Leather Repair and Restoration
Leather is a material that covers many different surfaces including residential furniture such as sofas, couches and chairs; automotive interior vehicle seats; and office furniture. These leather items get worn over time and often need to be repaired and restored.
Can Leather Be Repaired?
The answer to this question is yes! Looking at the family couch that you’ve had for years most likely gets you thinking you should just kick it to the curb and buy a new one. But, before you go that route you may want to think of repairing the leather. This option could save you a pretty penny in the long run. Just because it’s cracked, peeling, or torn doesn’t mean it’s a goner. Leather is a material that is prone to fading from sun and age, becoming stained and peeling and deteriorating over time. All that can be fixed in a variety of different ways. The degree of damage to your leather item will help you determine what the best approach will be for repairing or restoring it.
How Do You Repair Damaged Leather?
There are a variety of different ways to conduct leather sofa repair or leather car seat repair. For minor repairs there are a few “do it yourself” options and for larger repairs it is best to contact companies like Surface Repair that can do the job for you. Check out a few of our recommendations below.
This method is best for the minor scratches on your leather from pens, scissors, children and pets. You can purchase leather conditioner from your local hardware or auto parts store. To apply the conditioner, you also need a soft, clean cloth to massage into the damaged areas. Then wipe away the excess liquid. Another cool trick? If you are someone who would rather use a natural product, sometimes olive or baby oil can do the trick.
Leather Repair Kit
A repair kit can help with small to medium-sized repairs that include tears, punctures and holes to your leather. This is a good option if you are familiar with the process of fixing leather. You can also find these at a hardware or auto parts stores. A usual kit includes cleaner, conditioner and coloring to allow you to match the color of the repair to the current color of your couch or leather material. One caution that experts give is that it can be difficult to achieve a seamless repair job if the surface is deeply scratched, torn or punctured. It’s important to do your research to see if a kit is the way to go for your project.
Sometimes you can get away with repairing leather with leather glue. This is a simple method that can be applied to small tears. You simply apply the leather glue with a thin applicator like a toothpick and then pinch the two sides of the tear together. Next, wipe away the excess glue and add a leather coloring if needed. If your leather damage is a bigger hole or tear, you may need to use a patch. To use a patch you will have to get a piece of replacement leather that is the same color as your existing object and then glue it into place. Note that this option is strictly for small tears, as it is common for larger rips to split open again after using leather glue.
Contact a Leather Repair Professional
We have listed a few DIY ways to repair leather yourself when working on a small project. However, we truly believe that bigger projects are often best left up to the experts. Before you try any repair jobs on your leather object, it’s important to know what you’re doing. If you are not knowledgeable about leather repair you may do more damage than good. Hiring a professional is usually always the most cost effective option, especially if you don’t fix it right the first time yourself. Having your leather repaired by a trained technician will also increase the lifespan of your object and will allow you to get more years of use out of it. At the end of the day, if the hole is too big or the scratch is too deep, hiring an expert is the only way to get professional results and give you peace of mind. It’s repair done right the first time!
If you have a leather couch repair or leather restoration project for the experts, call Surface Repair today. Our number is 515-276-5453 and we would love to connect you with one of our technicians today.