there are bound to be scratches one way or another. That’s why we’re here to help fix scratches on your leather couch.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Use your hands!
2. Hair dryer
3. Leather fibre binder
4. Leather dye
5. Leather conditioner

1. Use your hands!

If your leather sofa only has a few tiny, light scratches on it, then the solution is simple: just use your hands to rub and massage in a circular motion on the part that has been scratched. The heat, pressure and friction from your hands will allow oil in the leather to bind together, thus removing the scratches.

IKEA Kivik sofa in brown vegan leather slipcover
Use your hands to remove shallow scratches on your couch

2. Hair dryer

The second way to do this is by using a hair dryer because sometimes the heat of your hands may not be enough. The hair dryer generates a higher heat that activates the waxes and oils in the leather so that they come together, thus making the scratch disappear. You can also use your hands to massage for better results. Be mindful that the hair dryer can be really hot, so do remember to hold it at a distance from the leather couch.

3. Leather fibre binder

A leather fibre binder is a watery, glue-like solution that works very well for heavily scratched or fluffed up leather. It binds the fibres of the leather so that they become stronger and last longer. Apply a bit of binder on a sponge, let it soak into the sponge a little before you rub it onto the scratched leather. Once the binder dries, painting the leather or coating it with products will be easier because the fluff wouldn’t get in the way and it prevents the scuffed leather from getting more damage.

4. Leather dye

Leather dyes work great on cat scratches on your leather sofa. The dye fills out the scratches so that your sofa looks as good as new. The application is similar to the leather binder: pour the dye onto a sponge, then rub it in circular motions into the scratches on the sofa. You can either air-dry or blow-dry it, then apply another layer or as needed. Once that’s done, your leather would turn out nicely and evenly coloured. In case it still feels rough to the touch, you could gently polish the sofa with 500-grit sandpaper.

5. Leather conditioner

As time goes, leather sofas tend to dry out and become brittle, thus it’s easy for the surface of the leather to become damaged. When you apply leather conditioner, your leather sofa absorbs the product to prevent it from drying out. It also protects the leather from grime and dirt. This will keep the leather stronger and durable for a longer period of time.

That’s some of the easiest tips on how to fix scratches on your leather couch.

What are other effective methods that you use to repair and protect your leather sofa from scratches? Feel free to share it and help other leather sofa owners keep their sofa healthy and shiny for years!

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