Today I’m sharing my second installment of “embarrassing repairs I’ve made, but I’m sure I’m not the only one with this problem so I’ll share how I fixed it
“. The first installment being how to repair a flatwoven rug
As any cat owner will know, cats have a natural urge to sharpen their nails. I would like to take this opportunity to say our apartment is not
tore up from the floor up. It is not
shredded and covered in cat scratches. I have zero tolerance for those things. It’s a case that Juniper chose to pick one of our dining room chairs [seen as the farthest right chair in this post
] in a place that we don’t see. This is the worst damage they’ve done to date as I’m usually pretty on the ball. I’ve gotten Juniper something else to scratch since, so let’s not get too mad at her. She is after all, adoraballs and just doing something natural.
But should you also have a furry friend than enjoys using leather furniture for target practice, do not fret. You are among friends. There is a way.
What you’ll need
– curved manicure / fine scissors or nail clippers
– leather shoe polish to match
Step 1 – using a fine or curved pair of manicure scissors, trim the stringy scratches off the leather. Trim them as close to the leather as you can, without cutting the leather itself. This is where I find manicure scissors and / or nail clippers very good. Take your time. The more detailed you are, the better it will turn out.
You’ll end up with something like this –
Step 2 – once you’re happy with your trimming and you’ve cut the loose scratches as close to the leather as possible, it’s time to add the shoe polish. As the scratches are a much lighter colour than the leather, make sure to mush the polish into every part of the scratches. I did this in a circular motion. I didn’t have to do many layers and the shoe polish quickly covered the damage. Allow to dry for a couple of hours before use*.
No, it’s not a perfect finish. No, I’m not a furniture restoration expert, but I have repaired a couch or two in this way over the years and it’s worked a treat. I repaired the chair to the point that it is unrecognizably scratched, unless you point it out.
I do however know that the only way to prevent this from happening again is to make sure your cat has cat-friendly items to scratch and to keep an eye on what areas of your home they are choosing to scratch in. Our girls have their recycled cat scratching post
and Toshi occasionally has a good go at our basket
, which I’m okay with for the moment. I also trim both our cats nails every two weeks to make sure they don’t do too much damage.
– the shoe polish I use doesn’t rub off once dry [I used the W5 series shoe polish available in Lidl]. I didn’t buff it, but just let it dry. Please be aware that some polishes may rub off, so follow the instructions on your polish accordingly.
To conclude this post and to hopefully cancel any ill thoughts you may have towards her, here’s Juniper doing what she does best
– exposing her fluffy belly and softer-than-clouds paws. I dare you to get mad at that face.