Remove or repair cat scratches with olive oil from your favorite leather articles by referring to the tips and tricks in this article.
Leather is a durable and flexible material made from tanning raw skins of animals. It’s a versatile material and possesses the ability to bond to itself. And therefore, it is slightly easier to mend leather. If you have a cat as a pet, you would understand how hard it is to save the leather articles from her scratches. With some safety measurements, like keeping the leather articles in the wardrobe, you can avoid your cat from scratching the material. However, the same can’t be done with leather furniture.
So, what should you do to prevent them from scratches? One of the easy and straightforward ways would be to train your cat not to scratch them, but that can be hard sometimes as cats are very stubborn. Therefore, it’s better to be prepared with counter hacks to repair cat scratches on leather articles. Keep reading to know how to repair cat scratches with olive oil from your leather furniture.
Repair Cat Scratches With Olive Oil
1. Identifying the Leather
To repair the scratch from a leather article, you should first identify the type of leather in particular. In case the scratches are on a piece of furniture, the most common type of leather can be aniline leather, pigmented or finished leather, or bi-cast leather.
However, it is advisable to check for tags, bills, safety manuals, or care instructions that came with the leather article for better details. You can also call up the furniture store/manufacturer in this regard. It is vital to know the leather type as different types of leather needs different types of repairing.
For this DIY, make sure that the leather is neither artificial nor vinyl. You can also perform a small patch test on the underside or a less conspicuous side of the leather article to know if this DIY would damage the material.
2. Type of Scratch
If only the coating of the leather has been scratched, it is a minor scratch and more comfortable to repair. However, if the leather has been partially or entirely cutting through and you can see the underside, it is best to consult a professional.
3. Repair the Scratches
- Pour a small amount of olive oil directly over the scratch.
- Using a Q-tip or a cotton swab, rub the oil on the surrounding leather in a gentle circular motion.
- Let it rest for about an hour.
- Now, wipe off the oil with a clean cloth and observe the changes.
- If the scratches do not improve, repeat the process with more oil this time.
- Let the leather air dry for 12-24 hours before wiping with a cloth.
- However, if you still do not observe any changes or repairs on the scratches, you should consult a professional.
Word Of Caution
Even though olive oil works a great deal to repair the scratches, it can pose more harm in the long run. Since leather once was an ‘animal skin,’ it works the same way as our skin. When you put oil onto it, the oil will seep into the back of the leather- the part you can’t see. And as you use olive oil, again and again, the oil keeps spreading into the leather and surfaces it as well.
Once this happens, your leather will start becoming worn out and will have oily spots. Therefore, it’s better not to use olive oil on leather more often because of leather’s saturating properties. Instead, there are many commercially available cleaners available to remove the scratches. Below are some of our top picks:
We hope that this article will help you to remove the scratches from your furniture or other leather articles. Feel free to share your experiences with us in the comments section.