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Removing an Indentation From Leather

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Indentations in a leather purse, shoe, or even a car seat can be unsightly. This is a guide about removing an indentation from leather.


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September 27, 20140 found this helpful

I have two indentations on my bag:( I am very picky and they bother me a lot. Do you know if I can fix them? Thanks a lot!

By Jessica P



September 29, 20140 found this helpful
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Try using a hair dryer on high. Use your fingers to massage the dent out as the leather heats. Good luck.

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February 16, 2009

I have a pair of red patent leather shoes that have been sitting in my closet. Apparently something was sitting on top of them because now there's an indention on the top of one of them. Is there any way to get this out? It's very small but noticeable to me. It looks like it might be from the heel of one of my other shoes.

Michele from Monett, MO


February 16, 20090 found this helpful

Since most - if not all - patent leather shoes are actually plastic nowadays - you could try gently heating the spot with the dent and then trying to straighten it out by stuffing that part of the shoe with tissue paper or something similar.

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February 17, 20090 found this helpful

Or just wait until a nice warm sunny day and put them outside to bake for a while.

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April 14, 20090 found this helpful

A wooden shoe stretcher might do it. They're meant for making too-small leather shoes fit correctly. They also force the shoe to hold its shape when there is no foot in it.

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January 15, 2007

I received a leather Sak purse from my daughter for Christmas along with a clutch-type wallet. They were wrapped together in a box and you can see the half-moon shape of the wallet on the purse. I am using the purse but would like to remove the indention. Does anyone know how?


Junebug from Long Beach, MS


January 18, 20070 found this helpful

Try ironing over the indentation...of course now, you have to put a towel, maybe even doubled over the area between the purse and the iron...or stuff it as hard as you can and use the blow dryer to heat it...perhaps heat it first and stuff it really quickly...what you are trying to do is soften the site and when it cools the indentation MAY BE out.
Be very careful with either of these methods so as to not ruin the purse...I have no idea what a Sak purse iis or even the material it is made from...if it is a material or a leather this may work...if it is plastic, be extra careful with either method.
Hope this will work. I did this with my car dash years and years ago, when our son "bit" and left teeth marks in the dash of our new car!! It worked, I placed a towel over the area and plugged the iron into the garage outlet and just went back and forth until the dash material warmed up and the indents "released" so to speak


Good luck

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August 14, 20080 found this helpful

I was a handbag wholesaler & shipments would come in with
your type of crease. Stuff inside of bag to it's fullest then
blow dry on hot cycle.

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January 1, 20100 found this helpful

What I've done is use the bowl of a table spoon and rub on the backside.

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July 2, 2012

I have this patent leather little purse, and I wanted to sell it, but I noticed after cleaning it has a little dent in it. So, is there a safe way to actually get that indentation out?

Thank you!

By Geri from Central Coast, CA



February 11, 20130 found this helpful

Use a hair dryer on hot, and keep pressing the indentation with your thumb and it will gradually go away completely right before your eyes. You may want to apply some leather conditioner after you are done.

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