Undoubtedly, leather furniture adds a luxurious touch and classy feel to any home décor. Moreover, the feeling of sliding into a soft leather couch or chair is beyond comparison. The main benefit is using leather furniture is that it requires less maintenance, when compared to other materials. However, a simple scratch or tear is enough to ruin the elegant appearance of the leather furniture. With pets and kids around, the leather furniture is bound to wear and tear over time. Add to this, improper care and your once so classy furniture would surely go for a toss. However, for those who have leather furniture at home, here is a reason to smile. Leather furniture can easily be repaired, without even letting anyone know that it was even damaged. Follow the tips given below to learn how to repair your leather furniture at minimal cost.
Tips For Repairing Leather Furniture
- Palette Knife
- Leather Repair Kit (comprising colorant to match furniture)
- Canvas Backing Patch
- Fine Sandpaper
- Sharp Scissors
- Clean Cloths
- Rubbing Alcohol
Directions To Repair
Correct Repair Kit
Before you begin with repairing your leather furniture, it is important to ensure that you have the right kit that matches your furniture. Most furniture is made from top coated or protected leather to lengthen its life. Check the tools in the kit that will be required to remove this leather.
Check out the severity of the damage caused to the furniture. In case the damage is extensive, it needs to be replaced by a leather swatch. However, if it is a tear or minor damage, the furniture can be rectified by using the filler. In case the piece has to be replaced, check below the furniture piece in case the manufacturer has attached a spare piece of the same leather that the furniture is made from.
Prepare the Surface
Clean and remove the coating around the repairing site using a solvent contained in the kit. In case the kit does not contain a solvent, use some fine sandpaper to gently rub the surface and clean dirt and coating. Then, rub the surface with rubbing alcohol. If the edges are curling out, cut the leather to neatly repair it.
Place the canvas backing patch below the damaged leather with the help of tweezers. Now, firmly push the patch beneath, by holding it with tweezers at one end and pushing the rest, to keep it flat. In case the patch is too large, cut it to the size of the hole with the help of a pair of sharp scissors. Apply a thin layer of the adhesive, using a palette knife, to the underside of the leather and push it firmly against the canvas patch. Allow it to dry.
Fill or Patch
For repairing minor damages in the leather, filler can be used to rectify it. Apply a thin layer of the filler with a palette knife to the leather and allow it to dry. Apply continuous layers of the filler, until the hole is leveled with the rest of the leather. In case the damage requires a patch, apply a small amount of adhesive to the outer edge and stick it to the canvas. Make sure to fit the patch into the leather as tightly as possible. Thereafter, fill the edges with the filler, ensuring not to overfill it.
Dab the colorant on the leather as a base coat. Once the colorant dries off, apply several coats of the color coat to seal and protect the repaired leather. Apply thin coats and allow the color coat to dry after each application.