How to Take Care of Leather Furniture With Dog Scratches

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Fix scratches on leather furniture with readily available items.
Fix scratches on leather furniture with readily available items. (Image: Overstuffed Brown Leather Reclining Sofa image by James Phelps from Fotolia.com)

Both large and small dog breeds can leave scratches on your leather furniture, whether it’s your Pomeranian scratching the leather couch trying to get your attention or your Great Dane thinking it’s his turn to take a nap on the leather chair. Prevention is the best approach, and keeping your dog’s nails clipped and sanded smooth will help prevent damage to your furniture. If you find minor dog scratches on your leather furniture but don’t happen to have a leather repair kit handy, you can still quickly repair the damage with items you have at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Leather touch-up paint, leather dye, watercolor paint or marker pen
  • Fine-tipped artist’s paintbrush with rounded end
  • Straight pin
  • 3 toothpicks
  • Craft glue
  • Rag
  • Hair dryer

Paint the exposed, lighter-colored areas of the scratches to match the color of the leather finish. You can use leather touch-up paint, leather dye, watercolor paint or even a marker pen. Apply the paint or dye with a fine-tipped artist’s paintbrush or a toothpick. Let the coloring dry completely before proceeding to the next step.

Use a straight pin or a clean toothpick to hold back the tiny edges of the scratches.

Apply craft glue, using a toothpick or an artist’s paintbrush, under the edges of the scratches.

Press the edges of the scratches down gently, using the rounded end of the paintbrush. Do not apply too much pressure, or the craft glue will push out from under the edges of the scratches.

Wipe gently, in the direction of the scratches, with a slightly damp rag to remove excess craft glue.

Use a hair dryer to speed up the drying time of the craft glue.

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