Those who own leather furniture know how nice it is to be able to slide onto a smooth leather couch. Apart from going well in your perfect TV room, the fabric is often cool to the touch, and may sometimes have that leather scent everyone loves. Over time, however, our leather couches succumb to wear. They begin having tears, breaks, holes (often brought about by pets), and stains. Damage like this can make the furniture appear ratty and gross, and as we look at our couches with despair we start to think about how much fixing this will cost. Well guess what?! You don't have to worry! Leather couch repair can now be easily done at home!
Repairing Holes and Tears
Using a good leather repair kit is often good enough when it comes to repairing minor holes and tears. The kits come with detailed instructions. Most of them require you:
- clean the damaged area
- wipe the area with an alcohol pad
- apply a sub-patch for deep holes or tears
- spread a layer of the repair compound and letting it dry
- wiping once or twice with an alcohol pad
- spraying or brushing the area with color (Many repair kits come with a variety of colors so you can properly match your leather.)
- applying leather conditioner
Alternatively, you can try using high-grade contact cement. Applying cement inside the tears and holes and pushing the separated leather together can help mend the problem, making tears and holes look really inconspicuous. Just be sure to apply leather conditioner at the end.
The first thing you have to remember about leather stains is that they should be addressed right away. The sooner you work on a stain, the less likely it will “set” or stick. Here are some tips:
- remove food stains with a homemade paste using ½ tsp. Cream of tartar and ½ tsp lemon juice (more if the stain is bigger). Apply the solution and leave for 10 minutes, the proceed to follow the cleaning method discussed in Cleaning Leather with Water-Based Cleansers
- dirt stains can be repaired using a commercial leather cleaner. Sometimes this even works on old stains
- ink stains can be removed with some rubbing alcohol applied on a cotton swab
Body oil stains which come from our hands, our necks, and other areas of our skin can form on the leather couch if we sit in the same position day in and day out. These are quite hard to get rid of because they are the kind of stain the sets slowly over time. To prevent this from happening, be sure to clean the couch regularly.
Do it yourself leather couch repair is easy to do for as long as the damage is minor, such as the problems already discussed. Major damage, like very large tears, stains that have set over time, and fraying of the stitching or the material should be repaired by professionals.