Are you among the 60% of Americans who own a pet?
While having a furry friend is good for your mental and physical health, it’s not always so great for your furniture.
But even if your pet has decided to use the legs of your favorite leather couch as their personal scratching post, don’t panic.
In this post, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about leather furniture repair when fixing damage caused by pets.
Fixing Faded Furniture
It’s likely that your pet has their favorite “spot” on their couch. Sometimes, all that relaxing (and maybe even a few accidents) can cause discoloration.
To fix this on your own, all you need to do is invest in a little leather dye. The dye works to gently correct the color so that it looks like new.
Don’t overdo it, or you risk further discoloration. A word of advice: gingerly dab on small amounts of color, and slowly build up from there.
However, be warned: you need to be sure that you buy the right type of dye for your specific leather. Usually, you’ll need to choose between aniline dye and pigment-based dye.
A quick hint on telling the difference: if you notice your leather cracking, go for the pigment-based option.
Whether you have a dog or a cat (or something else altogether!) deep scratches are the most common reason for leather furniture damage.
You may need to pick up a leather repair kit to help you handle this issue.
To restore your couch or chair, first ensure that you clean the scratched area with a leather cleaner. During this process, if you notice any loose fabric, give it a trim.
Next, place a little bit of leather-binding glue on a sponge, and gently rub it into the scratched area. Let it sit for a few minutes, then repeat the process several times.
Once everything is completely dry, you may need to use sandpaper to even-out the area you glued. Spread some leather filler on the damaged area with a butter knife, and let it dry for 30 minutes.
Then, use the leather cleaner on the area again. Next, place some leather dye on a sponge, let it dry, and apply a leather sealant to the area.
Handling Smaller Scuffs
Luckily, the process of cleaning your furniture doesn’t always have to follow the somewhat complex process described above.
For surface-level scuffs, add a little white vinegar to the area. This will cause it to swell. Afterward, apply a bit of shoe polish or leather dye to the area.
When These Leather Furniture Repair Tips Don’t Cut It
Of course, when it comes to leather furniture repair, something the DIY approach just isn’t enough.
Just like you had to hire a trainer to finally get Rex to learn to sit and stay, sometimes you need to call in a professional Leather Medic to get your furniture looking good as new.
We’re restoration experts on all different types of leather furniture. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about our services.