How to Fix Dog Scratches on Leather Furniture That Are Just on the Top Layer of the Leather

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Things You'll Need

  • Leather-recoloring balm in same shade

  • 2 chamois cloths

  • Olive or orange oil

  • Spray bottle

Tip

The leather experts at DIY Leather Solutions say the deeper the dog scratches are, the more leather-repair compounds you will need to work into the damaged area. You may also need to level out the area around the scratches with sanding and add color to disguise the damage.

To prevent further damage to your leather, trim your dog's nails and train it to stay off the furniture.

Scratched leather can be restored using DIY leather-recoloring balm.

If a 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 dog scratches on just the top layer of the leather.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

Buff away the excess leather-recoloring balm in a smooth circular motion, using a chamois cloth.

Step 3

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.

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Tucker Cummings

Tucker Cummings is a freelance writer based in New England. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of New Hampshire and is a member of the Association of Professional Business Writers. Cummings is also a food writer and curates the blog, Brave New Breakfast.