How to Remove Scratches from Leather

Despite your best efforts to protect your leather, your valuable and heavily-used leather apparel and furniture can be damaged. 

While the unsightly blemish of a scratch may seem permanent, many scratches in leather can be fixed or at the very least diminished. Leather is a very versatile and resilient material. Because leather can bond to itself, there are simple techniques that you can use to repair unsightly scratches.

The first step for repairing a scratch is to contact the manufacturer of your leather accessory, apparel, or furniture. Manufacturers often have special instructions and advice that can help you with your specific piece.  Not all leathers are the same so it is helpful to identify the type of leather with which you are working.


But if your leather is a hand-me-down or was purchased used, you may not know any details about the specific treatment recommendations.  In this case, you can proceed with the standard treatment of applying Leather Honey. As always, be sure to test the product in an inconspicuous area before applying fully. Then using a cotton swab, apply the conditioner directly to the scratch. We don’t recommend a spot treatment, as conditioning can darken some leather, so continue treatment by applying Leather Honey to the entire leather item in a thin, even coat. Then allow the leather to air dry for at least two hours, and up to 24. Do not expose to any direct heat or sunlight.

If the scratch is still visible, you can attempt to dye it using a polish or dye that matches the shade of the leather.  As always, be sure to test the polish on a small, hidden area before proceeding.  Apply the polish or dye to the scratch with a clean cotton swab and then quickly rub the scratch with a clean cloth.  You can repeat these coating and buffing steps until you reach the desired color.

While there is no guarantee that you can remove a deep scratch, these steps can help you try to repair and lessen the appearance of the damage.

The below before & after photos of pet scratches on a leather sofa was sent to us by a satisfied customer. Our conditioner didn't remove the scratches, but it did greatly improve the appearance & helps to hide most of the pet scratches.

Leather Honey can reduce pet scratches on leather.

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