How to Repair a Tear in a Leather Chair

With some extra care and attention, your torn leather chair can look like new again.

Buying leather furniture is quite an investment, but, even in the most careful of environments, accidents do happen. A tear in a leather couch is not desirable, but if it does happen, it's not the end of the world. Treat the tear immediately and meticulously. You can take action to repair the tear in your leather chair and forget it ever happened.

Wash the surface of the torn area using a wash cloth and dish detergent. Wipe the soapy area clean with water, making sure all soap is gone before drying. Wipe the tear and its surroundings with an alcohol wipe to eliminate any additional gunk, according to

Spread the leather repair compound on the tear carefully and precisely--about 1/2 inch outside the tear, according to Smooth the compound-covered area with your finger (with a little water on it), being careful not to spread the compound outside of the original boundary. Blow dry on warm with a hair dryer.

Smooth the compound-covered area with alcohol once the surface dries. Don't rub too much because it might begin to remove the mixture. Let it air dry.

Color coat the one torn area with the mix in your kit. Make sure to use the correct leather shade before applying. The first couple of coats must be thin. Keep applying coats until the desired color is achieved, according to It's important to let each coat dry before applying the next. You can't see the coat in its true color until it dries.

Condition the area with a leather conditioner, and apply conditioner to any other areas that look like they are becoming worn.

Things You Will Need

  • Leather repair kit
  • Wash rag
  • Dish detergent
  • Alcohol wipe

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