Leather is a durable and flexible material. However, it is also vulnerable to scratches! May it be accidentally scratching your new leather wallet with your nails, or your feisty cat scratching your favorite tote bag— scratches on your investment is something you definitely do not want to happen! If something like this occurs, do not panic. Thankfully, there are easy ways on how to fix your scratched leather. Let’s get rid of those unwanted scratches, and make them look good as new!
What things will you need?
Before you get started fixing your scratched leather, there are a couple of things you will need. These are the following:
- a soft cloth rag
- a good leather conditioner
- leather cleaner
- colorless shoe polish
- leather marker
Please be reminded that different products work for different leathers. It is better to test these products first on a small area of your leather bag to make sure it would work well or better ask your leather manufacturer before purchasing them. After gathering all the things you need, let’s get started!
How do I fix a Scratched Leather?
1. Know what kind of leather you have.
Different types of leather are repaired differently. So it is important to know first what kind of leather you own so you’ll know what course of action to take or products to use. The usual types of leather used for leather bags are nubuck, suede, or full-grain leather which is used to make Crazy Horse Leather. If you are unsure about this, ask your leather manufacturer. You could also ask them what you could do, or what products you can buy to fix your scratched leather.
2. Assess the scratch.
Is the scratch deep? or is it light? Leather bags can be scratched with different levels of severity. Light scratches are easier to fix. Deep scratches, on the other hand, may need a more extensive procedure to fix it. You may identify the type of scratch by a simple visual assessment. Below are tips on how to fix a scratched leather depending on the severity of the scratch:
- Before you start repairing your leather, always clean it first. Pour a small amount of leather cleaner or white vinegar onto a soft cloth rag. Apply this to the damaged area and rub it gently.
- After cleaning it, get your leather conditioner. Since it’s only a light scratch, your trusted good ol’ conditioner might just do the trick. Pour a small amount of the product onto a small cloth rag, and apply it on the damaged area in a small circular motion to help lessen the scratch. Air dry completely.
- Use a leather marker to touch up on the damaged area. Put on a small amount of leather marker on the area until you achieve your desired color.
- Buff it with a dry cloth and remove the excess product.
- Before repairing it, make sure to clean your leather first. Pour a small amount of leather cleaner or white vinegar onto a soft rag and gently dab it on the damaged area. Let it air dry.
- Once it’s dry, apply a colorless shoe polish onto the damaged area. Rub it gently until the product is blended properly.
- If the scratch is still visible after this, you may try to apply a leather conditioner and blend it with the colorless shoe polish. Rub the area in a circular motion, and see if it works. You could also try applying petroleum jelly or your regular moisturizer if it does the trick. However, always remember to apply these products first on an inconspicuous area, and assess if it works well.
- Use a leather marker to touch up on the damaged area. Put on a small amount of the product on the damaged area until you achieve your desired color.
- If the scratch is still visible, you may want to consider asking for professional help.
3. Apply Leather Moisturizer.
After doing the steps above, always remember to apply a good leather moisturizer onto your leather. This keeps the leather durable and supple. Put an amount of leather conditioner onto a soft cloth rag, and gently rub it to the area where you applied leather marker. You do not only moisturize the leather but also remove excess leather marker and blend the color.
These are easy remedies you can do at home. If the scratches are still visible, and nothing works, you can always ask help from a leather repair professional. They would know how to handle these types of damages. Also, keep in mind that the longer you leave these scratches be, the more impossible they are to repair. So, act right away!
How to fix a scratched Crazy Horse Leather
Well, taking care of your Crazy Horse Leather does not necessarily require special steps. BUT if you want them to last for a long time, you could always run the extra mile to take care of it! Crazy Horse Leather is the best type of Full Grain Leather used for leather bags and accessories. We use Crazy Horse Leather for our leather bags like The Eira Duffle Bag. Although it is a strong and flexible material, it is also not safe from scratches. To fix it, you can grab a soft rag cloth and gently rub the scratches in a circular motion, and follow the easy remedies on how to fix a scratched leather that we provided earlier. Some people, however, prefer to leave the scratches as it adds to the leather’s beauty and unique appearance. To make sure your leather ages beautifully and last for a long time, you can also ask for special leather creams or wax that you could use on your leather.
Preventing scratches on your leather is so much better than actually fixing it. (So keep your leather bags from your cats, or your children.)However, if you encounter such a situation, you can always refer to these remedies! We hope we made fixing scratched leathers easier for you. For more high-quality Crazy Horse Leather Bags, check out our products.