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Article: Restoring wallet scratches for prolonged use! An easy method to eliminate scratches.

Restoring wallet scratches for prolonged use! An easy method to eliminate scratches.

Restoring wallet scratches for prolonged use! An easy method to eliminate scratches.


Among many wallets, genuine leather wallets are the most popular. Recently, the variety of genuine leather wallets has increased, and many people choose specific styles of leather wallets based on their preferences.

However, the leather of wallets carried daily is prone to damage, and maintenance can become quite cumbersome. Some people may not be accustomed to regular maintenance, but if their beloved leather wallet has noticeable scratches, it can be heartbreaking.

In fact, scratches on leather wallets can be easily eliminated with the right methods. This time, we will provide specific instructions on "how to remove scratches from leather wallets."

For situations where it's difficult to prepare professional leather cleaning tools or when you want to perform simple emergency treatment first, we would like to introduce some "maintenance methods using everyday items that can be implemented at home.

  • Methods to Remove Scratches from Leather Wallets:

    1. Using Fingers and Soft Cloth:

      • Gently rub the surface with your fingers to remove minor scratches.
      • Wipe the surface with a soft cloth.

    2. Using Brush and Leather Balm [Recommended]:

      • Brush away dust and debris.
      • Wipe the surface with a soft cloth.
      • Apply a small amount of leather balm.
      • Use a brush to gently rub the surface.
      • Wipe the surface again to finish.

    3. Using Everyday Items to Remove Leather Scratches:

      • Use a toothbrush and hand cream to eliminate scratches.

    4. When Unsure, Seek Professional Repair:
      If you are unsure or the scratches are severe, it's recommended to seek professional repair services.

    5. Prevent Damage through Regular Maintenance:

      • Cultivate your leather wallet through regular maintenance to prevent damage.

    6. Leather Balm:

      Treatment for Scratches Based on Leather Type:

      • For Oily Leather
      • For Soft Cowhide
      • For Suede

The methods to remove wallet scratches

Without further ado, let me now introduce you to the specific methods for removing leather scratches.

Firstly, when it comes to scratches, there are various types, and everyone may have different feelings about them. Also, the types of leather products (such as wallets) vary.

Since each person's situation is different, please choose the method that suits you best.

Using Fingers and Soft Cloth

If the leather wallet has minor scratches, you can usually easily remove them by gently rubbing with your fingers or a soft cloth. Some minor scratches can be treated by using your fingers or a cloth.

However, when using your fingers or cloth to rub, sometimes the color of the rubbed area may slightly deepen, or a shine may appear. Since the final effect may not be ideal, the method of using your fingers or a cloth to remove scratches should be considered as a "temporary emergency measure.

Using Brush and Leather Balm [Recommended]

Using a brush and repair cream not only effectively removes scratches but also helps in leather maintenance.

This method not only removes scratches but also enhances the shine of the leather, giving your wallet a more stylish appearance.

    Let's go into detail about the method of eliminating scratches.
    First, we need to prepare the following items:

    [Essential Items]

    • Horsehair brush
    • Leather repair cream
    • Soft cloth

    Remove dust with a brush 

    First, let's use a brush to sweep the wallet and remove any dust and debris. If you brush carefully, minor scratches may become less noticeable at this stage.

    We recommend using the Collonil "Horsehair Brush" because it is not only suitable for wallets but also for various other leather products, making it a worthwhile investment.

    Wipe the surface with a soft cloth.

     Wipe with a soft cloth before applying repair cream to further smooth the surface of the wallet. The ideal fabric for this step is a soft cotton cloth.

    We recommend using Collonil's "Polishing Cloth" for this process.

    ※ You can also use old underwear or similar soft cotton fabric as an alternative.

    Dip a bit of leather conditioner
    Use a dry cloth to take an appropriate amount (about a 1cm diameter) of leather conditioner and evenly apply it to the leather in circular motions.

    Carefully wipe until the scratches become less noticeable. Once the entire surface is evenly wiped, wait for about 5 minutes to allow the leather care cream to penetrate fully into the leather.

    The recommended leather care cream is Colonia 1909 Supreme Cream Deluxe. This leather care cream contains superior ingredients such as cedar wood oil and camphor, providing advanced nourishment for the leather.

    ④Rub the surface with the brush.

    After waiting for at least 5 minutes following the application of the leather care cream, perform a second wiping. During this second wiping, apply slightly more pressure compared to the first wiping. By exerting more force while wiping, the scratches on the leather will blend in better, and a shine will be produced.

    Wipe the surface after completion.

    Finally, use a dry cloth to wipe away excess care cream and dust.
    The methods mentioned above are effective for many leather wallets in "eliminating scratches."

    According to the type of leather, here are the methods for treating scratches

    While the previously mentioned methods are effective for many leather wallets, the diverse range of leather materials used in wallet production means that some methods may not be suitable for specific types of leather.

