Good Questions: My Dog Scratched My Leather Couch!

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Dear Apartment Therapy,
My dog has scratched my black leather couch and I need some help on repairing it. The couch doesn't have a cut or tear, simply a bunch of scratches. Is there any kind of solution, oils, etc that will help make this less visible, or fix the problem? -Amanda

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Hi Amanda, we recommend you first try using some orange tree oil or olive oil on the scratches. These should help reduce the visibiliy and contrast of the scratches on the leather. We've also heard that a non-scented skin moisturizer can help "heal" leather surface wounds, working under the same premise as the oils. In conjunction with treating your leather, it's important to keep your dog's nails clipped; their nails are naturally worn down by taking your pooch out for walks, so listen to his or her wagging tail and get that leash out!

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