How to Fix Scratched Leather: The Comprehensive Guide

How to Fix Scratched Leather: The Comprehensive Guide

When we buy luxury products, whether it’s real leather bags, shoes or even furniture, we want them to age well and hold their unique appeal with the test of time. 

So what happens if your leather goods get scratched?

How to Fix Scratched Leather: The Comprehensive Guide

It's a common concern. A scratch on your beloved leather accessory feels like a permanent mark. In most cases, a scratch on a regularly used product is inevitable. The good news, however, is that not all marks and scuffs are irreversible. 

The approach to fixing them will typically depend on the severity of the scratch and the type of leather. Here are some techniques and tools to help you restore your leather items so you can keep them looking their best.

Safeguarding Your Leather Goods From Scratches

The best way to address scratches is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. 

Regular care and careful maintenance play a significant role in minimizing the risk of scratches for your real leather bags and goods. 

Here are some preventive measures you can take:

Use a Leather Protectant: Applying a leather protectant can create a barrier that shields your leather items from minor scratches and marking.

Store Your Leather Goods Properly: Leather goods are luxury products, and they should be protected in a way that reflects that. Store your leather bags and accessories in protective cases or dust bags when not in use to reduce the chances of accidental scratches. Alternatively, try to store them carefully in cupboards or closets to avoid marks.

Avoid Sharp Objects: Be mindful of what you place near your leather items. Sharp objects can easily cause scratches, so take extra care in crowded spaces. This can even include damage from a furry friend's paws. Be mindful of how close you store your leather goods to your pet's common areas.

DIY Repairs vs. Professional Help: What to Choose?

When your cherished leather bag sustains a scratch, your first instinct might be to seek professional help. While experts can work wonders, many minor scratches can be fixed at home. 

How To Address Scratched Leather

There are several steps you can take to address scratches on your leather items and try to restore them.

Step 1: Clean the Surface: Gently clean the scratched area using a soft, slightly damp cloth. This removes any dirt that could worsen the scratch during the repair process. Be careful not to use any harsh chemicals or abrasive cloths as this can cause more damage.

See our guide on how to properly clean your real leather goods.

Step 2: Assess the Scratch: Examine the scratch's depth. If it's a surface scratch, you might be able to address it with some DIY methods. For deeper scratches you may need some assistance from a professional.

Step 3: Use Leather Conditioner: Apply a leather conditioner or leather cream to the scratch area. This can help moisturize and blend the scratched area with the rest of the leather. 

Important Note: Different leathers can respond differently to new conditioners. Always check the instructions and try conditioners on a small, less visible area of your bag before use.

Step 4: Buff Gently: Continue to gently buff the area with a clean, soft cloth. This can help blend the conditioner and improve the appearance of the scratch.

Step 5: Drying and Checking the Results: After applying the conditioner, allow the leather to air dry. Avoid using unnatural heat sources for drying as this can misshape the leather.

Keep in mind that leather naturally darkens as it dries, so the scratch may become less noticeable. Once dry, assess the results. If the scratch is still visible, you might consider repeating the process or seeking the help of a professional.

Ensuring Your Leather's Lifespan

Leather is an extremely durable material that can age beautifully with proper care. Regular conditioning, cleaning, and proactive preventative measures can help to extend the lifespan of your most used leather bags. By following these steps, you're not just fixing scratches – you're investing in the longevity of your leather products.

Are There Scratch Resistant Leathers?

When it comes to durability and resilience against scratches, both full grain and top grain leather emerge as superior choices. Full grain leather, being the top layer of the hide, retains its natural grain, making it exceptionally tough and less susceptible to noticeable scratches. On the other hand, top grain leather, although sanded slightly for a smoother appearance, retains much of its inherent strength and resists scratches well in comparison to softer leathers. 

Our 6 Favorite Heavy-Wear Leather Products

Now, let's explore some of our favorite products that really highlight the durability and style of real leather. These beautiful real leather bags not only withstand the test of time but also exude unmatched style and functionality. Let's delve into our six favorites that thrive under the demands of daily life.

The Obrysus

Carrying your everyday essentials has never been this effortless. 

From your sunglasses to your iPad, from your journal to your wallet, The Obrysus effortlessly accommodates them all. 

Its spacious main compartments ensure hassle-free storage, while the zipper pocket on the strap guarantees easy access to cards and cash when you’re on the go. 

Wear it comfortably across your chest, on your back, or sideways – your gear stays impeccably organized and secure. It’s the perfect companion for busy days.


The Obrysus


The Hickory

Crafted by skilled artisans with top-grain cowhide leather, The Hickory is about as durable an everyday carry as you will find.

Despite its appearance, it offers plenty of storage for day-to-day essentials. Carry your iPad, notebook, and even umbrella in the main pocket, and keep your cards and pens organized in the front pocket.

Featuring a fold-over flap and concealed magnetic closures, it looks endlessly smart while ensuring security for all of your essentials.

Versatility is key, and The Hickory serves as your ultimate all-occasion companion. 

The Hickory

The Brief

The Brief is a best seller for working men who need style and functionality as well as a durable carry. 

It radiates professionalism while offering enduring practicality. Its design seamlessly accommodates laptops and all necessary daily essentials, making it an ideal companion for your daily commute.

The Brief

The Auburn

The Auburn is your all-in-one compact solution.

Crafted from top-grain cowhide leather, it seamlessly accommodates your daily essentials.

With two main compartments, this durable real leather bag effortlessly houses everything you need when you’re on the move.

For swift access, smaller pockets hold keys, phones, and cash, while a discreet back pocket offers secure storage.

The Auburn

The Rucksack

Embrace rugged resilience with The Rucksack – your ultimate ally for adventures.

Whether you’re enjoying a weekend escape or a day on the trails, this backpack embraces every challenge.

Carefully crafted with robust, high-quality leather and comfortable backpack straps, durability and comfort are woven into this stylish luxury bag.

The Rucksack

The Denali

This versatile gem seamlessly blends style and functionality, offering plenty of storage in one strong luxury bag.

With a variety of stylish colors to choose from, the Denali effortlessly matches your sophisticated aesthetic, making it the perfect companion for your weekend adventures and exciting getaways.

And let's not overlook its handy features – like a dedicated shoe compartment and comfortable carry strap.

There’s a reason why this heavy-wear carry all is a best seller.

The Denali


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