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.

Because leather can bond to itself, there are simple techniques that you can use to repair unsightly scratches.

Leather Scratch Restoration

Contact the Manufacturer

While the unsightly blemish of a scratch may seem permanent, many scratches in leather can be fixed or at the very least diminished.Leatheris a very versatile and resilient material.

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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.

Hiding Scratches on Leather

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.

Leather cleaning and Conditioning

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.

Deep Scratches on Leather

If you notice deeper scratches on leather, you'll want to work with a good, non-toxic leather cleaner. The best leather cleaner will help get any grime or debris out of the scratches. Dab the scratches and gently wipe away any dirt.

Once dry, take some colorless shoe polish and gently rub it into the area. Alternatively, use Leather Honey leather conditioner to gently buff out the scratch. If needed, apply a tiny bit of olive oil to help blend the scratch into the leather.


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