How to Remove Scratches from Your Leather Bag
If a small scratch appears on any leather bag, the best course of action is to simply rub the scratch with your fingers. This should remove or conceal the scratch by using oils from your skin to blend with the leather. Large scratches should be treated with a leather oil that suits your bag. Apply a small amount of the oil to the scratch, rub it in gently and then remove the oil with a dry cloth. Make sure the oil matches the quality, type and colour of your leather so that you do not do further damage to the material. You can find leather oil online or in selected stores. Should you accidentally stain your backpack using a product, however, the effects may be irreversible.
- Clean the leather using a leather-specific cleaner following the manufacturer’s directions. Avoid household cleaners or cleaners that contain alcohol or mineral spirits.
- Treat the leather with a leather conditioner by dipping a soft microfiber cloth in leather conditioner and gently buffing it into the leather using a circular motion. Smooth over the scratch using leather conditioner to help lay down the lifted leather in the scratch. This is often enough to make the scratch disappear.
- Dab the scratch with white vinegar. Dip a microfiber cloth in white vinegar and smooth it along the scratch, laying the lifted leather down as you go. This causes the leather to swell and close up the leather, reducing the appearance of a scratch.
- Apply shoe polish to the scratched leather. Choose a shoe polish in a colour that matches the leather and follow the manufacturer’s directions to apply it to the leather.
- Clean the leather using a cleaner made specifically for patent leather. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for the best results.
- Apply shoe polish to the leather. Look for a polish that matches the colour of the leather and buff it into the scratched area following the manufacturer’s directions, using the provided brush or soft cloth.
- Coat the shoe in a liquid silicone finish. Patent leather is produced when finished leather is coated in a lacquer. Liquid silicone mimics this shine to help hide imperfections and cover up the matte finish of polish.
- Clean the leather using a pencil eraser. Suede is a more delicate form of leather, and should not get wet even while cleaning. An eraser can remove surface dirt without getting the leather wet.
- Raise the grain of the suede leather using a soft wire brush or toothbrush. Gently buff the leather using the brush until the leather is lifted. This won’t eliminate the scratch, but it cam help hide it.
- Condition the shoes using a leather conditioner made specifically for suede leather. Follow the manufacturer’s directions and take care not to apply too much product. This also helps to hide imperfections.
Things You Will Need
- Leather cleaner
- Microfiber cloth
- Leather conditioner
- Shoe polish
- Liquid silicone finish
- Soft wire brush or toothbrush
Tip: Test out each method on an inconspicuous part of the leather prior to using it on a more conspicuous place.
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