Repair Leather Upholstery

Repair Leather Upholstery – After many years of usage, leather sofas tend to wear and tear. It usually starts with rips, holes and accidental nicks, which can eventually lead to more serious damage. That’s why you need to repair your sofa as soon as you spot any damage. And yes, you can handle it without professional help.

First of all, you need to find all the required material for this type of repair. Get a pen and a piece of paper and write down the following: a circular leather patch (cut it from strong and flexible leather, but also thin), pair of scissors, leather-safe and water-based cleaner and adhesive, hair dryer and leather-safe dye. Don’t forget the glass jars to mix the dye and paintbrush to apply it.


1. Clean up

This is the first step in order to fix your leather effectively. Clean the surrounding area with the water-based cleaner. Regarding the cleaner, once you go to the janitorial store always look for stickers on the desired cleaner. It should say ‘leather safe’. Anyway, avoid any oil-based cleaners, because they can’t stick to leather and won’t clean it successfully.

2. Drying

Before you continue to the repair process, make sure to air dry the leather area completely. You can do this in two ways. Firstly, you can let the leather dry by itself, naturally. Secondly, use your hair dryer and turn it on low heat. Use this method, if you are in the hurry, but be careful with the heat. You don’t want to shrink the leather by letting it heat up too much. You’d better use a hair dryer with a diffuser to control the stream of hot air.

3. Set the patch

Time to fix the tear. Get the prepared circular leather patch and insert in between the underside of the ripped leather and the seat’s foam cushion. Your patch should be bigger than the tear. The best way to get such leather patches is from second-hand stores, where leather skirts are selling. They are usually inexpensive and easy to find, reliable and perfectly fit for this job as well. Anyway, now use the adhesive and apply it under the tear to keep it in one place. If you want to be sure that the patch will fit well, apply more than one layer of adhesive. It is better to wipe off excess glue, but have the patch firmly in one place.

4. Cover the repair

If you have a small cut on the leather, then you might be able to fix it without much effort. Simply, add some adhesive on both sides of the cut and join them. The result will be near perfect. Anyway, when you have larger damaged on the sofa, well, you should use leather-safe dye. However, if you want to match the right color, make sure to buy different dyes and mix them up until you come up with the desired color. It may seem hard, but in fact it’s not rocket science, so you can handle it. Look for dyes in any major home improvement store. Once you have the right color, use a soft-bristled paintbrush to apply. Coat the top with dye effectively to hide the tear and provide additional resistance. Any untrained eye won’t be able to notice the difference even, if the color is slightly off. Any imperfections can be easily smoothed with sandpaper.


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