Repairing Leather Furniture

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Leather repair for a cat damaged sofa PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Chris Repp   
Friday, 13 June 2014 12:08

Before Repair                                                                                                                            After Repair

I just wanted to tell you how impressed and appreciative I am with the beautiful repair job you did on our leather furniture.  It looks like new!  I never thought it would have been possible for you to do such an excellent and complete job.  You are very talented indeed!  AND my husband told me how pleasant and professional you are to work with.  Many, many thanks for your amazing work.  IF you ever need a reference or testimonial, we would be happy to write in your behalf.  Most deserving.  Thanks again and have a great summer!

Diane and Barry in Pikesville, MD 



Call Chris now for a free estimate 443-742-0980 


Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 21:50
Professional office leather care and repair services PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Chris Repp   
Monday, 19 July 2010 12:46

To Office managers, facilities managers or janitorial services managers:


"Hello, I'm Chris the owner of NLS Leather Services.  I've been helping businesses like yours in the N. Va, DC and Md area save money and keep their office leather looking great for over 15 years. 

This help has included 100s of repairs and continuing maintenance visits to lobby, boardroom and desk leather furnishings in offices small and large. "


Here are 2 quick steps you can take now toward great looking office leather:

1. Have leather office furnishings you know need cleaning or repairs?  For a quick and easy estimate via phone or e-mail contact me now:

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 443-742-0980 

2. Or for further research, here are examples of office leather cleaning and repair jobs I have done recently:


National Institute of Health

In April, I worked with Stacey, the Acting Chief of the Administrative Services Branch. 

We spent several days cleaning and repairing the boardroom leather chairs, lobby furniture and desk chairs at the NIH campus offices in Bethesda, MD. 

Here are some pictures of the work which included ink removal, scratch repairs, general cleaning and conditioning...




Wallace, King, Domike & Reiskin, PLLC

In March I worked with Cookie the firm administrator for Wallace, King, Domike & Reiskin in Georgetown, DC on cleaning and repairs to 20 of their off-white colored leather boardroom chairs. 

Because of the tight space i worked in a small office and couldn't get any great pictures of the work but here was her last e-mail to me after the work was completed,

"It was a pleasure meeting you. Your work is beautiful. I'll be calling you in the very near future for more work. Many thanks and I look forward to a long working relationship. Rest assured that I will recommend you to any other professionals seeking the services you provide. Have a great weekend."  Cook 


McCormick Spices

This work at the offices of McCormick Spices was unique because I restored some very faded lobby chairs for them saving them the cost of replacement. 

It was a pleasure working with the local manager Mike and his team to make their lobby leather look great to perspective clients and business associates.



Here is a partial list of other corporate clients:

Wolpoff and Abramson LLP.

McCormick Spices

Lockheed Martin Corporate and Aviation

Newell/ Rubermaid

Fandango Productions Inc.

Douron Corporate Furniture

Venture Jets Inc.,

Signature Flight Support Baltimore/ DC/ Washington Dulles, Va

Wells Real Estate Funds

Allen and Rocks Inc.

CHF, International

Courtyard Marriott

Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center

Darby Holdings, LLC

Executive Flight Solutions

Goodman, Gable, Gould Co.

Life Time Fitness

McCormick & Co. Corporate and Aviation

Ritz Carlton Residences Georgetown

S2 Yachts



Total Tennis, MClean Racquet and Health Club

University of Maryland

Wells Real Estate Funds

West End 25

Woman's Business Enterprise National Council 

And many more... 


To hire us or for a free estimate of your work call or e-mail me at:

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 443-742-0980 





Also here are a few articles to help your janitorial staff care for your existing leather:


  • Once I have professionally cleaned and restored your leather office suite, I strive to help your staff to keep the leather looking great. 
  • Along with a custom care and maintenance plan, I have many helpful leather cleaning and care articles here at the website.

Here are a few of the articles that may help your staff. Click the title to redirect to that info:

Cleaning finished leather especially tough light-colored leather

Ink removal tips

Leather conditioning and protection information 




Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 05:16
Your best choice for leather repair: Quick and Easy Leather Repair, DIY Leather Repair or Professional Leather Repair PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Chris Repp   
Wednesday, 07 April 2010 20:42

NEED Leather Repair? 68,000 Google search results confusing?

This article will help you understand your options.





"Hello, I'm Chris.  I've been in the leather repair industry for over 20 years.  I've seen and tested most every option for leather repair for my customers. Let me guide you toward your best leather repair solution through quality, cost-effective RESULTS! "






Article Summary:

      If you have damaged leather, I will help you find your best option for repairing your leather. Here's how:

  • First, I will summarise the 3 main options you have for leather repair:
  1. Quick and easy leather repair,
  2. Guided DIY leather repair solutions or
  3. Hiring a professional leather repair technician. 
  • Then, I will discuss each option according these criteria:
  1. The damages can be repaired in that option,
  2. The time and effort you will need to get the repair done,
  3. The cost of each option and
  4. The quality you can expect from each repair option. 
  • Finally, I will give you links to contact information, article and video resources for each option for repairs.

