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Why Is My Leather Couch Peeling

Leather is a durable fabric. It is also beautiful and is used to make numerous things. One of the most common things that leather is used to make is a couch. Leather couches are attractive and are in great demand for use at home.

Leather couches are available in different colors. In addition to their functionality, they are also used as part of the home’s decoration.

Why Is My Leather Couch Peeling?

Genuine leather doesn’t peel. But you will find many leather couches that peel with age and continuous use. This is because the leather used to make couches isn’t original leather but bonded leather.

Bonded leather is made from scraps of real leather. The scraps are then bonded together to a sheet of backing that is then treated chemically. When the chemical treatment ages, your leather couch begins to peel.

Your leather couch could also likely be peeling due to prolonged use and age. When leather couches peel, an inside layer of woven fabric is exposed.

How To Repair Your Peeling Leather Couch?

Method 1. Using Recoloring Balm

Step 1. Get all the materials you need to repair your peeling couch in this method. You will need microfiber cloths and recoloring balm.

Step 2. Wipe your peeling leather with the microfiber cloth. This removes the oils and chemical compounds on the surface of the leather that is peeling. It also ensures that the exposed microfiber surface easily absorbs the recoloring balm that is will be applied to it.

Step 3. Apply the recoloring balm onto a dry microfiber cloth. Transfer the coloring balm onto the couch. Paint or dab the peeling surfaces with the coloring balm on the microfiber cloth. Use as much as possible to completely cover up the peeling on your couch.

This is a quick way to cover peeling on your couch. It doesn’t do much in terms of repair. It only recolors the peeling parts of the couch to maintain the original state. It hides the cracks that expose the microfiber underneath the leather surface of the couch.

Step 4. When you have applied the coloring balm on the peeling parts, let it dry for about 20-30 minutes. After these, it is now ready to be sat on without transferring the color to your clothes.

Make sure your recoloring balm is the same shade as your couch.

Method 2. Using Leather Paint

Step 1. To repair your couch with leather paint you will need scissors, microfiber cloths, leather paint, a paintbrush, a popsicle stick to mix if need be, a cup, jar, or empty container, and a leather finish. Have all these ready when you decide to repair your peeling leather couch.

Step 2. With all your tools and materials ready, start by peeling off any of the hanging leather pieces of the couch. If there are any gaps on the peeling part, peel of all the leather left in that part of the couch. This ensures that you have uniformity in the part of the couch that you will be repairing with the leather paint.

Remove only parts of the couch that are peeling. Do not touch the parts that are still intact or you will spoil your couch further. If there are peeling parts that you can’t reach for instance in between the seams, you can use a damp microfiber cloth to peel off.

Step 3. Pour some paint into the empty jar or cup. If your paint doesn’t exactly match your couch, you can add a lightener or dark paint to make it match. Insert your paintbrush into the paint and start painting all over the exposed microfiber fabric.

Make sure you accurately paint only on the exposed parts of the couch. Do not let your paint touch the surface of the couch that is still intact. Finish or start exactly at the edge so that the peeling part of the couch blends with the other parts that are still intact next to it.

Step 4. When you have finished painting, let the paint dry. Leave the paint to dry for about 30-40 minutes. When it is dry, you can tell if you need to add another layer. Let your paint dry before you paint additional layers. Painting new layers without letting the earlier layer dry completely causes the paint to smudge. You can use your finger to confirm that it is completely dry.

Step 5. Apply a layer of leather finish. Wait until the last layer of paint is completely dry. Touch your paint with your finger to check for wetness.

With the paint on your couch dry, use a new paintbrush to apply your leather finish. This ensures that the painted part of the couch blends with the intact parts. Use horizontal paintbrush strokes to apply your finish. Let it dry for about 30-40 minutes.

Step 6. After the leather finish has dried, you can tell if you need to add another layer of leather finish. The finish prevents your couch from peeling further.

Method 3. Using Leather Filler

Step 1. To repair your peeling leather couch with filler, you will need leather filler, a putty knife, plastic wrap to cover the intact parts of the couch, a razor blade, and a smoothing card. You can easily get all these leather couch supplies at a shop near your or online shops.

Step 2. Inspect your couch and find out all the parts that are peeling. Use your fingers to peel off the hanging parts of the couch. Make sure that you don’t spoil the intact parts of the couch.

Step 3. Apply leather filler on the couch. Using a putty knife, apply filler to the parts of the couch that are peeled. Apply small amounts at a time on the parts of the couch that are peeling. This ensures that you can cover the peeling parts gradually and you don’t apply excess putty on the couch. Flatten the putty on the couch with the putty knife as you apply.

Step 4. Let the filler cure for about 30 minutes. During this time, do not get tempted to make additional repairs on the couch. Don’t let pets or kids play on the couch also at this time. Let the putty cure on its own.

Step 5. You can add an extra layer of putty if need be. As you do this, remember not to touch the intact parts of the couch with putty. You can even cover the other parts of the couch that you are not working on.

Difference Between Bonded Leather And Genuine Leather

Bonded leather is also known as faux leather. This is because it is not pure leather but made from scraps of pure leather. The scraps are then bonded together by a fiber backing. It then stamped to recreate the grain and chemically treated to maintain its texture.

Genuine leather is made from animal hide. It is strong and durable. Genuine leather doesn’t peel. It also adjusts to the temperature in the room to expand or shrink accordingly enabling it to maintain its texture and shine. If genuine leather tears, you can easily buy a repair kit and make the repairs yourself.

On the other hand, bonded leather is not as durable. Since it is made from scraps of genuine leather, it is much cheaper and easily tears after prolonged use. Once the bonded leather has started peeling, you can only paint or use filler to hide the peeling areas. It will eventually peel in full making it easier to buy a new couch than repair the peeled-off couch.

There are a few ways you can take care of your bonded leather couch to prevent it from peeling.

Clean the couch regularly. Use warm water and mild soap. This removes body oils and dirt from the leather. You should also use a leather conditioner on the couch regularly to help it maintain its texture and shine. To make sure your bonded leather couch lasts long, keep it in the house. Avoid direct sunlight which can cause a chemical reaction that will cause your couch to start peeling. You can use leather filler to repair it when it starts peeling.

How Long Does A Genuine Leather Last?

Genuine leather is long-lasting. A genuine leather couch will last for about 5-25 years. You can also prolong the life of the couch with proper care. First, make sure that you buy only genuine leather couches for your home.

Once the couch is home, you need to take proper care of it. Make sure you use only leather-friendly cleaners. Use mild soap and a soft cloth to wash your leather seats. Also, when washing your genuine leather couch, be sure to never use bleach.

When it comes to storage, make sure that you don’t expose your leather couch to too much humidity. It weakens the structure of the leather and causes it to break and tear easily.


Hello, I am Jessica Flores, and you are welcome to my website. I am a professional fashion designer and a seamstress. I always carried a passion for craftwork. My love for craft grew along with time. I have spent years researching and practicing in this field to gather colossal experience.

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