Remedy for Scratches in Leather

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Whether your leather purse was scratched up by your cat or your leather boots have taken a beating, don’t ditch the item just because of a few scratch marks. Leather is a durable, hardwearing fabric. Even when scratches look beyond repair, a little patience and the right products can make leather look as good as new again.

Step 1

Clean the leather with a commercial leather cleaner. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for using the cleaner, as these may vary.

Step 2

Moisten a soft rag with distilled white vinegar. Dab the vinegar onto the scratched area of the leather to cause the scratches to swell.

Step 3

Allow the area to dry thoroughly. Dip another soft cloth into colorless shoe polish. Buff the affected area of the leather with the shoe polish until it’s blended in.

Step 4

Moisten a soft cloth with olive oil if the scratches are still there. Rub the oil into the scratched area of the leather using a gentle circular motion. Buff with colorless shoe polish.