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Shoe polish to fix scratches on leather sofa

post #1 of 11
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Our new puppy has put some relatively shallow scratches in the arm of our leather sofa (it's dark brown). Is it reasonable to use shoe polish to try to hide the scratches? Any other/better options?
post #2 of 11
how deep are they? I have decent full grain on my sofa and my dog puts scratches in it all the time - I just hit it with a rag moistened with neatsfoot oil and a bit of black shoe polish, makes the scratches virtually disappear. Do not know how it'd react with brown though, depends entirely on the shade and finish type of the leather in question.
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Very shallow. Not enough to change the color, just the texture.
post #4 of 11
If it is 'genuine leather' (ie leather with a painted-on finish) you could try the shoe polish and a bit of oil mixed so that it works its way in without being too heavy; if it's aniline dyed or tanned, I'd actually try hitting it up with a crayon in the right shade, maybe using a cloth to work it into the raw scratched parts.
post #5 of 11
I'm actually going to use Leather Honey tomorrow on my mom's 10 year old Natuzzi she's giving me that hasn't ever been cleaned and has been around a dog and cat for 5ish years.

I'll let you know how it turns out if you want, or just order a small bottle yourself.
post #6 of 11
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I'd be interested to hear how it works out.
post #7 of 11
Just leave it alone, it is patina, the whole point of a leather sofa.

Lexol, or Obaneuf's Leather oil if you decide to try something. Shoe polish will come off and get on your clothes (and dog).
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Just leave it alone, it is patina, the whole point of a leather sofa.
Lexol, or Obaneuf's Leather oil if you decide to try something. Shoe polish will come off and get on your clothes (and dog).

This works.
post #9 of 11

My pet destroyed the sofa so much that I bought a new one few days back. facepalm.gif

post #10 of 11
That's why I don't have pets.
post #11 of 11
For light scratches (maybe "scuffs" would be a better description), you can buy a bar of Ivory soap and gently rub it into the blemishes. Use a small bit of water. Then get a good cleaner / conditioner and try to buff the scratch out.

Don't try this on suede.
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