Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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Pets are great - they add to your family, they don't judge you, they provide unconditional love, they scratch up your leather sofas  . . . . .   So, my cat Buddy, and another Cat George before him, decided that when they were young kittens, jumping on and off my leather sofa was a big time.  Unfortunately they left their mark behind.  Evidence below:

















Hideous, right?  After a while I started not to notice, but one day I realized how awful it looked and went online and typed in "cover up cat scratches on leather furniture."  Well, there was a world of options out there, but one that I had in my good old pantry was Olive Oil.  Found several sites that indicated rubbing olive oil on the surface of minor scratches would do the trick.  So I decided, what the heck, it's worth a try, and if it doesn't work I can wipe it off with some baguette slices and have a nice snack with my wine.

Results = FABULOUS!

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AFTER                                          


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I am THRILLED with the outcome.  I used a soft cloth to rub the olive oil into the leather in circles.  I think the key is really rubbing it in.  I followed up with a paper towel and buffed it off a bit.  I was a bit worried about oil residue on the leather, but the paper towel buffing revealed there was no oil left on surface of leather.  A few weeks later it still looks awesome.  There are a few deeper marks that are still somewhat visible, but it looks tons better than it did.  The oil also brought back the rich tone of the leather a bit.

TAGS: scratch repair, leather furniture, cat scratch, leather sofa, leather chair, repair

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    1. Coconut oil is even better, and tastes better!

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  2. I'm pinning this, too! Thanks ~ Maureen

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  3. I can't remember whose blog I got to you through, but boy am I glad I did. I am going to fix my sofas today after church. Thanks for this great tip.

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    1. Let me know how it works for you! We've had no residual oil or issues. Kept me from having to replace it for a while.

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  4. This certainly looks better after the treatment. But hey, think about the obvious: If you had real leather shoes/boots/purse/coat, what would you have used to revitalize them? You'd have polished and/or oiled them, right? You can buy leather protectant but just oiling leather is what cowboys have been doing for generations for their saddles, boots, chaps, etc.!

    Nothing different about a leather sofa compared to shoes :-) Ya done good there ;-) Next time if you don't want to use the expensive EVOO, almost any light weight oil will do ;-)

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  5. Thanks for this tip! I have an ottoman that has seen better days. This is so much cheaper than the leather conditioners in the store.

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  6. I can't believe the results! I am trying this tomorrow. My cat scratches the crap out of my dining room chairs. Thanks!!! (Found you on Better After)

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  8. Awesome! I swear we have the exact same couch(mine is a love seat)!!! -Including the scratches!! Gonna try this tonight!

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  9. OMGoodness, will be trying this on our cat scratches!!

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  10. It all makes sense, but how long do you have to wait for it to be fully absorbed as to not stain your clothes when sitting on the couch??

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    1. I wiped an hour later with a clean white paper towel to visually see if there was any residual oil. Nothing. And, we use that sofa every day and have had no issues. Good luck!

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  11. I have the same situation and for the deeper scratches I first used a cotton ball with the furniture scratch cover, I used the one for dark wood and rub it into the scratched area. I let it sit for a while to soak in/dry and then come back with a clean paper towel and run it over the area to pick up any residue that was left. Works good but does need to be re-applied occasionally. Good luck!

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    1. Agree, mine lasted about 6 months and I had to reapply.

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  12. I had only light scratches on my burgundy leather sofa but decided to give the EVOO technique a try. It worked beautifully! I even applied a VERY light amount all over the couch once I saw how well it worked. I applied it with a microfiber cloth and worked it in well. The couch looks like new. I had been noticing that commercially made leather wipes were drying out the leather. The oil soaked in, leaving no reside. Thanks for sharing such an effective and simple idea.

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  13. I have a carmel colored leather sofa and chairs...this doesn't work as well for the lighter color...anyone have any ideas for that? I've tried leather shoe polish in a matching color and it didn't really help much either.

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    1. seems like getting the dry part underneath saturated is the key, what about mink oil (from shoe polish section) ?

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    2. Hello- you can fix those cat scratches with real leather repair dyes. You can find them at www.leathertouchupdye.com

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  14. Just tried this after I read your post! It certainly made my leather look bright and full of life! I was first using olive oil from a little spout bottle and the oil was leaving streaks on my couch. I changed over to vegtable oil afterwards and it worked great and was a lot cheaper. Love it!

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  15. Awesome, we have the same issue and what an easy household solution! Thank you!!

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  16. I'm going to try this with my leather seats in my vehicles- thanks!

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    1. Let me know how that goes, didn't even think of that!

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  17. Awesome, just did this to my couch!!! Looks sooo much better, im just wondering how my dogs are going to react to it when they wake up, im hoping they dont lick the whole thing! evoo doesnt have a really strong smell and i penned them up for a few hours to nap to let any i didnt rub in all the way or wipe off soak in. Thank you!! Now I wont want to cover my couch in blankets when ppl come over! lol

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    1. It's kind of like a miracle. I just had to re-treat my sofa again. Looks like it lasts about 6 months. I still can't believe how well it worked!
      Trish

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  18. If there are nicks or deep scratches use a crayon the color of the leather and mark on the scratch. Then use a cloth and an iron. The heat will let the crayon melt into the leather and bond. I've also used shoe polish for faded leather.

