I have a West Elm Hamilton sofa, which is beautiful aniline leather. As beautiful as it is, my cat treats it like her personal scratching post. In this article I'll share how to remove scratches from the leather.
How To Remove Scratches From Leather
Here’s what you’ll need:
Distilled water (distilled is important, do not use tap water!)
Hair dryer (optional)
Leather conditioner ( I use one that is safe for aniline leather)
Dampen the cloth with distilled water and rub it gently across the scratch marks. The marks will darken as they soak in the water.
At this point you can either wait for the water to dry or use a hair dryer to help bring out the natural oils in the aniline leather as it dries. (For these photos I did not use a hair dryer since the baby was sleeping.)
After it dries, apply leather conditioner for further protection.
Here's a before photo of the cat scratches.
And here's an after. So. Much. Better. Isn’t it?
I decided to buy a pheromone spray to discourage scratching but haven’t been as consistent as I should be in using it. Once I do, I’ll let you know my thoughts on it. In the meantime, please give me all of your advice for training cats to not scratch!
- Distilled Water (Grocery Store)
- Soft Cloth (Target)
- Leather Conditioner (Amazon)
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
Published September 4th, 2018 9:00 AM
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