    Leather wallet materials generally fall into three categories, each with its unique characteristics. Here, we'll introduce the characteristics of various leather materials and the most suitable methods for addressing scratches.

    Oil-Tanned Leather

    Oil-tanned leather is one of the materials least prone to showing scratches.

    Due to the natural oils present in the leather, minor scratches tend to blend with the oils over time, making them naturally less noticeable with use.

    In fact, some minor scratches contribute to the leather product's "aging" process, adding depth and character, enhancing the charm of the leather item.

    Instead of attempting to remove every scratch, it's recommended to embrace the minor wear and tear as part of the leather product's character, appreciating the aesthetic appeal of its "aging" process.

    Therefore, regular self-care using leather conditioner and a brush, with the intention of maintaining the leather rather than just removing scratches, is a more appropriate approach.

    Vegetable Tanned Leather

    Vegetable Tanned Leather,also known as Oil-Tanned Leather, does not contain oils, making it more susceptible to damage compared to oil-infused leather.

    Its unique characteristic lies in its susceptibility to natural oils and sunlight, exhibiting a distinct "aging" process that allows you to truly experience the authentic flavor of leather.

    If scratches appear on full-grain leather, it is recommended to use leather conditioner and a brush for treatment.

    Suede Leather

    Suede leather is the least prone to scratching among the three materials.

    Even if there are scratches, they can usually be made less noticeable by gently rubbing with fingers or a brush.

    Therefore, further maintenance is often unnecessary.

    On the contrary, using creams or conditioning oils may compromise the unique texture of suede. It is advisable not to use creams or conditioning oils for maintenance.

    Method for handling scratches on genuine leather wallets

    In cases where the damage is severe and challenging to heal, you may use repair products or seek assistance from professionals.

    Use color-restoring cream or leather manicure:

    If the leather has cracks or severe damage, you can use color-restoring cream or leather manicure to make the scratches less noticeable.

    The method involves applying a small amount of the product to the damaged area, then wiping with a cloth or brush to ensure even blending, making the scratches less conspicuous.

    However, since adjusting the color with this method might be challenging, it may only be suitable for wallets in common colors, such as black or camel.

    Of course, you can enhance color accuracy by mixing various colors, but honestly, we don't recommend it for those unfamiliar with the process.

    Example of a color-restoring maintenance cream: SAPHIR's "Renovating Color Repair Cream."

    Leather maintenance cream: M.MOWBRAY

    Using Daily Necessities to Remove Leather Scratches

    September 2023 Update


    If you want to maintain and care for leather products for an extended period, it's recommended to have the tools introduced in this session. Finally, let me introduce a method for simple maintenance using everyday items.

    ■ For those hesitant to purchase specialized tools due to the lower price of the leather item.

    ■ For those needing to quickly address sudden scratches.

    For such individuals, I'd like to share the following content.

    Using a toothbrush and hand cream can make leather scratches disappear.

    First, here's what you need:

    ■ Toothbrush (preferably with softer bristles)

    ■ Soft cloth (such as non-fuzzy fibers like those in undergarments)

    ■ Hand cream (such as NIVEA hand cream)

    That's all you need.

    Let's go through the steps.

    1. Brush the entire damaged area with the toothbrush, including the entire surface.

    2. Gently wipe the entire surface with a soft cloth to remove dirt and dust, leaving the surface clean.

    If a hard toothbrush is used, it may damage the leather surface.So please use a softer toothbrush whenever possible and conduct a test in an inconspicuous area beforehand 

    1. Take an appropriate amount of hand cream (such as NIVEA, etc.) and carefully apply it with a cloth. Then let it penetrate for about 5 minutes.

    2. Brush the scratches with the toothbrush until they become less noticeable, using the brush to ensure an even application across the entire surface.

    3. Finally, wipe with a dry, soft cloth to complete the process.

    That's all the steps.

    In practice, the "horsehair brush" introduced in the first part can be replaced with a "soft toothbrush."

    The "leather cream" can be substituted with "hand cream," making maintenance as simple as that.

    Due to their similar composition and production, household items can be easily used for simple maintenance. This method is especially suitable for quick responses.

    Of course, for crucial items where errors are not acceptable, we still recommend using specialized tools or seeking professional assistance for maintenance.

    The replacement maintenance products are also introduced in the following article.

    If you're interested, you can take a look, just for your reference.

    When you don’t know what to do, you should ask an expert to fix it

    If the damage is beyond personal handling, it is recommended to seek help from professionals such as leather product repair shops. While this is a last resort, it provides more peace of mind than attempting unfamiliar self-maintenance methods.

    Experienced professionals can address damage through methods such as "repainting" or "using specialized resin to fill wounds."
    Even injuries that may seem irreparable could become less noticeable through these repair techniques. Typically, the cost for such repair services in Japan is around 5,000 Japanese Yen ($34) at many establishments.

    Even if there are "difficult-to-eliminate scratches" on the wallet, consulting with a professional for repair might restore it to its original state. It is recommended to inquire with professionals first.

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