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  19. hey you solved my problem i was very upset to these scratches done by my pet. It really worked. keep updating! Cleaning Jobs uk

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  20. wow, I came across this in Pinterest, and I'm so glad!! thank you! I'm going to try it on my ottoman!

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  21. For very wide or deep scratches, shoe polish in the color of the leather works well. Just be sure to buff it well so your clothes don't get stained.

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  22. Does it or will it get a rancid smell once the oil is on it for ?

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    1. Hi Kym -
      I've now treated my sofa twice in a year, no smell! We're in there all the time. I noticed around 6 months it needed to be re-treated. Good luck!
      Trish

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  23. Wish oil could fix the claw tears in my leather couch. lol

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  24. Tried this then did some research and olive oil is detrimental to leather, even fully finished leather. Leather is dried flesh and during the tanning process all fats and oils are taken out to preserve the leather and to prevent bacteria. So you can surmise that introducing olive oil to leather is de-tanning the leather and you end up with rotting flesh in the long run... Best bet is to get a leather repair kit and no - not the as seen on tv kind.

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    1. Putting your research aside, I believe the people on here that are interested in this quick fix are those that are not necessarily trying to preserve their couches for the long haul. They're trying to avoid throwing their already pet damaged leather furniture in the garbage. This simple, inexpensive, quick fix is perfect for those that want to get a little more life out of the furniture that they thought they were going to toss to the curb. Not to say that your research isn't helpful to those that might want to preserve leather for the long term. Good tip to file away for future use.

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  25. Hey! Do you think this would work on boots too? Great post!

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  26. Wow...thanks for the tip! I, too, have cat scratches on my leather sofa. :)
    Kelly

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  27. With three dogs this is a great tip to know. I will be giving it a try soon.
    Traci

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  28. I did this and while it worked the day of, the next day my couch looked the same as the scratches reappeared.

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  29. very impressive suggestion to care leather product from pets.

    Fix my sofa....

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  30. Wow, this is amazing. I'm going to try it. Just finding you through another blog...I love to re-purpose and redo and such as well. Your profile sounds great, so I signed up! come visit me, if you'd like. ;-)

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  34. Whilst ths might work on some types of leather it could damage others and make further repairs impossible. Shoe polish should not be used on furniture as it will come off on clothing.
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  45. Thank you! I have 6 dogs who have left their mark on my very expensive leather furniture. I can't wait to do this. Thank you again!! Lori

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  46. We have a chair that looks like that from our cat too. I've wondered about using olive oil but hadn't taken the time to look it up and wasn't sure about trying it. Thanks for the tip and showing how well it worked. I appreciate it. I found you through Herbs and Oils of the World on Facebook. :-)

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  47. Does this work on "naked" leather furniture as well?

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  48. I am so happy, I also found you through Herbs and Oils, we have four cats and a beautiful leather Chesterfield that is sure showing the signs of being the favourite place to relax. It is spring here, I am in Australia, just a few days ago I spent $50.00 on a Leather Cleaning and Rejuvinating Kit which I started using on one section yesterday. I read about the Olive Oil, I have several types in the pantry and have used it on the other end. The difference is amazing, the olive oil is 100% fantastic. The other end looks virtually new and was so easy to apply and polish. A million thank you's, it just proves that you don't need to spend loads of money on products. :o)

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  91. What a great blog! You gave me hope! I rented an apartment and I rescued a cat. So long story short, my cat scratched and clawed my owner's leather sofa. Would applying EVOO be able to fix it? I can see there are only minor scratches but what about deep scratches and clawed damage? Please help, please advise. Much much appreciated!

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  92. This picture resembles the state of my sofa. I hope any expert here or anyone who's ever experienced this please share your advice how I can fix this. Can this be fixed with EVOO? Please take a look at this image and I await your reply/ advice on what I should do to fix my owner's sofa to its original state. Many thanks guys! Your input will be greatly greatly appreciated! https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.furnitureclinic.co.uk%2Fimages%2FCat_Scratches_Vid_2.jpg&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.furnitureclinic.co.uk%2FHow_To_Repair_Cat_Scratches_On_Leather.php&docid=91t_rxpqUWPC_M&tbnid=mnotJo5rTxF3JM%3A&w=284&h=216&bih=499&biw=1024&ved=0ahUKEwi89uvIgdTMAhVMNI8KHZr0Al4QMwgmKAkwCQ&iact=mrc&uact=8

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  94. Another method is to use a Magic Eraser. Rub in circles very gently. What you are doing is loosening the dye and redistributing into the scratches. Then use a leather condition agent afterwards, if you want. I use this technique a lot to refurbish leather goods that I sell. I will have to try Olive oil next time .... I think it might be doing the same thing.

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