How To Remove Dents and Indentations In Leather
January 4, 2024
Jane Smith, Managing Director
Safely Removing Indentations from Leather:
Introduction: Leather, while durable and stylish, can sometimes develop unsightly indentations. Whether from sitting too long on a leather sofa or having heavy items left on car seats for extended amounts of time or inadvertently placing heavy objects on leather surfaces, these indentations can be a source of frustration. However, with the right approach, you can safely restore your leather items to their original charm. In this guide, we'll explore effective methods for removing indentations from leather.
Evaluate the Leather: Before attempting any method, assess the type of leather you're working with. Different leathers may react differently to treatments. Always perform a patch test in an inconspicuous area to ensure compatibility.
Damp Cloth and Low Heat: For light indentations, start by placing a clean, damp cloth over the affected area. Using an iron set to low heat, gently press the cloth without direct contact with the leather. This helps to relax the fibres and reduce the indentation.
Blotting Technique: If the indentation persists, employ the blotting technique. Dampen a sponge or cloth with distilled water and blot the indented area. Allow the leather to air-dry naturally, and check if the indentation has improved. Be patient, as this process may take some time.
Microwave & Terry Towel Method: Terry towel method. Get pure white terry towels wet them and put them in the microwave for a good 5 mins approximately, possibly more, you need them to be extremely hot - WARNING DO NOT HANDLE WITH YOUR HANDS - PICK UP WITH TONGS. Once removed from the microwave place on the leather flat and put two or three on so they generate heat to remove the dents. But also note what you have is a natural product and it’s just doing what it does naturally, so wrinkles are standard in leather.
Leather Softener & Conditioner: For deeper indentations, use a high-quality leather conditioner or leather softener. Apply a small amount to the affected area and massage it in using circular motions. This not only helps soften the leather but also aids in reshaping the fibres. Wipe away excess conditioner and allow the leather to dry.
Heat Gun Method: Another method is to use a heat gun, but this we would only advise if you have had many years of experience of removing indentations from leather using this method as this can go wrong if you don’t understand the materials you are working on. If you can’t identify the materials and you happen to use this method on fake leather, you could find yourself in a lot of heat with your client as this can go wrong on fake materials quickly, this YouTube video will help guide you using the heat gun method.
Seek Professional Help: If DIY methods don't yield satisfactory results, consider consulting a professional leather cleaner or restorer. They will have the expertise and specialised products to address more challenging indentations without risking damage to the leather.
Removing indentations from leather requires a careful and methodical approach. Always prioritise the safety of your leather items by testing any method in a discrete area first. Avoid using household items and seeking professional assistance before you begin, restoring your leather's pristine appearance is achievable with the right techniques and products.