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Leather Couch Repair: 5 Best Methods

4 Aug, 2017 | Tips & Advice

Is your much-loved leather couch starting to look old and tired? If you’re noticing one too many scratches, rips, or even worse, holes, you may be thinking it’s time to throw it out. But stop! Good furniture is expensive enough without buying regular replacements. If you like a bit of DIY, or just want to save money, there are minor repairs you can do yourself and bring your leather furniture back to life! 

Our tips below on how to fix a tear in a leather couch will help you decide which repair solution is right for you. If you notice signs that your leather sofa needs some TLC, get onto it straightaway. The sooner you fix minor problems, the less likely they are to become a big furniture headache. Plus, with a little effort now, you’ll be saving yourself money in the long-run – ‘future you’ will thank you!

 Take a look at our top 5 tips on how to repair ripped leather below.

Why and when to repair leather furniture yourself

Leather is one of the most popular furniture materials in Australia – durable, modern and oh so comfortable, leather ticks all the boxes when it comes to a lounge your family will love. But like anything, it can look a little worse for wear over time. With sun, age and the rigours of daily life, your leather couch can become scratched, stained and faded. Add the impacts of kids and pets, and it’s almost impossible to avoid tears, peeling, scratches and pen marks. 

So, what are the best methods on how to fix a tear in a leather couch? Take a look at our top 5 recommendations.

Always remember to test any products or solutions on a small patch of the damaged furniture before you dive in and repair the whole thing. And if you’re really stuck, contact a leather repair professional (like us!) and we’ll offer our expert advice. 

  1. Leather conditioner

Good for: Minor surface scratches

A good quality leather conditioner can work wonders. Minor scratches from pens, scissors, cutlery or pets can be fixed easily with conditioner and two soft, clean cloths. If you prefer a natural solution over chemicals, try using olive oil, baby oil or lanolin.

Apply the leather conditioner to your cloth and massage it into the damaged areas. Wipe away any excess conditioner with a separate clean cloth. You could be surprised how well it comes up!

  1. Leather repair kit

Good for: tears, punctures and small holes

If your problem is slightly bigger than a scratch, you can try a leather repair kit. These do-it-yourself kits are perfect for small to medium sized repairs, and come complete with leather cleaner, conditioner and colourant to help match the repair to the colour of your couch. 

Keep in mind, leather repair kits aren’t a silver bullet when it comes to leather repairs. Unless you’re an expert you won’t achieve a flawless finish, but they certainly give you the tools to do a solid home repair job.

There are a lot of leather repair kits on the market, so make sure you do your homework before you buy. They’re easy to find at any hardware or auto-parts store so, if you can, take a sample with you and talk to someone in-store.

  1. Stitch it yourself

Good for: leather splits

Similar to a leather repair kit, this is another good do-it-yourself fix – and particularly if you’re a dab hand with a needle and thread.  

Has your couch split at the seams? With daily wear and tear, splits and rips can happen easily. But while it might look like your sofa’s days are numbered, the right needle and thread can work wonders if you catch the split early before the backing and foam are exposed. You can even mend it by following the holes from the existing stitches if you’re lucky with where the split is located. 

Before you start stitching, make sure you have a leather needle and thread (and some glue as a back-up). These can all be found at hardware or auto parts stores. 

  1. Leather glue

Good for: small tears

Leather glue is another way you can fix a tear in a leather couch. Use a thin applicator (or toothpick) to spread the glue, then pinch the two sides of the tear together before wiping away the excess glue. Once that’s done, just let it set. You might also need to add a leather colourant, depending on the job. 

Leather glue can also be used for repairing bigger tears or holes, but for this you’ll also need a leather patch. Find some replacement leather, cut a piece to size and glue it into place. While it’s a simple process, remember that leather glue and a patch done at home will never give you a complete seamless finish. However, it will fix a hole nicely in your favourite leather couch!

  1. Contact your leather repair professional

The techniques above on how to fix a tear in a leather couch, are great ways to keep on top of your leather repairs and keep your favourite furniture looking fabulous.

But if doing it yourself is not your thing or you’re worried you’ll do more damage than good, then call us – the leather repair experts. Every leather repair is different and sometimes it’s best to leave it to a professional. 

Our team at Lounge Repair Guys are here to help. We love leather lounges as much as you do, and we know how to keep them looking their best. We also want to save you the cost of buying something new, and the heartache of saying goodbye to a long-loved furniture friend.

So if the split, tear, rip or deep scratch in your leather couch looks like more than you can handle, let us save you the hassle and do the job for you!

Contact the Lounge Repair Guys today to discuss your leather furniture repair needs.

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