Has your leather sofa become a scratching post for the cat? If so, you are not alone. But, don’t worry, help is at hand. We stock all the products you need to repair the damage and can offer expert advice.  

For furniture leather with a satin or matt finish, usually pigmented (coloured) leather, you should always do a test on a hidden area by rubbing in a drop of water. If the water penetrates the surface and darkens it, then it is porous leather. But, if the water remains on the surface, then it is pigmented leather, which is protected from water penetration by its colour coating. If unsure, always seek advice from a leather specialist first. Send us an email with photos of the issue and we will advise the best solution for your leather furniture.

Scratches on leather are usually visible, as the marks will show lighter for dark coloured leathers, and darker for light coloured leather. When scratched, the leather surface becomes rough to the touch as the fibres are broken.

When the scratches are superficial, then the main issue is the colour difference. In such cases, this can be solved by applying Colourlock Leather Fresh in the same colour – the good news is that we can customise the colour to an exact match if you send us a sample of the leather.  Colourlock Leather Fresh is a special leather dye that doesn’t stain the clothing later so it can be used on all areas of your leather furniture. 

                                           Cat scratches light leather sofa     Cat scratches dark leather sofa

How to repair small scratches on leather

Firstly thoroughly degrease the area with Colourlock Leather Cleaning Spirit and smooth it out with the Colourlock Leather Sanding Pad. You can then apply Colourlock Leather Fresh leather dye in the same colour with a sponge. If the scratches are a bit deeper, you might need to apply several layers of colour. Make sure you dry the area being treated with a hair dryer between layers. Colourlock Leather Fresh has some binding properties that help making damages less visible. Any rough areas can be smoothed down using a Colourlock Leather Sanding Pad. If the damaged area is very small, you can also apply Colourlock Leather Fresh with a thin brush.

How to repair deep scratches on leather

In some cases, the damage to the leather fibres will still be visible after applying the leather dye. There might be some cracks and edges turned up from the surface of the leather furniture. These can be glued back down using a bit of Colourlock Leather Glue. We recommend using a needle to apply the glue very thinly to the loose edges, press the fibres down and let dry or use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process. If there is any excess glue, this can be removed with Colourlock Leather Cleaning Spirit.

If the leather fibres have been pulled out as shown on the image below, you can use nail clippers to cut them down.

For deeper scratches where the leather is torn, you will need to use Colourlock Liquid Leather to fill in the gaps and stabilise the damaged area before applying the leather dye, as explained before. In the case of cat scratches, this is very rarely needed as they are mainly on the surface of the leather and not torn. 

It is important to note that although scratches can be noticeably improved, the leather will not look as good as new, as there will be a scar mark. Also, if your cat has had a real go, it might not be possible to repair effectively,  in which case you may need to replace the leather, as on this photo of a very hyperactive kitten.

Leather sofa cat deep scratches

How to stop cats from scratching leather furniture

Cats have a very sensitive nose, so by simply mixing a small amount of fine milled white pepper or some lemon oil into the leather care product used on your furniture, you can keep your pet away from it. 

Some dogs also like to scratch sofas

Some dogs might dig a ‘hole’ on your leather sofa when they want to lie down,this can leave some light scratch marks on sitting areas of your leather furniture. Luckily, dog claws are not as sharp as those of cats so the scratches will be lighter and can be repaired with a Colourlock Leather Sanding Pad and Colourlock Leather Fresh leather dye as explained above.

                                             Dog scratched light leather sofa     Dog scratched dark leather sofa

…on the other hand, if your dog would rather eat the sofa, well that is another story!

Leather sofa eaten by dog

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Top tips!

  • Use white pepper powder or lemon to keep your pet away
  • Light scratches can be hidden with a touch of colour
  • Use nail clippers to remove standing fibres
  • Love your pet, look after your pet; love your leather sofa, look after your leather sofa