How to Repair a Leather Recliner

Steve Bradley

Leather recliners have many positive attributes. They are comfortable, attractive, easy to clean and fairly durable. However, even leather furniture will get its share of scratches and marks over time.

Repair scratched recliners

Luckily, repairing much of the surface damage to a leather chair is fairly simple and requires nothing more than regular household products. Repairing a leather recliner is a job any do-it-yourselfer can manage on a weekend afternoon.

  1. Pour a few tablespoons of olive oil into a small bowl and dip a clean cotton rag into it. Rub the oil into the scratched leather with small circular motion. The oil will help to bond the leather together as well as increase its overall flexibility, preventing further damage. Repeat this process if the scratch is still visible after ten minutes. If scratch the persists continue to next step.

  2. Soak a clean cotton rag in warm tap water. Wring out the cloth so that it is no longer dripping. Place it directly onto the scratch on the leather recliner.

  3. Heat an iron on a medium setting. When ready, place the iron on the damp cloth. The heat should raise the leather’s natural oils, which can self-repair some minor scratches. Do not leave the iron sitting on the cloth; move it back and forth in traditional ironing fashion for about one minute. If the scratch is still visible, continue to the next step.

  4. Camouflage the scratch with shoe leather polish. Some scratches will remain visible even after the above treatment. A final solution is to hide the appearance of the damage. Rub a small amount of a matching color shoe polish into the area with a cotton swab. The buff it out with a clean cotton cloth. In addition to hiding the scratch, the polish will help to bond the leather fibers together creating a stronger fabric.