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Even though leather is a considerably durable material, wear and tear show no mercy to it. Sometimes a scratch appears out of nowhere on your leather bags or a split occurs on your favorite pair of leather shoes. If you notice any of these things, don’t panic! The damage is reversible and you can still save your favorite leather materials in a heartbeat.
Here at Bright Side, we have some tips for you on how to restore your leather items and make them look like brand new again.
Even if you think it’s hopeless, a really deep tear in your leather boots can turn invisible using superglue. How to restore a split: Apply some super glue to the tip of a toothpick. Hold the leather side that split in half and apply the super glue to the inside of the leather. Then take a smooth cloth and press hard on the leather to hold the superglue on to the skin firmly. Make sure you apply a tiny bit of superglue to prevent it from leaking and covering the outside of the leather. Hold it in place for 1-2 minutes. How to restore a scratch: Using a toothpick again, apply some super glue on the tip of it. Then try to fill in the scratch with the super glue using very light movements. Let it sit for 2-3 minutes. Finally, find some leather paint whose color is identical to the color of your shoes and apply 2-3 layers on top. Let it dry.
For this tip, you can use paste wax; preferably one containing beeswax in order to ensure durability, stain, and oil protection. How to use it: Using a clothing brush, brush the damaged leather surface to remove any fluff or dirt that might have gotten stuck in the scratches. Then apply some paste wax on a clean cotton rag and lightly buff it onto your shoes. Using a clean area of the cotton rag, buff the wax paste again to remove any excess. Let it sit there for 5-10 minutes. Then, apply 2 or 3 layers of the same color leather paint on top and let it dry.
Olive oil can make leather sparkle and look like brand new again when used correctly. It might seem unconventional but olive oil can be used to nourish leather skin especially when it becomes dry after prolonged wear. How to use olive oil: Take a clean cotton rag and apply some olive oil to it. Then using light circular motions, start rubbing the olive oil on top of the scratch and the surrounding area. Let it sit there until it is completely absorbed and dry. If the scratch is still visible, take it a step further: Apply some olive oil on the scratched leather skin. Using a clean rag, dip it in some water and squeeze out the excess water. Apply it on top of the scratch. Turn on your clothing iron and when it’s ready, place it on top of the dampened cloth for a few seconds. Then, cover the scratched area completely using some shoe polish on a q-tip. Finally, remove the excess polish using a sponge.
When it comes to patent leather or in plain words, leather that has been treated with varnish, the process of removing a scratch is quite easy. Mainly because the glossy finish applied on the leather provides extra hardened protection. Caring for leather that has been treated with varnish only requires cleaning it and keeping it shiny. You can do that by using items that you have available in your own home. How to use it: Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and add a few drops of washing liquid. Using a clean cotton rag, dip it into the mixture and apply it to the leather surface where the scratches appear. After that, get a clean cotton rag again and wipe it until it becomes dry. Apply a thin layer of clear nail polish on top of the scratch and let it dry.
Toothpaste can be used as a cleaning agent around the house. Not only can you use it to clean the bathroom, polish silver, or defog the mirror, but you can also use it to clean leather shoes. How to apply the toothpaste: Squeeze out some toothpaste on a clean cotton cloth. Spread it onto your shoes using light circular motions. Then take a shoe cleaning brush and start going all over the surface of your shoes and start rubbing. Finally, take a clean cotton cloth and remove all the toothpaste from the surface of the leather.
This is ideal for people who have stepped outside in the snow with their leather boots and got some salt stuck on their shoes. White vinegar works miracles when it comes to removing stains from salt and it’s unbelievably easy! How to use: Add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to a cup filled with lukewarm water. Take a cotton cloth and dip the tip of it into the mixture. Rub your shoes over with the dampened cotton cloth like you would if you were polishing them.
Have you ever tried any of these methods to restore leather? What has worked for you? Please let us know in the comments below.