Leather Furniture Repair

I offer leather furniture repair in your home. Most types of damage can be repaired including:

Tear, cuts and scratches
Worn spots and scuffs
Stain, Fading & Discoloration

Most leather repairs can be completed in the home as these items do not have to be transported back and forth to my shop. The basic repair process is simple and most projects can be completed within an hour or two.

The first step in leather repair is to clean the leather to remove impurities and any contamination which would hinder the process.

In some respects, there is similarity to repairing leather as there is to wood. Breaks need to be reglued, a gouge needs to be filled with a putty, an abrasion needs to be sanded smooth, color loss needs to be re-stained.

Leather repair products have an elasticity and are flexible as leather stretches and bends. Obviously wood repair products are not suitable. Newly applied color requires durability.

I’m often asked to repair damages caused by cats and dogs. Perhaps your cat has used the corner of the sofa as a scratching post. Maybe your dog thought your favorite recliner would make for a good snack. These are very challenging projects and expensive to repair. Reupholstery might be a better option to pursue.

If I’m sent photographs of the damages and a good overall picture of the item, I can reply with an evaluation and give you an approximate repair budget.

Leather Repair – Real Leather or Bonded?

Many of the inquires I receive regarding leather repair are requests to service inexpensive sofas, chairs and recliners that have been upholstered in bonded leather. Regretfully these items cannot be serviced.

The good news…… real leather can usually be repaired.

The bad news…. not all leather furniture is real leather. The furniture and garment industry has misled the consumer into believing what they have is real leather. But this isn’t entirely true.

In the process of manufacturing items from leather animal hides, there are many left over scraps. These are all gathered up, ground up into a reconstituted pulp and then bonded to a fabric or vinyl backing. With various other finishes and polishes this manmade product is a seamless fabric that looks and feels like real leather. It’s often very difficult to tell from the real thing.

Compared to real leather, bonded leather is inexpensive. Real leather lasts a lifetime and takes on a patina. For a short term, perhaps bonded leather will look great on belts, purses and garments but this fabric on furniture does not offer any significant durability and soon fails, depreciates and becomes a problem.

Tears and abrasions on bonded leather cannot be repaired. The leather repair process requires using a heat gun to dry the repair materials. Heat applied to bonded leather will blister the fabric and consequently cause the technician more problems than what he is trying to correct.

If I have a bonded leather furniture item to service, I can repair areas with some loss of color. Anything more serious than that, I would not risk my time or effort even trying.