How to Repair Cracks in Leather Furniture

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How to Repair Cracks in Leather Furniture
Leather furniture must be maintained properly. (brown leather rocker recliner image by James Phelps from

Leather furniture is a great investment that will last for many years with the proper routine maintenance. Cracking leather must be cleaned and conditioned as soon as possible. The longer cracking leather goes uncared for, the higher probability that it won't be repaired successfully.

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Things you need

  • Shoe brush
  • Leather cleaning solution
  • Leather repair kit
  • Leather filler
  • Leather repair lotion
  • Leather sandpaper

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  1. 1

    Remove any dirt or debris from the couch with a shoe brush. This will clear away dust without scratching or harming the leather surface.

  2. 2

    Clean the leather with a water-based solution featuring a neutral pH. It's important not to use cleaners with potent chemicals that can damage the leather. Not every leather cleaner works on each type of leather, so be sure to try the product on a small area before cleaning the entire cracking area.

  3. 3

    Fill all deep cracks with a leather filler that matches your furniture. Make sure you fill the entire crack, then use the provided sandpaper in your leather kit to slowly sand the filler down to a smooth finish.

  4. 4

    Apply the scratch repair solution to each filled-in crack, using the repair cloth that came with the leather repair kit. Gently work the solution into each crack and allow it to dry for a full 24 hours.

  5. 5

    Clean the area again with the same leather cleaning solution you used in Step 2. Make sure that each crack has been filled and the surface is smooth.

  6. 6

    Apply a coat of leather protector to seal each mended crack and preserve the leather. To prevent more cracking, it's important to regularly maintain your leather furniture by cleaning it with a leather cleaner and applying a coat of leather protector every six months.

Tips and warnings

  • Allow ample drying time when applying the scratch repair solution.
  • Seek professional advice if cracks turn into large holes.

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