Leather is generally a good investment, whether it’s used for furniture, shoes, jackets, or handbags. Leather shoes can be a bit pricey, but they tend to last a long time provided you take good care of them. Not only are leather shoes more comfortable, leather is softer and more pliable than faux leather synthetics. Leather shoes breathe and wick moisture away, keeping your feet from swelling and smelling. You have likely found that those leather investments for your feet are your favorites, so much so that you wear them all the time. My Favorite Leather Shoes are Scratched The problem is wearing them all the time may mean your leather has signs of wear and tear including scratches. Scratched leather could be from normal every day wear, something that dropped on your shoes, or even your favorite pet. You may be thinking the scratches mean you’ll have to replace your favorite leather shoes, even though that’s not in your budget at the moment. Before you bemoan the loss of your beautiful, comfy, favorite shoes, here are some home remedies you can try. Home Remedies for Scratched Leather
Here are a few proven home remedies you can try to restore scratched leather
- Distilled White Vinegar: Before applying, clean the leather with a reputable leather cleaner, making sure to follow label directions. Next, moisten a soft, clean cloth with distilled white vinegar and gently dab it onto the scratched leather. The leather will expand to cover the scratches. Once the area is completely dry, apply clear shoe polish, buffing gently to blend it in.
- Old English Furniture Polish: To try this one, you’ll need to purchase polish in the same hue as your shoes. Apply the polish with cotton to the scratch and blend it gently into the scratched leather with a soft, clean cloth.
- Olive or Orange Oil: Apply olive or orange oil with a clean, soft cloth, rubbing it gently into the scratched area.
- Damp Cloth and Iron: Dampen a soft, clean cotton cloth and place it over the scratch. Now apply a hot iron to the cloth for 10 seconds, remove it and examine the scratch, it should be gone.
- Shoe Polish: Shoe polish obviously will not repair the scratch, but if the scratch is minor, it will hide the scratch and leave your shoes looking as good as new.
- Leather Repair Pens: These pens come in all colors and don’t repair, but do cover scratches well.
- Do-It-Yourself Leather Repair Kits: These kits may be just the thing if you are able to color match your leather with one of the kits.
If you find that these home remedies didn’t quite give you the restoration results for your favorite shoes that you were hoping for, then it’s time to call on the Shoe Repair and Restoration Specialists at Kim’s Boots and Shoes in Columbus, GA. Satisfying customers since 1985, Kim’s goal is to provide the best in shoe and boot repair available anywhere. Bring in your scratched leather and let Mr. Kim and his staff restore the luster, without the scratches, to your favorites. Interested in learning more about Kim’s? Check us our on Facebook!