How to Repair a Leather Briefcase

Briefcases are a staple for professional men and women in all types of businesses. Often made from the hide of animals, leather is a common material used in the production of briefcases. Leather provides a stylish and classic look that will last for years with the proper care. Daily use of the leather briefcase will leave it damaged or scratched after awhile. Instead of replacing an expensive briefcase, use a leather repair kit to refurbish the case without hiring an expensive leather restorer.

Fill a clean sink with warm water and add two drops of gentle dish soap. Swish the water with your hand for several seconds until it's mixed.

Clean the leather briefcase with a lint-free cloth dampened in the soapy water. Dampen another lint-free cloth with cool water and rinse the soapy mixture off the briefcase.

Wipe the excess moisture off the leather briefcase with a lint-free towel and let it dry completely before continuing.

Cover the damaged leather with a leather-repair kit compound and spread it about a half-inch from the trouble spot.

Leave the repair compound to dry on the leather for one to two hours. Saturate a lint-free cloth with cool water and wring out the excess liquid.

Rub the dried repair compound for several seconds until it is even and smooth. Leave the compound to dry once again.

Cover the dried repair compound with the clear coat included in the kit. Several clear coat applications may be required to achieve the desired result. Let each coat dry before putting on another application.

Clean the leather briefcase with a leather cleaner and conditioner.


Make sure you have read the instructions on your leather-repair kit. Some kits may have specialised instructions.

Things You'll Need

  • Gentle dish soap
  • Lint-free cloths
  • Lint-free towel
  • Leather-repair kit
  • Leather cleaner and conditioner
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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.