It’s a sinking feeling. You’re cleaning up after the party, and when you lift the sofa pillow, you see that one of your guests (you wish you knew who) just left a long white scratch on your new leather couch. Or, your sweet, docile little fur baby suddenly decided to go all territorial on your leather armchair. Meaning, one whole corner now looks like a mangled chew toy. You’re faced with the question: Can I fix this myself, or does this require professional leather furniture repair?
It depends. Leather is a reasonably forgiving material. Slight scratches and scuffs in leather furniture can sometimes be successfully disguised, if not completely repaired. If you have a small, faint scratch, you can sometimes disguise it simply by rubbing a little olive, orange or almond oil into the affected area. You can also rub a tiny amount of like-colored shoe polish on the scratch to make it blend in better.
If, on the other hand, your leather furniture has a tear, you have a harder problem. There are some do-it-yourself kits available online for torn leather furniture, but most require the use of gummy adhesives, fillers or paint. The results may be satisfactory, or they may not, depending on your own skill and the quality of the materials you use. If you’re just patching the rec room couch, that may be fine, but if it’s your prized antique armchair, not so much. If you have an heirloom piece, an expensive piece, or if your lovely leather sofa is brand new, you’ll want an expert, because a furniture pro can make a torn or badly scratched leather piece look brand new.
Taking a marred piece of leather furniture to an expert has several additional benefits, as well. If you like the style of your piece, but would like it better in another style or color, a furniture pro can rework the look of your leather piece to better match your décor, your personality, or even your whim. You can have arms and legs, studs, or backs added or removed. You can even have the basic shape or size of the piece changed, if for example you plan to move and need a smaller sofa to fit into a smaller space.
A furniture pro can even relieve you of the necessity to hire a moving company. If you want to take a large, heavy piece of leather furniture with you to your new home, the expert can not only repair or redesign it, he can actually take it apart so that it’s a snap to move, then reassemble it in your new space. No measuring, no worries, no back pain! There are plenty of ordinary furniture movers; NYC is full of companies that will charge you to move your furniture the awkward way. But why not make moving day easy?
If your leather furniture is scratched, torn, or just needs to be moved, call a furniture pro today. You’ll be amazed at the number of problems a furniture expert can solve!