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Upholstery Repair

If the tear is not that severe, upholstery repair can be done at home. All you need is a simple upholstery home repair kit and some bit of patience.
Rohini Mohan Dec 1, 2018
It is obvious that the upholstery of your furniture, car, etc is bound to get damaged at some point or the other. It is not possible to keep your furniture wrapped in protective plastic forever and if the upholstery does get damaged, getting it fixed can prove expensive.
The best way for you to reduce your overall expenditure is to learn how to repair damaged furniture coverings yourself.

Repairing Auto Upholstery

What you'll need first and foremost is a good quality upholstery home repair kit, which you can get from any fabric shop. You can even use stuff from your own fabric kit at home, however, just make sure that the tools are of sturdy quality and would make your work easier.
 In automobiles, the seat cover may get ripped due to wear and tear, cigarette burns, or other reasons. Here is how you can repair the covering in your car:
  • Repairing the upholstery in a car is not that simple because the seat cover may not be removable. Smaller tears such as cigarette burns and scratches can be covered with patches of leather or vinyl that can be stuck using strong adhesive gel or masking tape.
  • Using pliable gel also works great as this gel blends with the color of the covering and bonds with it well.
  • You will need to stitch the tear using a big thick needle and a strong thread, and thereafter, patch the torn area.
  • Larger deeper tears might need professional help.

Fabric Repair

To fix fabric furniture coverings is comparatively easier than other materials. Here are some basic steps that you'll need to follow.
  • All you need to do is first figure out what type of treatment would the ripped area require. If the damaged patch is small and long then stitching it would rectify the problem. Remember to color-coordinate the thread you chose with the fabric so that they blend into each other. The wrong colored thread would make the stitches stand out and look ugly.
  • If the tear is bigger and simply stitching the area won't do, then you will have to stitch/stick a patch over the torn area. The patch will also need to match the color and print of the upholstery.
  • You can even cut a patch of covering from an area that is hidden, such as from underneath the furniture.
  • Stitch the patch along its contours so that it looks plain and even.

Repairing Leather

Before you begin repairing leather upholstery, you will need to clean it because it will help in strengthening the adhesive gel.. Here is how:
  • Clean the surface with some detergent soap and water. Sprinkle the solution from a spray bottle and then gently clean the area dry with a cloth and blow dryer.
  • Gently scrub the torn area with sandpaper so as to even out the ragged edges.
  • Now, cut a piece of leather patch that is a bit larger than the tear and scrub its undersurface with sandpaper as well, so that it looks flat and even after being stuck.
  • Stick the patch with an adhesive gel and press the patch on the surface with the small hammer provided in the kit.

Fixing Boat Upholstery

A tear on the boat's upholstery can be a cause for serious concern because its repair value increases with an increase in value of the product. Except for some minor additions, vinyl upholstery can be repaired in the same way as leather. Here is how:
  • Once you are done cleaning the covering, pour some pliable repair gel into the tear with the spreading knife and let it dry. Make the gel reach into the depths of the tear, as this will help make the covering stronger and more resistant to further tear.
  • Now, spread a layer of vinyl compound into the deepest parts of the tear.
  • Spread the color compound gel over the dried layer of pliable gel so that the surface looks evenly color-coordinated.
  • When the color compound is semi-dry replicate the texture of the covering with one available in the kit. This is very important so that the repaired surface matches the original covering.
A proper upholstery kit will have most of the tools and gels you'll need to carry out the job. These kits are fairly priced and come in handy when you least expect it.