Not all leather scratches are created equal!

Not all leather scratches are created equal!

Some say slight facial scars can be attractive. But we doubt anyone would say likewise for scratches on their leathers! No one wants it to happen on their leather, but if it does (and usually it cannot be avoided once or twice in its lifetime), you got to have some remedies on hand. 

No single method of leather care will work on all item, so always test-treat a hidden spot on your leather before doing it on a large-scale basis. So, depending on how minor or major the scuff or scratches are, you have a few plans to evaluate. 

  • If it's a scuff, you may consider using an eraser. Many of our customers said they used Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and have lots of success. This stuff is quite handy and can also clean scuffs off many other household appliances and car too!
  • If it's not a big scuff or scratch, you can try dabbing the area with some distilled white vinegar to swell the scratch. Buff the leather with a colourless shoe polish (think Saphir) when dry. Some may try to fill in the scratch with a felt-tip pen in the same colour, but we suggest that you don't try unless you are 100% confident about it.
  • Unfinished and suede often tend to rub away easier than finished. Sometimes, a bit of easy rubbing and elbow grease should be enough to take out unfinished scuffs. But if it doesn't work, you will have to use a plan A above (for unfinished leather), or suede brush (for suede). You will want to do this really gently. 
  • To repair deep scuff marks and scratches, you could also use an effective repair cream such as Saphir Renovating Recolorant Repair Cream, a resin-based cream that works wonder on smooth leather. 

Once the treatment is done, remember to nourish the leather with the right leather conditioner to re-introduce moisture into the leather fabric to keep it breathing. Simply apply the conditioner lightly and evenly over the scratches or marks, let it dry out for at least 15-20 minutes before buffing it off. Some uneven drying may occur, so you may like to perform your regular cleaning and conditioning routine whilst doing so. 

However way you choose to repair your leather, always remember to test it in a hidden area of the leather. If you are not confident in performing it on your own, get a friend who may know how to do it, or you might have to send to a leather repair shop. 

 






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Care Guides

Make sure you're armed with the right advice to maximise the use of your leather cleaning and conditioning products, download your very own user guide below.        

Apple Brand Leather Care (Conditioner)

Leather Milk No. 1 Conditioner
Leather Milk No. 2 Cleaner
Leather Milk No. 3 Water Protectant
Leather Milk No. 4 Car Conditioner
Leather Milk No. 5 Furniture Conditioner
 
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In the meantime, some general rules on leather care and protection.

 

 

 

 

1. Cleaning

Regular cleaning prevents the build-up of dust, dirt, mildew and bacteria. Use your clean fingertip to gently rub out the scratch as the natural oils from your skin will remove most small scratches. To remove dirt, grime or surface residue, use a soft damp cloth. Gently rub for removal. For a deeper clean, use a cleaner to help preserve the natural lubricating oils instead of stripping them. Cleaning is an irreversible process and therefore, thorough consideration should be made before any such attempt. Do not use coloured rags that are not dye-colourfast as the dye may come off onto your leather. 


2. Maintaining

Leather loses suppleness in time if it is not provided with regular nourishment. Use a wax-free leather conditioner that will work on nourishing and restoring the flexibility and suppleness of your leather article. 

3. Storage

Leather is a natural material and should be stored in a breathable, non-plastic or non-porous container, to prevent the growth of mildew and bacteria. If you have to store it in a garment bag, make sure to keep it open for ventilation. 

Avoid at all cost: