Easy Methods of Leather Repair

As humans, naturally mistakes and accidents occur from time to time. This is especially cumbersome if something happens to expensive goods in your home, especially those you enjoy in your day-to-day. I’m referring, of course, to your Leather Furniture.

Leather repairs are a fast and easy way to revitalize your leather, and make it look YEARS younger! Certified technicians can smooth the lines of time away from your leather furniture. Perhaps there are scrapes, cuts or rips from heavily trafficked areas on that living room sectional. Or the corners of the couch have bumps, tears, or gouges from being bumped into? Maybe your favorite recliner has scratches and rough spots from the family dog playing too exuberantly. Whatever the case may be, leather repair can help you help yourself by transforming your leather furniture back into the bright and spotless piece that it once was.

Scrapes and cuts that may be visually displeasing to you are no match for the right techniques. When using special, flexible compounds designed for low-level, moderate damage, or shallow scrapes, applying thin layers gradually will fill in the openings. Gently applying the compound to the area needing repaired with a slight metal tool or knife can smooth away this type of damage, so long as you are careful to not get it to thick between layers. Also, make sure you wipe the knife in between applications so as not to spread excess unnecessarily.

If you have a larger slice or scrape in the cushion or bolster of your couch, even a cut or gouge, don’t fret… there are ways to minimize these as well! Using unique and slightly different leather repairing compounds than before, that have added strength and durability from being cured with heat, these damaged areas will soon be a distant memory as well. Again you will need to use a steady hand and a lot of patience to apply even, thin layers, and cure them before applying more. If there is a large cut, you may need to use a material sub patch beneath the leather to add additional strength to the repair. Continue filling the void with the leather repair compound and curing with heat until the area is once again smooth.

Sometimes your sofa, couch, chair or recliner is in fabulous condition, but the leather’s color is inevitably fading? There is even a solution for this as well: by re-dying your furniture! There are many methods out there, but the best results are produced with a custom, three-step process. Usually the best results are achieved when a professionally trained technician personally matches and hand-makes a custom blended dye to match your furniture. Each piece is then carefully cleaned and closely examined for any issues that may require more leather repairs. Next the leather is prepped with a proprietary chemical blend designed to open the pores of the hide so that the dye is more easily absorbed. The dye is applied either by hand application of a sponge, or slowly and evenly by air brushing it on in thin layers. Air brushing makes for a more natural and even look. No matter the application, each layer is cured with heated air by hand, to ensure maximum bonding and added resilience.

Another option for some is changing the color of leather furniture. You don’t need to dispose of that high quality couch or chair that you have had for years, simply because you are no longer fond of its color. The color can be updated by this same dying process, as described above, and the results speak for themselves. You will be astounded by the results. Make sure to condition and care for your leather regularly. Your leather will have never looked better, except maybe on the day you purchased. Your friends and house guests will be astounded, and may even think you purchased new furniture!

In short, before you make any hasty decisions regarding a timeless piece of quality leather furniture that perhaps is looking a little under the weather, first explore your options! You can easily repair leather, and also refresh it with new dye, or even a completely different look with a different color!