Leather is a great addition to any house, but it can be hard to maintain and restore as well. With time, bruises, stains, gaps, splits, and/or tobacco burns can also be identified in your clothing. All these things are usually fixable, luckily! Luckily, in my own home I haven’t had to fix leather yet, so this post is a collection of all my leather furniture repair studies.
First let me suggest that, if you want to keep it looking new and fresh, most people, including myself, consider letting a specialist fix your leather. In any at-home care approach, there is plenty of space for mistakes, so sending leather to a specialist with a poorly done job will actually cost you more money. But if you don’t care about a perfect repair, or you just want to try it on your own, here are your options.
Natural leathers can not be patched at home because they are not usually covered with a waterproof finishing layer, therefore they are more fragile and require different methods for cleaning and repair. If you have a leather professional contact with this sort of product.
For covered or topcoat leathers, which is what 90% of leather furniture is made of, you can use at-home repair solutions. Several features that distinguish covered leathers are consistent patterns of color and grain; inability to scrape easily; and drops of water that do not change color. Always clean and condition your leather, especially if it is dry, before starting the repair process.
Small cuts or cracks: This can often be repaired easily by cleaning the leather with a leather conditioner bought from a pharmacy.
A snag: add a white color to the finger.
The seam: If you’re quick and patient, you can use super glue to patch seams that break off. A layer of super glue will be drawn to one side of the seam and then press the other side of the seam. Then you’ll tie the edges together as the super glue dries. Until adding the super glue, you can practice the procedure because the glue dries quickly so you need to be fast and accurate. It should take 10-15 minutes to complete the drying process.
Big stains or holes: can be patched by ordering and using a repair kit for home leather. Specific instructions are given for the kits and it is important to follow them exactly. Two of the most common are Magic Mender and Leather Magic. Leather repair kits cost anywhere from $10-$70 depending on the brand you select and you often “get what you’re paying for.” If buying a repair kit, make sure it fits two requirements: it’s reliable and stable when it’s dry; and it’s water-based, not solvent-based repair kits are prone to break leather repairs.
If your harm is serious, your tolerance is low, or you don’t feel able to repair your own leather, there are many leather repair specialists who are just an Internet search and a phone call away.
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