Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Way to go E-V-O-O!
Pets are great - they add to your family, they don't judge you, they provide unconditional love, they scratch up your leather sofas . . . . . So, my cat Buddy, and another Cat George before him, decided that when they were young kittens, jumping on and off my leather sofa was a big time. Unfortunately they left their mark behind. Evidence below:
Hideous, right? After a while I started not to notice, but one day I realized how awful it looked and went online and typed in "cover up cat scratches on leather furniture." Well, there was a world of options out there, but one that I had in my good old pantry was Olive Oil. Found several sites that indicated rubbing olive oil on the surface of minor scratches would do the trick. So I decided, what the heck, it's worth a try, and if it doesn't work I can wipe it off with some baguette slices and have a nice snack with my wine.
Results = FABULOUS!
I am THRILLED with the outcome. I used a soft cloth to rub the olive oil into the leather in circles. I think the key is really rubbing it in. I followed up with a paper towel and buffed it off a bit. I was a bit worried about oil residue on the leather, but the paper towel buffing revealed there was no oil left on surface of leather. A few weeks later it still looks awesome. There are a few deeper marks that are still somewhat visible, but it looks tons better than it did. The oil also brought back the rich tone of the leather a bit.
TAGS: scratch repair, leather furniture, cat scratch, leather sofa, leather chair, repair