You have taken care of your leather sofa by using the right cleaning products and handling it with care. But accidents are bound to happen, and you might end up with a scratch or two on your sofa. The following is a simple and inexpensive guide to help you take care of scratches on your own.
The Easiest Way To Deal With A Scratch
You might have heard about the shoe polish method, but it is worth mentioning. All you need to do is buy shoe polish, made for leather shoes, and make sure it is the right color.
Although, there are two things you need to consider. The first is that shoe polish is not made for furniture grade leather, so the color may not match perfectly. Make sure you test the polish on an area of the sofa that cannot be seen. Have a damp rag ready to wipe off the color after testing it.
The second thing you have to worry about is the type of leather your sofa is made of. This method only works with heavily pigmented leather or coated leather. The reason is that the color of your shoe polish is not exactly a natural leather color, so it will not blend well with natural pigments of leather.
You can find out what type of leather your sofa is made of by referring to your manufacturer's guide, or you can call your manufacturing company. Remember this will only cover up the scratch. So be sure to talk to your furniture repair specialist if you do not want this to be a regular chore, as the scratch will eventually reappear.
Use A Little Olive Oil
As you probably know, leather contains some oil and will rot and deteriorate without it. Oil keeps leather alive and healthy. This is why olive will help with mild scratches. Olive oil will lubricate and help the leather mend itself.
All you have to do is dab a little olive oil on the scratch using circular motions. Use a lint-free cotton swab to move the oil around the area. Add enough oil to cover the scratch and about one inch of the surrounding area. Use a hair dryer to blow warm air onto the scratch. This should help bring out the scratch and eliminate it.
Leave the oil undisturbed for at least 1 hour, which should fix the issue. Use a clean, dry rag to wipe off any excess oil.
Be sure to talk to your furniture repair specialist should these steps fail to fix the problem. The scratch on your sofa may be deeper than you anticipated, and you may need the help of a professional.Share