Leather repair options in-depth:

1. Quick and Easy Leather Repair-

When is a quick, easy repair solution right for you?  If you have an inexpensive, old piece of leather furniture that you just want to limp along for a bit longer a quick and easy do-it-yourself leather repair may be right for you.  Also, some leather damages are just so simple to repair that a relatively handy person can repair them with simple materials and good information. 

For example, a few months ago a mom sent me the message that her son had stabbed a hole in her leather ottoman.  It was a cheap piece from a discount warehouse store and there was no local leather professional nearby.  So I created a video for her on a simple DIY repair for the problem. 

Here are the details on when and how a quick and easy diy leather repair solution might be right for you:

How NOT to do quick and easy DIY Leather repairs- I keep a pretty close eye on the leather repair market.  Please do not use an as seen on TV leather repair kit.  I get lots of calls where I not only need to do a repair but also get off the nasty looking kit repair before I can work. Please do not try hair spray, banana peels or oatmeal as a leather home remedy (I've seen all of these for real).  Please learn from a leather pro not a person who writes a blog with a leather repair article one day and a how to do your own taxes article the next.

What can You Repair- Small clean cuts, minor scrapes to the edges of a sofa or chair, surface scratches in bi-cast, pull-up or some finished leathers, and certain stains on finished, pull-up and nu buck leathers

Time and Effort-  This is a DIY option.  You will have to gather the tools and materials.  You will need to read or watch instructions.  You will need to practice then perform the repairs yourself.  Of course, some people feel a sense of satisfaction at doing this themselves.

Cost-  A quick and easy DIY leather repair will usually cost $10 or less.  Most of the tools and materials for the repairs are ones you already own.

Repair Quality- Even from a good instructional video,  quick and easy DIY leather repairs are intended as a short-term fix and intended to hide not perfectly repair the damages. But considering the natural variations of leather, a DIY repair may be just fine for your needs.

Resources- (Keep checking back as I will add more articles to this section as I find or create good ones.) 

Click on an article or video title to see it.

2. Guided DIY Leather Repair Solutions-

Between a quick and easy leather repair and hiring a good leather professional there exists a number of good programs where a company will supply you with the materials and the knowhow to repair your own leather furniture.

What can a Good DIY Kit or Program Help you Repair- With the guidance of a good DIY program you can repair many leather damages.  You can repair scratches, scrapes, discolouration and even renew the color of your finished leather furniture.  The key to this solution is that the repair kit/program provider will be available to give you written or video instructions all the way from start to finish of your project.

Time and Effort- Again, you will be doing the work on this one.  Being handy and interested in trying new home improvement projects is important to succeed with a guided DIY program.  You will spend time ordering the products, reading or watching the repair instructions, practicing the repair techniques and completing the repairs.

Cost-  The cost of a good DIY program or kit can be about 1/2 the cost of hiring a good leather professional.  Also you may have left over materials that you can use for another repair in the future.  But if you have a local pro in your area, run the leather repair project by them too because sometimes hiring a pro will be almost the same cost.

Repair Quality-If you have an handy side, take your time and work with a good DIY program, you can get quality repairs of about %80 what a leather professional could provide.

Resources-  The guided DiY leather repair solution I recommend is from ADV Leather solutions.  Click here to read more about the program.

3. Professional Leather Repair-

If you don't want to take the time to do your own leather repair you may want to just hire a good leather repair professional. 

What can a Good Leather Repairman Repair- A seasoned leather repair professional can repair many leather damages for you.  A good pro will have repaired man of each of these problems; cuts, scrapes, scratches, stains, fading, discoloration, drying/aged leather, punctures, pet damages and more.

Time and Effort-  All you need to do is take the time to find a good pro.  Once you do that, many good pros will be able to schedule the work at your convenience and in your home.  Once the work is completed you will need to let the leather sit untouched for a few hours but then it is ready to use.

Cost- Leather repair costs can vary.  As single damage repair can cost anywhere from $95 to $150.  Cleaning and refinishing of older, worn leather costs more but should still be less than %20 of the replacement cost of the leather furniture.  For example, if a leather sofa cost $2000 new, it should be able to be cleaned or restored for $300-$400.

Repair Quality-  A quality leather repairman will be able to do many repairs like new.  Other damages, like cat scratches and some cuts, will not disappear but will blend into the natural finish of the leather.




Last Updated on Thursday, 15 April 2010 14:25
Restoring worn, faded or dirty leather furniture in the Baltimore , Washington DC region PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Chris Repp   
Thursday, 18 February 2010 15:46

"Hello, I'm Chris the creator of (Yes, that's me in the picture)  Thanks for your interest in the restoration of your leather furniture. I have helped 100's of leather furniture owners save lots of money by restoring their leather furniture (See before/after picture examples below). I'd be happy to do the same for you."


