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By 8/13/2009


take your coat off, let's chat.

about leather sofas.

there is leather that scratches on the surface when you run your nails (or dog claws) over it. there is also leather that does not.

if the couch of your dreams was not the latter, and did in fact scratch, do you have a product/method for getting the scratches out?

do you have dogs that live on a leather sofa that scratches easily? can you spin me a tale of hope that this pairing can work out ok?

go.

22 comments

  1. I'll be honest here - it depends on the couch. If the picture above the post is the cofa you're talking about it might not look so hot all scratched up because it has some formal components like the tufting and the formed cushions. Some leather looks like it would be OK with a more distressed look - like an old baseball glove. I had to break it to my husband that the Barcelona chairs of his dreams could NEVER be a reality as long as I had cats, which will be forever, because those chairs just wouldn't look any good with a bunch of scratches and pinholes. Also - because the dogs I've known tend to focus on one spot on the sofa as 'their' spot that's the spot that tends to take the most abuse and uneven scratches would probably look even worse. However, if you think you can keep your dog confined to a fleece throw on the sofa that you remove when company comes over than you might have a chance for the sofa of your dreams!

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  2. I bought a leather sofa solely based on the fact that I knew my two golden retrievers would live on whatever sofa we purchased. It does scratch some but on my sofa it only makes it look better. Has that Restoration Hareware/Ralph Lauren type look. I much prefer the leather couch because I can just wipe dirt and mud off unlike fabric!

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  3. was your sofa from RH?

    their leather scratches easily, but seems to rub out for the most part if you exert approx. 2947 kilowattamps of energy

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  4. I have two dogs, two cats and a leather couch that scratches. I use shoe polish to make the scratches less noticable, but they're still there if you look for them. Ultimately, if one has this particular combination of animals and furniture, one must be willing to live with imperfection.

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  5. I've had really great luck with the Method brand leather cleaner (pop up towelettes) sold at Target. It does the trick when my Jack Russell makes a leap from our big leather ottoman. I also use it on leather shoes and handbags. It's great stuff.
    Michele

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  6. we have a leather chair and we let frank (the beagle) scratch the hell out of it. we kind of like the rough look that it gives it. and then when you oil it all up like you're in the caribbean without your significant other, those scratches look even better.

    let rowdy have a good time, my friend.

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  7. i say live with the scratches. embrace them.

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  8. It's from Jayson home & g

    and the couch is for a client - she's had non scratching leather but loves this couch from Jayson, which does scratch. A lot.

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  9. my strategy is to ignore it...luckily after sitting on it for awhile scratches seem to disappear - or I'm not looking hard enough...

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  10. get some leather cpr fromamazon, that shite is MAGIC

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  11. the queen of clean recommends the Leather CPR too...although i've never tried it, she's never done me wrong with her recommendations before.

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  12. Leather CPR is a must have if you have pets and leather!
    I bought my LCPR at Tuesday Morning figuring if it didn't work then i hadn't lost much. This stuff is all it's made out to be and more. You just buff it on and let it dry. As long as the scratch has not broken the surface of the leather it will be gone. I have five cats and my chair and ottoman look brand new after i use this product.

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  13. I purchased some handmade leather belts directly from the leather shop where they were made...the suggestions they gave me for scratches:

    1. They gave me a strip of treated leather to rub on the smaller scratches, and told me it would rub the scratches out. I haven't needed to do this so far, so I can't confirm how well it may work.

    2. Product line they suggest: http://www.leathertherapy.com/index.php?main_page=index

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  14. I have a dark brown "dream" sofa and a black barcelona chair that stand wrecked by my large tabby. That being said, maybe opting for the couch in a lighter shade would make scratches less notable. I will try that for my next couch!

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  15. here's the real deal: aniline leather has a natural "naked" finish (think coach or prada purses). (its the soft one that makes you want to cuddle up on it, scratches when you run your fingernails on it (or dogs), and will stain. Non-aniline leather (cheezier more plastic feel) will not scratch or stain as easily and is "protected." all leathers do need to be cared for, but aniline takes a little more leg work. i wouldn't recommend a dog on it as the scratches don't really buff out so well.

    there is a company that will send out a "specialist" to fix whoopsies (leather medic, i think google it.) and i had great luck with them in the raleigh area.

    also: glad to know your readers recomend leather CPR as i just bought some at tuesday morning for my volvo seats (aparently they are aniline and pete's nails are killing my backseat!!)

    hope this verbal vomit on leather education helps. (as you can probably tell i did LOTS of research for a client a few years ago, went to lots of showrooms at high point, and sold a sectional covered in the same leather as prada gloves. b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l. practical-nosomuch!)

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  16. BinP - THANK YOU! amazing info. just what i needed.

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  17. In Australia we have this woman called Shannon Lush and she has a tip for cleaning and fixing everything. Well worth looking her up - amazing. Her recipe for leather is:
    In the centre of a soft cloth, put a teaspoon of beeswax, lavender oil, lemon oil and 1/4 teaspoon of clove oil (if you are in a mouldy climate).

    Stick the cloth on a microwave safe plate, zap it in the microwave in ten second bursts until the wax melts. Use that cloth as your polishing cloth once a week. It cleans, gives the leather a protective coating and inhibits mould.

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  18. A blow dryer on high heat will pull out oils in the leather & then you ~may~ be able to rub the scratches out using said oil. Try this on the back or somewhere 'hidden' first. Worked for my sofa, let me know if it works for yours!

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  20. Jamie - Have you seen this Jayson Home Abbott sofa in person? I'm debating between it and this Chesterfield from PotteryBarn.
    http://www.potterybarn.com/products/chesterfield-leather-sofa/?lineid=1&cm_src=E:chesterfield-sofas

    The PB one is larger and $1,000 less but I'm more excited about the idea of a Jayson Home sofa. It just stinks that I can't sit on it and see it in person. It would be for a family/TV room.

    Thanks!

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  21. stuffiheart - would love to chat about it - email me jamie @ furbishstudio.com. we actually have the sofa here!

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