How to repair cat scratches on leather sofas

Written by charlie gaston
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How to repair cat scratches on leather sofas
Cats love to scratch the most expensive furniture they can find. (JiriSebesta/iStock/Getty Images)

Most pet owners have had a curious, newly-born kitten or restless cat pick at the sofa in search of a fly or other small prey, and leave a mark or scratch in its wake. Well, don't fret, the scratches can easily be "removed" or, in most cases, covered up with a leather repair product or felt-tip pen. The technology may not seem advanced, but it works.


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    Determine the level of damage and buy the necessary supplies. For optimum results, choose a leather repair product; however you may also use wax furniture polish, shoe polish or a felt-tip pen. Because you will essentially be filling in the scratches, it is important to match the product to the sofa. Do not apply unless the product matches the sofa and, in this case, go for wax furniture and apply specifically to the damaged area.

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    Apply the polish using a cloth. Be specific in your application, only applying the polish to the inside of the scratch. Avoid simply pouring the polish over the area, allow the polish to fill in the scratch as it is wiped clean. Instead, treat the scratch itself and then allow the polish to dry.

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    Follow with a felt-tip pen. Use a felt tip pen to fill in the scratch. If you cannot naturally blend the polish to cover the scratch, use a felt tip pen to eliminate any creasing or indentation made from the split or scratched area. The felt tip pen will allow more control and precision. Use as a last step and after the polish has fully dried.

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    Match and use other materials. Shoe polish is another material that you can use. As with all products, especially polishes, always refer to the manufacturer's instructions and allow the product to dry before applying a second coat. Use the shoe polish as you did with the leather repair. Individual instructions may apply but, in most cases, apply specifically to the scratch, not the entire area, and then allow the polish to dry.

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    Explore other options. Try powdered products that you pour over the scratch, sweep into the indentation and then seal with polish or another agent.

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