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How to Repair a Hole In My Leather Seat

Leather---made from the hide of animals---is a durable material used to produce a variety of products. Leather is often used on upholstery covering such furniture as sofas and chairs. Even though leather is sturdy, it can still take damage. It is not unheard of to accidentally poke a hole in your leather seat. Fortunately, you can repair holes in your leather seats with the help of a repair kit.

Open the leather repair kit and place all items out in front of you. Wipe the leather seat clean with a lint-free cloth that has been dampened with cool water. Wipe the hole and surrounding area with the cloth. Dry the area with a lint-free towel.

Open the alcohol pad that came with the kit and wipe the leather seating down with the pad. If your kit did not include an alcohol pad, pour rubbing alcohol into a shallow dish. Wipe the damaged area with a clean lint-free cloth saturated in the rubbing alcohol. Allow the leather to air dry completely before beginning.

Dip the underside of a plastic spoon into the repair compound provided with the kit. Spread the compound over the hole. Make sure the compound is spread 1/2 inch around the hole.

Wet your finger in cool water. Use your wet finger to smooth the compound evenly and allow it to dry.

Use the alcohol pad or a lint-free cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol to rub the compound until it is smooth. Allow to air dry.

Apply the clear coat to the damaged area. The clear coat is applied in the same manner as applying nail polish. You can apply several layers of the clear coat until you reach the desired colour.

Use leather conditioner to add moisture back to the leather seat. During the repair process, moisture is naturally lost. Rub leather conditioner into the leather seat with a lint-free cloth.

Things You'll Need

  • Leather repair kit
  • 4 lint-free cloths
  • Lint-free towel
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Shallow dish
  • Plastic spoon
  • Leather conditioner
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About the Author

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.