Was Fido a little too rough with your wooden dining room chairs? Did Mittens use your sofa as a scratching post? Pets can be wonderful and lovely to have around, but they are also a known liability when it comes to indoor furniture. From wooden tables to upholstered chairs, it seems like there’s nothing they won’t scratch, bite, leave full of hair, or even use as an impromptu toilet.
Here are a few scenarios that can spring up when you let pets climb on top of furniture and how you can quickly solve them. Just remember that if the damage is too significant, you’ll have to contact a professional or maybe even replace the whole piece.
1. Leather upholstery
Everyone loves to sink down on an overstuffed leather armchair, and pets are no exception. However, they really don’t know better and are usually to blame for the many scratches that can appear on the leather. There are three levels of leather repair; the first is light scratches, and those can be fixed with only leather balm; the third level is deep cuts, and those can only be repaired by a professional; finally, the second level is low-to-mid cuts.
Here’s how you can repair cat scratches on leather furniture.
Start by using a leather cleaning fluid on the affected surface, then spray leather-binding glue over it or use a cotton pad to dab it directly on the scratches, repeating several times after it has dried. If you want, you can use fine sandpaper gently, so the surface ends up very smooth; afterward, apply some filler cream on the scratches with a small palette or spatula and spread it very thin. Reapply as needed.
Clean the area once the cream has dried and use colorant to mask the repairs, just make sure that you’re using a color that matches your chair! As an extra, using leather lacquer will ensure that the damage marks are well-hidden.
2. Scratched wooden furniture
It’s very possible to fix minor scratches on wood furniture and leave it looking as good as if a professional had done the job. Due to the prevalence of wood inside our homes, these are the most common type of repairs people look for, like how to fix dog scratches on a wooden door. It might be a little tedious, depending on the size of the repair; here are a few tips.
A popular way to mask scratches is cracking a walnut and rubbing the inside onto the wood, so the oil of the meat gets spread evenly. Once you’ve covered the scratches, polish the area with the softest rag you have, and the scratches should be as good as invisible. The same applies to wood furniture that has a dark stain, which you can repair with a paste made from instant coffee and a little water.
If you want to get rid of scuffs as well as minor scratches, you can freshen up the wood using super-fine-grade steel wool and sanding the damaged areas lightly. Once you’re done, apply an oil-based colored furniture polish that matches the color of your furniture, which should be available at your local hardware store. Let it dry completely and use the steel wool to sand again a little so that the color is softened and better matches the surrounding wood.
3. Cat or dog excretions
Just like people, pets are also prone to have little accidents.” Many problems can arise from these accidents – staining, bad odors, damaging the upholstery. Let’s go over the different scenarios that can happen around pets not being able to hold it in.
You have to be quick to prevent staining from urine, blotting the excess moisture with a cloth. Once you get as much of it out as possible, spray a stain and odor remover onto an absorbing cloth and dab it onto the affected area, so it seeps in, and repeat until you no longer see the stain. This should do the trick!
Warning: the next paragraph has a graphic explanation of cleaning vomit.
Our pets are as susceptible to having an upset stomach as we are, and that means that sometimes they will throw up over a piece of furniture. Thankfully, vomit is not that hard to clean up, even if it’s hard to look at. Take off as much as you can from the fabric using paper towels, then spray a stain and odor remover over an absorbent cloth and use it to dab on the liquid stain so that the remover works its way into the fabric. This same process applies to fecal matter, with the added precaution of not spreading it over the material, so it’s not absorbed into the furniture itself.
4. Fur in upholstery
Let’s call this an extra tip, since it doesn’t damage the furniture per se, and it’s effortless to remove. Wear a pair of slightly damp rubber gloves and rub them all over the affected area. The fur will stick to the gloves, and you can use a little bit of water to get them clean to use them again!