How To Fix Burns In Leather Furniture

Leather furniture is known for its durability, but it can get burn marks from cigarettes, candles, and matches. A burn mark detracts from the appearance of the couch, but you don't have to replace the furniture or reupholster it. It is possible to repair minor burn marks with materials you have around the house. This guide will help you repair the burn marks in your leather furniture:

Cut the Burn

To fix the burn mark, you need:

  • work gloves
  • cotton swab
  • scalpel or small scissors
  • tweezers
  • cardboard (optional)
  • hair dryer 
  • leather repair kit 

If the burn is a straight mark that hasn't gone through the padding, omit the cardboard, cut halfway across the burn and half the depth. You will repair the hole with material from the kit. 

If the burn penetrated the fabric, cut all the way through the mark. Finish cutting the remainder of the damaged section, including discolored areas around the burn, using the first cut as a guide. 

 Apply the Patch Canvas

To fix small holes, cut a piece of patching canvas from the kit or cardboard slightly larger than the hole, but don't make it too big. Test the fit, and cut out another piece, if necessary.

Insert the piece into the hole, and gather the edges of the burn with tweezers. Dab the glue from the kit around the edges with the provided applicator. Add enough glue, but not too much, or it will accumulate on the edges.

Push the edges together and down to ensure they are covered by the glue, making a slight overlap, then allow the glue to dry for twenty minutes. If the burn didn't penetrate the fabric, skip this step, and apply the filler.

Add the Filler 

Apply the filler using the applicator from the kit, which is commonly a palette knife. You may need to apply three or four layers to holes, but allow each layer to dry separately. In most cases, two thin layers of filler are enough. 

Dry it with a hair dryer turned on the lowest setting for three minutes. After you apply the last layer of filler, push the grain pad from the kit on the filler until it falls below the surface. This step isn't always needed unless you want a less obvious repair.

Lightly sand the area with sandpaper from the kit, clean the dust, then apply the dye with the cotton swab until matches the rest of the couch. Don't sit on the furniture until it dries. Add some more dye, if needed.  

Contact local upholstery services for more information and assistance. 


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