If a cat or dog treat or toy gets lost between the cushions of your leather couch or chair, your canine friend might dig between the cushions to retrieve it. This can cause the claws of your pooch to scuff or scratch the surface of leather furniture. But don’t despair, your couch is not beyond repair. There are a number of products that can be used to recondition leather furniture and diminish the appearance of cats or dogs scratches on just the top layer of the leather.
- Wipe a thin layer of leather-recoloring balm over the scratched areas. This balm should be adequate to disguise shallow scratches, even if they expose some fabric beneath the surface leather.
- Buff away the excess leather-recoloring balm in a smooth circular motion, using a chamois cloth.
- Spray a light coating of orange or olive oil on the surface of the couch. This will reduce the contrast between the damaged and nondamaged areas of the couch, and it can help keep the leather supple. Wipe away the excess oil with another chamois cloth using a straight sweeping motion.
How to Repair Cat Claw Marks on Leather Furniture:
1. Clean the furniture, paying special attention to the damaged area. Moisten a soft cloth or chamois leather wipe and add a drop of a mild detergent. Gently buff the damaged area with the detergent, then wipe clean and allow to dry.
2. Open the leather shoe polish and apply a small amount to the applicator or to a clean rag. Using a buffing motion, rub the polish into the damaged area and blend the edges into the surrounding leather. Allow the polish to set.
3. Buff the polish to a new finish using a clean rag or chamois. If the cat claw marks remain, repeat the process.
4. Apply leather conditioner and buff gently according to manufacturer’s instructions to seal the color.