Faux leather couches feel much comfortable than they use to, since they are constructed from materials such as polyurethane. These couches look like real leather, and they last a long time, but you may find a tear or puncture in the material from sharp objects. It doesn't mean you have to buy a new couch. It is possible to fix the damage by following these steps.
Prepare to Fix the Damage
To fix the couch, gather:
- rubber gloves
- soft cloths
- paper towels
- rubbing alcohol
- small spatula (optional)
- scissors cotton or wool batting
- hair dryer or iron
- shoe polish (optional)
- scrap faux leather or leather fabric
- leather repair kit
Dab a cloth in rubbing alcohol and clean the couch, or use the cleaner in the patch kit, if included. Avoid saturating the area with alcohol, which may cause cracking.
If the stuffing juts from the damaged area, trim it, or push it down. Look for depressions, and fill them with cotton or wool batting. Spread shoe polish in a matching color on light scratches with a cloth and let it dry.
Cut the Patch and Mix Compound
To help materials stick better, apply a leather conditioner, and allow it to dry overnight. Cut a repair patch from the scrap fabric one-fourth inch larger than the tear or hole, or use the canvas in the kit. A matching iron-on clothing patch can also be used. Lay the fabric or patch under the damaged area.
Combine the colors from the kit according to instructions, mixing them with the included stick. Some kits may only contain one tube. You may prefer to test the shade by rubbing it on a hidden section of the couch. Spread the compound on the patch in thin layers using the provided applicator or a small spatula.
Secure the Patch
Pinch both sides of the tear together to help the material return to as much of its natural state a possible. Smooth the repair using textured paper in the kit or a damp paper towel.
Push the grain paper on the area with the grain side down. Run a hair dryer over the patch for about fifteen minutes to help.the compound set, or run the tip of a hot iron in circular motions over it for a more solid backing.
If the kit includes a heat transfer tool, use it instead. Heat the metal tip of the tool with the iron. Let the grain paper cool, then remove it.
Contact a business like AAA A-1 Appliance Salvage Warehouses for professional help.