How to Fix Pet Scratches in a Leather Sofa

Written by bridie cavanaugh
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Leather furniture can appeal to pet owners because it does not attract and trap pet hair. A pet's nails may leave scratches on the wax covering the leather, however, or the damage may run deeper. While some scratches will fade over time, you should treat them as soon as possible to keep your leather looking vibrant.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Warm water
  • Clean cotton cloth
  • Chamois
  • Leather cleaner/conditioner
  • Marker
  • Olive oil
  • Orange oil
  • Milk
  • Furniture polish
  • Leather repair kit

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    Options for Small Scratches or Scuffs

  1. 1

    Remove small scratches or scuffs by rubbing them gently with your bare finger. Your skin's natural oils will blend into the leather and minimise the mark's visibility.

  2. 2

    Rub the scratch with a chamois cloth. Rub in a circular motion until the scratch is no longer visible.

  3. 3

    Use a clean, white cotton cloth to apply leather cleaner, or conditioner, directly onto the scratch. Rub in a circular motion and wipe off any excess. Allow the cleaner to dry.

  4. 4

    Dampen a clean, white cotton cloth with warm water. Gently rub the scratch marks left by your pets.

  5. 5

    Touch up small scratches with an ink marker in a slightly lighter colour than your sofa. Let the ink dry and buff the area with a clean cloth.

  6. 6

    Gently rub olive oil or orange oil into the scratches to make them disappear. Milk can also work to remove scratches.

    Options for Deep Scratches

  1. 1

    Purchase a leather repair kit. These kits usually contain leather dye, patches and adhesives. Follow the manufacturer's directions closely.

  2. 2

    Rub furniture polish, in a matching colour, into the scratch. Let it dry, then buff with a clean cloth.

  3. 3

    Contact the manufacturer of your sofa and request repair recommendations, or seek professional leather repair assistance.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep your pet's nails short to prevent significant damage to the leather.
  • Teach your pets not to climb on the furniture.
  • Test any repair method on a hidden part of your sofa before attempting treatment.
  • Organic products such as olive oil or milk are a temporary fix. They will be absorbed into the leather and over time may cause further damage.

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