How to repair cat scratches in natuzzi leather
Natuzzi is a large Italian furniture manufacturer. Its leather is crafted by hand using Old World Italian techniques. Consumers often find that Natuzzi leather is pricier than other leathers due to the specialised way in which the leather products are made.
If your cat decided to use your Natuzzi leather furniture as a scratching post, do not spend thousands of dollars on new furniture. You can make repairs yourself with a few simple products.
Prepare the Natuzzi leather item for repair by adding a dime-sized drop of leather cleaner onto a soft, clean cloth. Wipe the entire leather surface with the leather cleaner to remove dirt, deep oil or other ground-in substances that may keep the filler from properly sticking. Along with helping the filler to stick well to the leather, cleaning will also eliminate the possibility of dirt grinding and further scratching the leather with the sandpaper.
- Natuzzi is a large Italian furniture manufacturer.
- Wipe the entire leather surface with the leather cleaner to remove dirt, deep oil or other ground-in substances that may keep the filler from properly sticking.
Cut away all loose leather fibres sticking up from the cat scratches with small cuticle scissors. This will cause the scratches to be much smoother and neater, allowing the leather repair to appear flawless.
Sand the cat scratches with a piece of 320-grit sandpaper to remove loose and small pieces of leather remaining on the surface of the Natuzzi furniture. Use a finer piece of sandpaper, such as 1200-grit, to sand and smooth the edges of the cat scratches.
Clean the sanded area with the leather cleaner and cloth again to remove all the sanding grit and dust from the cat scratch. Allow the Natuzzi leather to air-dry for one to two hours or until leather is completely dry.
Fill the cat scratches in with leather filler using a small palette knife. Allow the leather filler to set for five minutes before sanding the filled scratches with the 1200-grit sandpaper to level the filler even with the surrounding Natuzzi leather.
- Cut away all loose leather fibres sticking up from the cat scratches with small cuticle scissors.
- Allow the leather filler to set for five minutes before sanding the filled scratches with the 1200-grit sandpaper to level the filler even with the surrounding Natuzzi leather.
Dip a small, clean sponge into leather colourant that matches the colour of the Natuzzi leather. Apply the colourant to the leather using the sponge in a smooth and even application that covers the filled scratches.
Allow the first coat of leather colourant to dry for up to two hours, depending upon the surrounding temperature and humidity conditions within the room or workspace.
Apply a second coat of matching leather colourant to the Natuzzi leather with the sponge.
Spray a protective lacquer onto the Natuzzi leather to seal the colour and protect the leather from future damage.
- Test a small area on the Natuzzi leather with the leather cleaner and cloth in a spot that is inconspicuous to make sure that the colour will not come off.
Rachel Turner has been writing professionally since 2000, focusing on gardening and home improvement topics. Her articles have appeared online at SlowTravel and in publications such as the "Arkansas Gardeners," "One Step Ahead" and "Writers Now." Turner holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Arkansas State University.