In the Baltimore, Washington DC or Northern Va region, feel free to contact me now with your questions by calling 443-742-0980 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

*To all my valued customers: This July 2016 is our 10 year anniversary.  Thanks for trusting me with all your leather repair needs and I look forward to serving you for many years to come! 

With a quick conversation or e-mail exchange, I will be able to tell you if your leather furniture is a good candidate for restoration, how much time it will take to restore, and how much it will cost to restore it. 

I guarantee that my price will be a fraction of the cost to buy new leather furniture. I will tell you the exact price up front. And you don't pay until I'm done and your leather furniture looks great.


Contact me now for a free estimate or learn more and see examples below


Now I'll cover the three main issues my customers ask about before we work together:

  1. Learn why I think I can save you $1000's with leather restoration
  2. See pictures of leather furniture sets I have restored over the years 
  3. Learn the process of working with me from start to finish.


1. Here's why I think I can save you $1000's with leather restoration

  • It's like restoring a good wood table-  Often the paint is chipped, the varnish is worn down but the wood is still strong.  It's the same with leather.  I see many leather furniture sets whose leather is strong even when the surface color on the leather is faded, dirty, scratched or worn.  A good leather refinsher can treat the leather and restore the finish to revive the beauty of the leather.
  • New leather costs $1000's, restoration costs $100's-  I can usually refinish a leather sofa for 20-30% of what it costs to replace the leather.  So if you'd need to pay $2000 for a nice new sofa, I can restore your older one for $400-500 saving you the $1500 difference.
  • I've done it 100's of times-  I know I can save you the $ and give you a fresh, restored leather furnture set because I've done it for 100's of customers over the last 15 years.

2. Here are pictures of some of the leather furniture I have restored over the years.

Quality leather but with extensive finish loss


Here is a creme leather sofa that had lost much of the color coat on the seats and arms. It was cleaned incorrectly and the customer had a dog that licked the sofa. Once I restored the color the set was as good as new.


Faded Brown Leather Set 


Here is the chair of a leather sofa, loveseat and otto set that I restored for a customer in Northern Va.  It was sun-faded and dried out from years of use.


Light Colored Leather Sectional Dirty from Use

Here is a picture looking down at the wedge of an off-white leather sectional.  I have partially completed the clean, repair, recolor and condition job.  I see many light leathers that get dirty and worn looking after years of use but can be refreshed by professional leather cleaning.


Original Color Restored on Black Leather Chairs


The chair on the left was faded and discolored by years of use in an office lobby.  The chair on the right has been restored to the original black color.

These are just a few examples of the 100's of leather furniture sets I have restored over the years.


3. Info on the process of working with Chris in the Baltimore/Washington/Northern Va area on leather restoration.


  • I've worked to make it an easy process for you.
  • Answer a few questions and I can tell you if your leather is a good candidate for restoration, how much it will cost, and how long it will take to do the work.  (Pix are helpful but not neccisary in most cases)
  • Once we decide your leather is a good candidate for refinishing,we will schedule a date and time for me to come.  I can meet you or some one who can be home for you and we can do the work in 4-8 hours. 
  • I come to you and work in your home with blankets, drop-cloths and non-toxic cleaning and refinishing supplies.
  • Once the work is completed, it is ok to use immediately.  It helps to allow it to sit overnight without much extra use but will not be wet, sticky or "off-limits" to use.
  • There is more information available at my FAQ section here.
  • Or you can contact me at 443-742-0980 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

It's that easy.  I've done many of these jobs over the years.  I'm happy to talk with you and hope my skills can save your leather furniture for many more years of use,

                                                                             Christopher M. Repp


P.S.- Click here to see my monthly local services deals



Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 November 2016 21:22
Easy Do-it-yourself Instructions for Repairing a Small, Clean Cut in your Leather. PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Chris Repp   
Monday, 11 January 2010 01:11

      Here is a video on repairing a small cut in your leather.  You should only attempt this repair on protected leather.  (See the knowing your leather article)  You will need just a few easy tools that you probably already have around your house:

       A soft, white cloth for cleaning, a small piece of thin, strong cloth as sub-patch material (cut an old t-shirt so the edges are not too frayed or get a piece of sub-patch cloth at the fabric store) , scissors, a paint brush w/ a round bottom, Aileens craft glue (Liquid stitch or Unique Stitch from a fabric store will do), a dull paring knife, a straight pin, a hair dryer, a heavy book.

Now just watch the video a few times through and give the repairs a try. 


       Even if you don't find you can do the repair, your attempt will not damage anything.  You can always hire a leather professional to do the work for you. 


       When you complete these steps, you will have a solidly repaired tear that should not reopen or tear further.You will still see a line at the top where the cut was before you repaired it.  If you want a repair that looks more finished off, a leather professional can fill the line, recolor the area and clear-coat protect it.  You can check our service professionals section for the name of a good professional to hire. 


       Let me know how the process goes for you.  You can even send me before/after pictures to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and I'd be happy to post them so you can show off your new leather repair skills.   

Last Updated on Friday, 03 December 2010 19:10
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