How to Fix Leather Couch Cracks

Leather couches are the most reliable in terms of permanence and wear resistance. The leather quality is an ancient product crafted by skilled artisans. This implies that leather items deserve extreme care.

Notably, withstanding the above-mentioned properties, leather can still wear and tear. Leather has different intensity of wear and tear depending on the quality of leather.

The four types of leather in order of permanency is; full-grain leather, top-grain leather, bonded leather, and faux leather. Wear in couches is displayed commonly in the form of cracking, discolorations and thinning.

Today I will show how to fix leather couch cracks. Leather repair kits vary from homemade to professional. For better and efficient results, I will consider the latter. You will need the following items in your ‘kit box;'   

  • Soapy water
  • Sponge
  • Leather sponge
  • Soft lint-free cloth
  • Sandpaper
  • Leather prep solution
  • Leather conditioner
  • Color coat

The following steps are professionally accredited process to give your worn-out couch a new look.

Free the leather couch from any fluff or dirt with the use of warm soapy water. Removal of this contaminants make the cracks and thinning more visible and clear. Otherwise, how would you repair what you can't see? Ensure the damaged leather has retained the soft and flexible nature.

NOTE: An insignificant amount of soap is advised to avoid unnecessary build-up on the couch.

Step Two-Smoothen the damaged couch

Carefully, apply the leather prep solution throughout the damaged couch-with keen interest of worn out surfaces. Repeat this process continuously until the cracks are partially clear. Rinse the leather couch completely.

The following preventive measure should be adhered to during this process.

  • Avoid the use of extra oil to prevent impairment of the couch.
  • Use newspaper or plastic sheeting under the leather couch to counter stains from any ingredients used.
  • Wear protective clothing while working. Note that some chemicals may be harmful once in contact with your body parts.
  • Minimize the fume effect of the products by working in an open place with free circulation of air.
  • During rinsing, strictly air dry. This ensures the retention of the chemical structure of the couch.

Step Three-Sanding the couch

Abrade the leather couch lightly using sand. The nature of the sanding should be on a slight pressure to avoid deep abrading or multiple wears out. After all, disposing of would be much economical than extreme damage.

The purpose of brushing the couch lightly is to allow compatibility of leather to absorb the product. This course results to further partiality of the scratches. With the use of a damp sponge, clear the dust from the couch. Leave it to dry.

Step Four-Application of the color coat. (Treatment)

This is the substantial process in repairing your damaged couch. You will begin with the areas you intend to repair. Use your spraying tools to apply the color coat. Make even and long streaks to counter intersect.

For desirable results, apply a series of coat colors. Subsequently, each layer should dry before making an annex of another application. If rough spots persist, rub slightly against sandpaper.

In extreme cases of large tear, the inclusion of a sub patch will work correctly. Using a piece of old cloth, create a sub blotch. The patch should negligibly surpass the tear. Make a clear fold and insert it using a tweezer under the tear. While fixing such tears, the glue will be preferred during insertion.

Observe the following during treatment.

  • Make sure you add water to the colorant and shake thoroughly. 
  • Key focus on inaccessible areas, e.g. creases.
  • Observe the 30-minute rule of drying.

Step Five-Curing the couch

Using your soft, lint-free cloth apply sufficient amount of leather conditioner into the whole couch. Great emphasis should be taken on the inaccessible areas.

A gentle polish is highly recommended for a desirable effect. This makes the couch appear lithe, attractive and shiny.

The conditioner functions as a moisturizer in case of extreme dry up after the treatment. The couch should be left to cure for about 120 minutes.


Leather couches are best-taken care through cleaning, smoothing and treating. Basically, regardless of its quality, proper care is the only resort to maintain durability. Frequent conditioning is a healthy routine for your coach. This prevents cracking and the common cases of drying out.

Homemade methods of repairing leather involve use of household items like vinegar. Such methods are suitable for minor case of extreme damage; then the professional method will produce desirable results. Leather items have continued to attract many users due to the quality and its prestige.

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